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Title: A Concept-Based Instructional Design: Introducing Chinese Color Terms and Their Metaphorical Meanings at the Elementary Level

Author: Gang Liu

            Haixia Wang

Abstract:

Metaphor is an indispensable part of human life. Scholars have argued that not only do we use metaphors to talk about abstract concepts that are hard to explain in concrete terms, but how we perceive and interact with our cultural reality is also influenced by a conceptual structure that is fundamentally metaphorical. As a sub-category of conceptual metaphors, color metaphors play an important role in human life and daily communication. Understanding the metaphorical implications behind the color terms will not only help us understand the rationale behind of the choice and use of them, but also enable us to look into the conceptual structure of the language and culture in which these terms are rooted. The purpose of this instructional design is to investigate if classroom instruction inspired by the concept-based instructional approach could raise students’ conceptual awareness of the cultural implications behind certain Chinese color words and affect their metaphorical interpretation of certain Chinese color terms. Since few pedagogical reports have focused on the instruction of Chinese color terms as conceptual metaphors, this study will help us understand students' learning process and provide useful pedagogical information and strategies for language teachers on this subject.

 Keywords: Conceptual metaphor, Chinese color terms, Concept-based instruction, Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language

Source: Studies in Chinese Learning and Teaching,2015 1.1: 40-59.  


标题:概念型教学设计:初级汉语二语教学中的颜色词及其比喻概念

摘要:

比喻是人类生活中不可或缺的一部分。学者认为,比喻不仅是一种运用具体语言解释抽象事物的修辞方式,也是影响着我们思考和认识世界的一种重要思维模式。作为概念比喻的一种,颜色词在我们的生活和日常交流中起着重要的作用。理解颜色词背后所蕴含的喻意,不仅有助于我们理解人们选择及运用这些颜色比喻的原因,也可以促使我们深入探讨这些颜色比喻所展示的相应语言和文化的特性。本次教学设计的主要目的是探讨在汉语作为外语教学的环境下,能否通过课堂教学来提高学生对汉语中颜色比喻的意识,并加深其对这些颜色比喻的理解。由于前人研究较少涉及到颜色词在概念比喻层面上的教学,本次研究可以帮助我们理解学生学习汉语颜色比喻概念的过程,也可以为其他教师在此课题上的教学提供实用的信息和方法。

关键词:概念比喻,汉语颜色词,概念型教学,汉语作为外语教学

出处:《汉语学习与教学研究》,2015年,第一卷第一期,40-59页

 

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