Linguistics and the Human Sciences, Vol 4, No 3 (2008)

The Relationship Between Chinese Language Skills and Language Awareness

Pui Kwong Wong
Issued Date: 14 Jul 2011


The paper proposes an explanatory framework of language abilities which involves the relationship between Chinese language skills and language awareness. It also examines the differences between language awareness and yugan (語感, language intuition), which is a commonly used term in China. The language intuition includes three abilities to: (1) judge whether a language unit is appropriate; (2) locate which part of a language unit is not appropriate; (3) correct the inappropriate part of a language unit. In addition to the three abilities, language awareness includes the fourth ability: (4) to give reasons for the corrections. There are no significant correlation coefficients between the fourth ability and the first three abilities, and four language skills; while there are close correlations coefficients between the three abilities. The findings offer an evidential basis for enhancing pedagogical procedures which improves language skills through upgrading language awareness.

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DOI: 10.1558/lhs.v4i3.289


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