Chinese Language Training for New Sinologists
This chapter, in three parts, attempts to outline the current state of Chinese language training with regard to its role in preparing people for work in sinology. The first part gives a fairly brief account of the current scene in Chinese language teaching and learning in the United States and summarizes the major approaches to this subject, the results of our teaching as seen in the performance of graduates of our Chinese language, the roles of planning, and various changes that are taking place in the field. The second concentrates on certain features of the current situation that are of particular importance and need greater explication. While both parts include the predictable references to textbooks, teaching methods, numbers of students, and so on, the dynamics of the field and how they affect language teaching are also discussed. The third offers some concrete recommendations for the future.