Problems Encountered in Teaching Chinese Pronunciation to Filipino Students

Margaret A. Baello,
Rosell P. Cultivo

Submitted Date: Mar 30, 2022


Teaching a new language, whether the teacher is local or native, is indeed difficult, especially if the learners do not have a background in the language. Mandarin is being taught as a foreign language in some universities, colleges, and senior high schools in the Philippines. According to Dong, Tsubota, and Dantsuji at Kyoto University, tonal errors are one of the most serious problems that Mandarin Chinese learners experience, which makes them stumble in their communication; hence, as a teacher, they are stressed, teaching the correct pronunciation should be given higher importance. The purpose of this paper is to examine teachers’ difficulties and challenges in teaching pronunciation of Chinese to Filipino students.

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