The Use of ICT in Singapore’s Primary Chinese Lessons

A Study Based on Classroom Observation


  • Yang Ronghua East China Normal University



Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Chinese language teaching, pedagogy, textbook, classroom interaction


This paper examines how information and communication technology (ICT) is utilized for the purpose of teaching Chinese language in Singapore’s primary school. From the analysis of 17 Chinese lessons, conclusions regarding the role of ICT in Singapore’s Chinese language teaching emerge, showing how various types of ICT tools and materials are manipulated for different purposes of teaching, how ICT is combined with pedagogies widely used in Chinese language teaching, how ICT is incorporated into classroom interaction, and how ICT works together with textbook in Chinese classroom. This paper also attempts to explain the findings of data analysis in terms of teachers’ attitude to ICT use, the problems of policy initiatives and the limitation of technology itself.

Author Biography

Yang Ronghua, East China Normal University

YANG Ronghua is currently a staff member in the graduate school of East China Normal University located in China. She has been working as a research assistant for Asian Languages & Cultures Groups of National Institute of Education in Singapore before moving back to China. Her research areas includes pragmatics, second language acquisition and the teaching of Chinese as a foreign language. She has done extensive observations in Chinese language classes in Singapore and has professional knowledge about the implementation of Chinese syllabus and other new policy initiatives for Chinese education in the country.



How to Cite

Ronghua, Y. (2015). The Use of ICT in Singapore’s Primary Chinese Lessons: A Study Based on Classroom Observation. Researching and Teaching Chinese As a Foreign Language, 1(1), 75–94.