The growing demand for linguistically, pedagogically and academically qualified teachers of Chinese has also given rise to a number of scientific and interdisciplinary questions in the field of Chinese Studies, linguistics as well as intercultural and educational sciences.

The scientific discipline dealing with these questions, Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (TCFL), is receiving a great deal of attention and support in the Chinese-speaking world. In Europe however  – despite it being one of the target areas of this field – the research on TCFL is not yet very developed. Questions regarding learning goals and outcomes, the bias of oral vs. written language (including Chinese character learning) as well as transcultural studies concerning learning traditions and curricular questions are awaiting further research.

The CHAFBIB bibliography (containing approx. 3200 books, teaching materials and articles as of August 2018) aims to serve as a scientific basis for researchers and teachers working in the highly intercultural field of TCFL, and shall be used for relevant seminars and theses in the context of linguistic, didactic or cultural studies.

CHAFBIB is supported by Fachverband Chinesisch e.V. and the Akademisches Konfuzius-Institut at Göttingen University.

Database maintenance:
2008-2010 Johann-Mattis List
2010-2017 Katrin Wartenberg

Thanks for support for data collection and proofreading go also to Andrea Frenzel, Dr. LIU Yue and YANG Yiqian as well as to Wiebke Dirks for technical support for the new website in 2018.

For all errors, additions and corrections please contact me as responsible person,


Göttingen, 26.8.2018

Andreas Guder

Fachverband Chinesisch e.V. / Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

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