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Elementary Chinese Readers (Whole Set)

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Elementary Chinese Readers
Package: 4 textbooks (Book 1, 2, 3 & 4) with 8 audio cassettes
Published by Sinolingua Press, 1998.

Elementary Chinese Readers is the first set of textbooks distributed abroad since the eighties. This four volume series of textbooks is published in English, French, German, and Spanish. Teaching aids available to accompany the textbooks include cassette tapes in standard putonghua Chinese. This programme of materials has received great attention in Chinese-teaching circles in and outside China and has been used in many colleges and institutes as well as by self-taught learners. Over the past ten years, these materials have been repeatedly printed and distributed throughout the world. New developments in language teaching theories and the warm responses and constructive suggestions from the users of the books have paved the way for the current revisions. Professors Li Peiyuan and Ren Yuan have dedicated themselves to the revision work which included taking into consideration numerous comments and suggestions. More emphasis is now put on practical language needed in daily communication. Also, the material has been updated to reflect current Chinese life. The lessons have been carefully arranged to make the book as useful as possible. In addition, newly recorded cassette tapes are provided. The textbook aims at training students in practical skills. The first two books cover Chinese phonetics and grammar; the other two books contains short stories and selected articles. On the phonetics the editors try to present the phonetic structure of Chinese as systematically as possible through dialogues, without neglecting drills on the initials, finals and tones of single characters. A number of common sentence patterns in each lesson to illustrate certain grammar points are provided to practise intensively through substitution drills, while texts help students express themselves in connected speech. Tone-graphs are used in the substitution drills of the first book and in the texts of the second book, while the phonetic alphabet is used in the texts of the first book. This reflects the principle that gradual progress is beneficial to the learners. Brief notes on words and phrases and grammar explanations are arranged in two sections in each lesson. In order to be more communication oriented, cultural contexts in which the language is used are added within the original format and framework.

Technically the book has everything one needs for autodidactic learning. Each chapter presents new vocabulary and then gives a series of rigorous drills to ensure the information sinks into the student's head. There are also casettes available for the text, which mean that one is not depend on the abstract phonetic descriptions of Chinese sounds in the book. The ELEMENTARY CHINESE READERS are really meant for classroom use where instruction is given by a native speaker. Indeed, each grammatical point is accompanied by a Chinese explanation in Chinese characters, so that the instructor, who might not necessarily speak English, can make their alongside the students.

There is a class of students for which the grammar will be useful outside of the classroom. If you already know the basics of Chinese grammar and can read pinyin, this book can help you learn your first couple of hundred characters. All new vocabulary is given in pinyin and Chinese characters, and at the end of the chapter the stroke order of each character is given in a very clear manner. And though simplified forms are used, traditional characters are occasionally given too.

It is highly recommend for the basic mandarin student who is already familiar with Mandarin, knows the basics and would like to review them as well as learn new vocabulary.

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