Language is the most direct way for mankind to communicate information and exchange ideas, and it serves as a bridge between different people and cultures. Chinese language, along with the rapid development of China’s economy, is becoming increasingly popular in the world. Chinese language courses are offered as early as primary school or junior middle school in many countries. To meet the needs for Chinese textbooks suitable for primary and junior middle school students, a project was founded by the National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (NOCFL) of China and we were entrusted with the work of compiling KUAILE HANYU, a SERIES OF Chinese textbooks for junior middle school students of English speaking countries.
In the process of compiling, NOCFL acted in close coordination with the British Council. The textbooks were tried out in some junior middle schools in UK under the organization of the British Council. After soliciting opinions from the experts concerned and with the permission of NOCFL, the textbooks have been published in the UK by the British Council with the title Chinese for GCSE.
KUAILE HANYU consists of six books with three levels, with both a student’s book and teacher’s book at each level. From the design, the compiling to the publishing, we have made every effort to accord with learner’s psychological conditions and needs of the student from 11 to 16 years old, and with the requirements of foreign language curricula of certain countries. KUAILE HANYU focuses on the training of Chinese communicative competence, and also on motivating the learners. It is devoted to forming a solid foundation for the learners’ further study.
It is our hope that KUAILE HANYU will increase every learner’s interest in Chinese, that KUAILE HANYU will let the learners know learning Chinese is very happy and easy rather than boring and difficult, that KUAILE HANYU will help the learners improve their Chinese, and thus get the key to the Chinese culture. We also hope that our colleagues in other countries will like KUAILE HANYU, and have a stronger connection with us.
Table of Contents
Unit One My Friends and I
Unit Two My FAamily
Unit Three Shopping
Unit Four School Life
Unit Five Environment and Health
Unit Six Fashion and Entertainment
Unit Seven Media
Unit Eight Travel and Custom