Basics of Chinese Language (Vocabulary)

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Usage Advice: For TCFL teachers, postgraduates majoring in Chinese, international students interested in Chinese vocabulary, students who are going to be TCFL teachers, and researchers of Chinese vocabulary.Toteach the book chapter by chapter.

Basics of Chinese Language (Vocabulary) is a book in “A Series of Books on Standards for Teachers of Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages”. It is composed of 11 chapters, the first 5 of which introduce the basic knowledge on Chinese vocabulary, and the following six chapters introduce the principles and methods of vocabulary teaching in Chinese as a second language. This book is designed for TCFL teachers / prospective teachers, as well as students majoring in TCFL.

About the Author
Cai Shumei, an Associate Professor and Postgraduate Supervisor in the Chinese Department, College of Humanities of Xiamen University, focuses her research on Chinese syntax and semantics, especially in construction grammar, cognitive grammar, grammaticalization, second language acquisition and other areas. Ms. Cai’s works include over ten papers published on Chinese Teaching in the World, Language Teaching and Linguistic Studies, Contemporary Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and other linguistic journals. She has coauthored Basics of Chinese Language (Phonetics), Second Language Acquisition Study of Chinese Structures and Modern Chinese. Ms. Cai has taken the main responsibilities in a project supported by the National Social Science Foundation of China, a key project supported by National Language Commission, a project supported by Fundamental Research Funds for Central Universities. She has also participated in a key project supported by National Social Science Foundation, and a key project supported by Humanities and Social Sciences Research Base of Ministry of Education.
Shi Chunhong is a Professor at BLCU, a Supervisor for PhD candidates, and the Chief Editor of Language Teaching and Linguistic Studies. Dr. Shi’s research interests include Chinese linguistics, applied linguistics and theoretical linguistics. In recent years, he has been engaged in the theoretical and applied exploration of construction grammar, stylistic-register grammar, and studies on teaching and acquisition of Chinese as a second language. Shi has published nearly ten books and has participated in the compilation of several dictionaries and textbooks. His other works include more than 100 academic papers (coauthored ones included), over 70 linguistic articles and several translations.

1. Original in content.
This book integrates many new findings and linguistic data while introducing lexicalknowledge, and pays attention to introducing new theories and findings whichare paid most attention to by academic and teaching fields. The last six chaptersdemonstrate these new findings, including separable words, confusable words, culturalwords, prosodic words, chunks of language.
2. Accurate in positioning.
Incontrast to a general lexical course, this book is designed for TCFL teachers /prospectiveteachers as well as students majoring in international Chinese languageeducation. Chapters 6-11 are developed focusing on the principles and methods ofvocabulary teaching in Chinese as a second language. Of them, Chapter 6 makes ageneral introduction to the principles and methods of vocabulary teaching, allof which aim at teaching of second language vocabulary. The principles arewell-directed and the methods are practical and effective. Meanwhile, this bookhas five chapters to discuss several common special vocabulary types which aredifficult to deal with and are error-prone. Through a number of errors made bystudents, it helps teachers to analyze the reasons and provide teachingstrategies and suggestions.
3. Plain in writing.
Although thisbook teaches vocabulary, it uses easy language and has vivid and interestingcontent to help students easily learn knowledge and improve their skillswithout feeling pressure. In terms of writing, it has several characteristics.First, its language is simple and easy to understand. The author didn’t usedifficult academic terms but simple language to demonstrate profound theories.Second, it uses tables and examples to make summaries and comparisons, so as tomake the conclusion more intuitive. Third, the examples used are close toreaders’ study and life. It uses vivid and lively data and helps readers toexplore with the author.
4. Easy to use.
This book fullytakes readers’ reality into considerations. On one hand, readers can read thebook chapter by chapter. They can also read or use some chapters based on theirinterests, teaching progresses and needs. On the other hand, this book has an “Indexof Terms and Concepts”, which helps readers search the terms and concepts andread and study based on themes. Finally, this book is interactive. Each chapterhas a number of objective exercises, which are composed of not only objectivequestions to examine the knowledge, but also questions to check on students' comprehension, and typical questions frequently seen in classroom teaching. Thebook also provides the author's ideas and suggestions to many subjectivequestions. These exercises can not only be used as classroom tests andassessments, but also help readers to make explorations and interactions withthe author.
Basics of Chinese Language (Vocabulary)