Easy Steps to Chinese (2nd Edition) Vol 2 - Textbook

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Usage Advice: With three periods, approximately three hours, per week, most students will be able to complete one book within one academic year.Fast learners can spend less than a year completing one book. Howto use this series: Stressthe importance of character structure when teaching new words. Knowing themeaning of the character in phrases will help students guess the meanings ofnew vocabulary that they encounter later on.Emphasizethe importance of having a good grasp of the new vocabulary and content of eachlesson. At the same time, the teacher should create opportunities for thestudents to functionally use what they have learned.Drawstudents’ attention to the texts in each lesson, as the texts are samples fororal and written work. The teacher should explain explicitly the formats andrequirements of different text styles. The oral and written exercises can bemodified to suit students’ levels.Selectexercises in the Textbook and Workbook to match with your teaching plan. Allthe exercises provided can be modified or expanded according to students’abilities and levels of Chi-nese.Besides the Textbook and Workbook, theseries includes additional materials such as exercises for specific languageskills, revision books for exams, Teacher’s Book, and digital resources, aswell as word cards, picture flashcards, lesson plans and test papers.Makegood use of the supplementary resources provided. The teaching suggestions inthe Teacher’s Book and the answers to the exercises in the Textbook andWorkbook are just for reference.Pace the course according to your teaching plan. Asthe series is continuous and ongoing, each book can be taught within any timespan.

Level: Elementary

Primary School ,Middle School

The 2nd edition of Easy Steps to Chinese is especially de-signed for non-Chinese background students, who are learning Chinese as a second/foreign language. The series can be used by secondary school students as well as fifth and sixth graders in primary schools.
This series will help students establish a solid foundation of Chinese in terms of characters, words, sentences and grammar through natural and gradual integration of language, themes and culture. The simultaneous development of listening, speak-ing, reading and writing is especially emphasized. The ultimate aim is to help students develop communication skills in Chinese in real-life situations and express their viewpoints appropriately, precisely, logically and coherently.
The series consists of seven books in three stages:
Stage 1 (Books 1, 2, 3): the focus of this stage is to establish a solid foundation through the learning of pinyin, characters, vocabulary and grammar. The aim is to help students foster an interest in learning Chinese and develop skills in using simple Chinese for communication.
Stage 2 (Books 4 and 5): the focus of this stage is to learn more vocabulary and grammar so that students are able to use the language functionally when communicating with people in real-life situations.
Stage 3 (Books 6 and 7): the focus of this stage is to provide students with authentic materials, and help them develop com-munication skills. It is believed that when the time comes, the students will be confident in expressing their viewpoints pre-cisely, appropriately, logically and coherently in both oral and written forms.

About the Author
Ms. Yamin Ma has an M.Ed. in Curriculum Design and Instruction from Queen’s University, Canada. She used to teach English at both secondary and university levels in Shanghai (China), Hong Kong (China) and Kingston (Canada) for over 10 years and has taught Chinese at primary and secondary levels in Hong Kong (China) for more than 20 years. Ms. Ma has been the Head of the Chinese Department in Island School (located in Hong Kong, China) for over two decades and has taught IGCSE, AS/A-Levels and IB Language B courses.
Ms. Xinying Li holds a postgraduate diploma in Applied Linguistics from Tsinghua University, China. She has taught English at university level in Beijing (China) before starting teaching Chinese at university and secondary levels in Edinburgh (U.K.), London (U.K.) and Hong Kong (China) for 30 years. Ms. Li is currently a Chinese language teacher and Head of Chinese Faculty in an international school in Hong Kong, China. She has rich experience in teaching I/GCSE, A/AS-Levels and IB Language B courses.
Both Ms. Ma and Ms. Li are experts in the field of Chinese language teaching and learning, and authors of two Chinese textbook series, which have been bestsellers worldwide for 20 years. Ms. Ma and Ms. Li continue to offer training and workshops to teachers of Chinese around the world.

Inorder to meet the students' needs to prepare for various exams and to achieve goodgrades, the core vocabulary, gram-mar and requirements of various exams aretaken as reference when designing the series. Some unique features of this series: Pinyinappears on top of characters at an early stage and is gradually removed as the studentsdevelop their Chinese profi-ciency. The teaching of pronunciation withcorresponding exer-cises is designed systematically and scientifically.Theseries stresses the importance of teaching basic strokes and compound strokes,stroke order, radicals and character structures. Character writing exercisesare provided to reinforce the learning of characters.Inorder for the students to better understand and more easily memorize the newwords and phrases, an attempt has been made to ensure that only one characterin each phrase is new, and only one meaning of this new character is given. Foreach lesson, new words and phrases are listed generally according to the orderthat they appear in the text; however, some phrases containing the samecharacter are listed together for ease of learning. Vocabulary expansion is made possible through a good under-standing of the meaning of eachcharacter in a phrase. Some of the words that appear in earlier stages arerepeated and prac-ticed in later stages to reinforce and consolidate the learning. Grammatical rules are explained in a simple manner, followed by practice exercises incontexts.Themesare varied and relevant to students' real life, and are carefully selectedaccording to students’ age group, interest and level of Chinese in each stage. Listening exercises are evenly spread out in each lesson. The listening script uses thesame topic and vocabulary as in the lesson, while adding some new words thatappropriately challenge the students.Speakingexercises take various forms that are interesting and relevant to students' life so that the students are able to develop communication skills in real-life situations. Reading materials cover a wide range of topics, such as daily life, humanities, arts,history, geography, new technology, en-vironmental protection, etc. The themesof reading are varied and the texts are authentic in nature.Writing training starts at the outset and remains afocal point throughout the series. The students are expected to use different styles and apply what they have learned in the course to write appropriately,precisely, logically and coherently.
Easy Steps to Chinese (2nd Edition) Vol 2 - Textbook