Titel: Graded Chinese Reader - 500 words - Selected, Abridged Chinese Contemporary Short Stories (+ 1 MP3-CD) - 汉语分级阅读 - 500词 (附MP3+拼音隐形卡)
Author / Editor: 史迹 Shi Ji
ISBN: 978-7-5138-0345-8, 9787513803458
Series: 汉语分级阅读 Graded Chinese Reader
Language: bilingual Chinese-English
Date of Publication: 2013.06
Number of pages: 204
Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.4 x 1.6 cm
This is the fourth book of the Graded Chinese Reader series tailoring for foreigner Chinese language learners at new HSK Level 2 & 3 or above. The book can both serve as a Chinese reading textbook and also an after-school extensive reading material. It includes 15 award-winning mini-stories from China. The book has the following features:
1.Abridged versions of mini-stories written by contemporary Chinese writers, reflecting the everyday lives of ordinary Chinese people;
2.The vocabulary in this book consists of 500 essential Chinese words, which are mainly chosen based on the first 500 Chinese words of the 1,500 high frequency words in the International Curriculum for Chinese Language Education (2008). The book also includes some of the 600 Chinese words of the Chinese Proficiency Test Syllabus Level 3 (2009). The 500 high frequency words along with some new HSK Level 3 words that appear in the book are all included in the glossary;
3.Commonly used words appear in high frequency to form concise and short sentences with complete structure;
4.Pinyin is added to the complete text, English notes or sample sentences for difficult words and sentences are provided;
The same side note may appear again in the following articles to facilitate readers who want to choose an article of interest from those offered .
5.Guide to Reading and About the Author in English, and Questions in Chinese are
provided for each story;
6.Accompanied by original illustrations and a CD in MP3 format.
It is an established fact that reading practice is effective in improving one`s proficiency in a foreign language. Thus, for students of Chinese as a foreign language, learning how to read Chinese is essential to the process of becoming familiar with Chinese words. To become effectively literate, students need to have a command of about 3,000 to 5,000 Chinese words. However, mastering such a large amount of Chinese vocabulary can be quite a significant burden. But students are eager to read in Chinese even with a limited amount of vocabulary. I once taught in the Chinese Department of Venice University and found that the students needed simple reading materials that have been specifically designed for students of Chinese as a foreign language with the main purpose of helping them improve their reading comprehension. This series can be useful both inside and outside the classroom.
Readability and language practibility are characteristics of the simplified stories in this series, based on contemporary Chinese novels, some of which are prize-winning works. The stories all describe Chinese people`s lives and the various social changes that have occurred since the 1980s in China. By reading these literary works, written by important contemporary Chinese writers, students of Chinese as a foreign language can gain a better knowledge of the everyday lives of the Chinese people. In order toe help readers have a better comprehension of these works, each story has a “Guide to reading”, which appears before the main text. Questions based on the story and a brief introduction to the author are also included in the stories.
Graded Chinese Reader 500 Words is the fourth book of the series. The stories in Graded Chinese Reader 500 Words have been selected from a range of contemporary mini-stories. The vocabulary in Graded Chinese Reader 500 Words consists of 500 essential Chinese words, which were mainly chosen based on the first 500 Chinese words of the 1,500 high frequency words in the International Curriculum for Chinese Language Education (2008). The book also includes some of the 600 Chinese words of the Chinese Proficiency Test Syllabus Level 3 (2009). In each story, words outside of these above mentioned categories, such as more advanced words, proper nouns, idioms and complex sentence words, are explained in notes included at the side of each page along with examples of some of the commonly used words. Plus, words that are beyond the 500 yet within the category of 600 Chinese words of the Chinese Proficiency Test Syllabus Level 3 are marked. To make it easier for readers to look up the vocabulary, the 500 high frequency words and those belong to the New HSK Test Level 3 which have appeared in this book are listed in the glossary.
In Graded Chinese Reader 500 Words, the most common words appear frequently in the text so that students can memorize them more efficiently; the sentences are reasonably short; complex sentences are avoided; pinyin is used so that students can easily master each word`s pronunciation and look it up in a dictionary. Each story has its own notes so that readers may choose whichever story they wish to read. In order to improve students` listening comprehension, a CD in MP3 format is attached to the book. In addition, the stories are illustrated with pictures, which will help students gain a better understanding. The main goal of Graded Chinese Reader is to further reduce the difficulty of reading Chinese for students and improve their reading and listening ability.
About the author:
Shi Ji is a professor of Chinese language at the Chinese Teaching Center of Southwest Jiaotong University. She has been engaged in teaching Chinese language courses since 1996, including those at Venice University in Italy from November 2004 to November 2006. As an experienced teacher of Chinese as a second language, she has published a dozen articles in this field.