Titel: 汉语和中国文化 Encounters - Chinese Language and Culture - Student Book 1 - 汉语和中国文化 Encounters - Chinese Language and Culture - Student Book 1
Author / Editor: Cynthia Y. Ning, John S. Montanaro
ISBN: 978-0-300-16162-5, 9780300161625
Series: 汉语和中国文化 Encounters - Chinese Language and Culture
Publisher: Yale University Press - 耶鲁大学出版社 (美国)
Language: bilingual Chinese-English
Date of Publication: 2011
Number of pages: 278
Dimensions: 27.5 x 21.5 cm
Encounters: Chinese Language and Culture is a fully integrated multimedia program for beginner-level Chinese that immerses students in the sounds of Mandarin Chinese while simultaneously exposing them to the sights and culture of China.
Informed by the latest language learning research and enriched by the creativity of language and media experts who participated in its development, Encounters represents a new generation of language programs. The program embodies a communicative, task-based approach, using authentic materials both in the textbook and the media that focuses students to learn by doing and not by rote memorization.
The guiding principle of Encounters is to launch students on a learning adventure by enabling and reinforcing what they can accomplish using Chinese (e.g. can-do's) and continually stretching their abilities through additional activities, vocabulary, and increasingly complex language use.
The dramatic series establishes a reference point for each unit, and provides ample opportunities to develop listening and speaking skills while introducing authentic Chinese culture. Relevant grammatical points and topics are then introduced and developed in context so students can accomplish their tasks and learning objectives.
The focus of each unit then shifts to reading and writing to develop students' full range of communication abilities. This communicative approach to language instruction is supported across integrated textbooks, workbooks, and other audio-visual and web media.
Encounters Student Book 1 (ISBN: 978-0-300-16162-5) is the primary text of the course. Neither a textbook nor a workbook, it is what we like to call a “working book”. It consists of 10 units and an introduction. These units are complete with learning material, instructional exercises, and vocabulary review. The Annotated Instructor's Edition (ISBN: 978-0-300-16166-3) is filled with teaching suggestions, activities, and answer keys.
Character Writing Workbook 1 (ISBN: 978-0-300-16170-0) is an ancillary workbook that focuses on teaching a student's learning of simplified and traditional characters. There are 10 units in the Character Book, which correspond with the 10 units of the main text.
Screenplay 1 (ISBN: 978-0-300-16605-7) offers a transcription in English, pinyin and simplified characters of the dialogue in each of the 10 dramatic series videos on the Encounters website. Traditional characters will be included in future reprints and in Screenplay 2 for movie units 11-20.
The Encounters web site, www.encounterschinese.com, is the centerpiece of the program. With designated sections for teachers and students, the Encounters site has audio and video material for each unit in Student Book 1, including 10-15 minute chapter videos from a feature-length film that was recorded on site throughout China specifically for the Encounters program. Students follow a diverse cast of characters as they experience life in today's China, interact with other students, and learn Chinese.
The Encounters DVD Lab Pack 1 (ISBN: 978-0-300-17565-3) contains all of the audio and visual content currently available on the Encounters website for Student Book 1.
At the heart of the Encounters program, the Encounters dramatic series transports the viewer directly to the cities and villages of this vast nation. Filmed on location in Beijing, Qinghai Lake, Shanghai, Suzho, Xi'an, and Yangshuo, these episodes show authentic scenes from daily life across China.
The engaging storyline weaves through the lives of eight main characters as they are swept along in the flow of their individual adventures. As their lives entwine in unexpected ways, these characters make discoveries about themselves and each other, about Chinese culture and customs, and about communicating with strangers as well as friends.
Episodes entice students to watch and learn more as more Chinese is progressively introduced and linked with corresponding lessons and activities in the textbook and online materials.
The Encounters website offers students and teachers an array of materials and activities, including interactive exercises, streaming video and audio content, and other resources for speaking, reading, and writing Chinese.
Robust audio activities assist students with listening comprehension, pronunciation, vocabulary, and model conversations. Online media enhance the learning and teaching of Chinese by providing an engaging experience that is powerful yet intuitive and easy to use.
“Innovative, fantastic, very engaging and encouraging for learning….The skillful film arts and ways of presentation utilized in Encounters represent a new and substantial development of teaching materials preparation. No doubt Encounters will be a major contribution to the Chinese teaching field.”
– Chengzhi Chu, Ph.D., Director of the Chinese Language Program, University of California, Davis
“I love the multimedia approach of Encounters!”
– LanHui Zhang Ryder, Northern Illinois University
“I like the natural context and the different types of exercises in the Encounters textbook, and the video is nothing short of great.”
–Hannah Lin, West Virginia University
“A powerful and innovative textbook series for students of Chinese.”
– Christopher Lupke, Washington State University
“As a teacher, I like the architecture of the book and its efforts to teach American students in a more communicative way.
– Yinong Yang, Buckingham Browne & Nichols
“By focusing in the first lessons on basic survival pronunciation, Encounters gives students more confidence in learning Chinese. A wonderful textbook! And the video series provides an authentic and high-quality environment in which to learn Chinese.”
–Bei Chen, University of North Texas
“This is a unique effort. The key here is the focus on the essentials of communication. The web component is great, and I love the video – as a nonnative speaker, I especially want the kids to hear someone who is not me!”
–Erica Dieselman, Hingham High School
“Among the many strengths of Encounters are the emphasis on culture in the videos, the variety of activities, and the useful review sections.”
–Jing Zhai, Marquette University
“Wonderful textbooks! With Encounters' well-constructed units and careful organization, I can save a lot of planning time.”
–Jia Yanmei, Perry County Central High
“Particularly for high school freshmen (who make up a majority of my introductory Chinese class), I need materials that are hands-on and practical if I am to maintain their focus and interest. Encounters promises just that.”
–Peter Bonanno, Suffield Academy
Flexible, multifaceted, and ground-breaking, the Encounters suite of materials offers teachers an exciting array of options. The print, audio, and video components are fully integrated and are available on the website.
Components for the first semester of Encounters:
•Encounters: DVD LabPack 1: For those who prefer to use physical media in the classroom or language lab. Includes nearly seven hours of audio and visual materials for the first 10 episodes of the Encounters program. Available as a single purchase item or as a site license. Click here to see a free episode from the movie.
•Encounters: Chinese Language and Culture, Student Book 1: Written by leading Chinese language educators Cynthia Y. Ning and John S. Montanaro, this full-color text introduces an innovative, communicative-based approach for teaching Chinese and features numerous exercises, activities, and cultural notes. The text is fully integrated with the Encounters dramatic series and website and includes extensive links to audio, video, and web-based instructional aids. Each book includes a code giving the student full access to the Encounters website.
•Encounters: Chinese Language and Culture, Character Writing Workbook 1 includes practice activities for use in the classroom or at home as well as Chinese character writing sheets for evaluation.
•Encounters: Chinese Language and Culture, Screenplay 1 includes a complete transcript in English, pinyin and Chinese characters of the dialogue in each of the 10 chapter videos in Student Book 1.
•For teachers only: Encounters: Chinese Language and Culture, Annotated Instructor’s Edition 1. An extensively annotated version of Student Book 1, this full-color volume is packed with step-by-step teaching tips and extra activities for classes and individual students.
Cynthia Ning is associate director of the Center for Chinese Studies and US director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she has taught courses in Chinese language and film for more than 25 years.
John S. Montanaro
John S. Montanaro, Senior Lector in Chinese at Yale University, a position from which he retired at the end of 2008, has taught Chinese language at Yale University for over thirty years.