Titel: Chinese Biographies - Vera Wang 王薇薇 (mit Pinyin) - Chinese Biographies - Vera Wang 王薇薇 (带拼音)
Author / Editor: Grace Wu
ISBN: 978-0-88727-877-8, 9780887278778
Series: Chinese Biographies - Pinyin Annotated Readers
Publisher: Cheng & Tsui Company, Boston - 剑桥出版社 (美国)
Language: simplified Chinese Character
Date of Publication: 2012
Number of pages: 112
Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.3 cm
Discover the story of a world-renowned Chinese-American fashion designer. Vera Wang fell in love with the fashion world at an early age and rose through its ranks to become a designer to the stars. Readers will learn how this contemporary cultural icon overcame the challenges on her path to fame and developed her inspiring strength of character.
Chinese Biographies chronicles the lives of pop culture icons with connections to the Chinese-speaking world. Learning about world-renowned personalities from fields such as sports, music, and fashion helps engage student interest, while reading practice will boost their confidence and enjoyment of the language.
Targeted at North American high school and college language learners, this award-winning series of readers focuses on international celebrities like Jay Chao and Vera Wang to maintain a cultural context relevant to American students.
Pinyin annotation accompanies the simplified Chinese characters so beginning-to intermediate-level students can read without the aid of a dictionary for pronunciation. Unlike other readers at this level, the pinyin is separated by word rather than syllable, giving students a better understanding of how Chinese characters come together to form words and sentences.
These engaging biographies of are designed for students who have mastered 350 to 700 characters. Each chapter is preceded and followed by comprehension questions to facilitate dialogue between teachers and students. The Companion Website, www.chinesebiographies.com, includes additional exercises to improve students’ grammar and vocabulary. With access to audio, class handouts, and more, these texts are ideal readers for both classroom instruction and independent learning.
Online resources include:
•Sentence Pattern Exercises
•Accessible language, ideal for beginning and intermediate students
•Pinyin annotation is separated by word rather than character
•Pre- and post-reading comprehension questions
•For high school and college students with mastery of 350-700 characters
•Free companion website with audio, vocabulary lists, and multimedia
"Learning how to read Chinese involves learning, literally, thousands of characters whose correspondence to sounds is not as neat as in western languages, i.e., it would be hard to "sound out" word that you haven't seen before in writing. Simplifying the task by providing simplified readers with phonetic transcriptions directly associated with the words is a very good and pedagogically valid step. Such readers are scarce in Chinese. Ms Wu used technology as an enabler to both create and share the material online, setting an excellent example. It would be great if Ms Wu utilized a linguistic and conceptual model for controlling the readability level of the text. That would be especially useful not only for heritage speakers but also for speakers learning Chinese as a foreign language." -
Dr. Eleni Miltsakaki, Institute of Research in Cognitive Science, University of Pennsylvania