Easy Steps to Chinese adopts a new approach to teaching Chinese as a foreign language. It is designed for both primary and secondary school students who are taking Chinese exams, such as GCSE/IGCSE/AS (U.K.), SAT II/AP (U.S.A.), IB Chinese Language B Standard Level, or for those students who are starting to learn Chinese on their own.
The Easy Steps to Chinese series is especially developed for teenage learners in western countries or those in international schools in China. It follows strictly the AP and IB Chinese tests guidelines. The unique feature of this series lies in its “communicative” approach and the attention paid to the difference between the Chinese and Indo-European languages.The primary goal of this series Easy Steps to Chinese is to help the students establish a solid foundation of vocabulary, knowledge of Chinese and communication skills through the natural and gradual integration of language, content and cultural elements. This series adopts a holistic approach, and is designed to emphasize the development of communication skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Easy Steps to Chinese has three stages: Stage 1 – Books 1 and 2; Stage 2 – Books 3, 4, 5 and 6; and Stage 3 – Books 7 and 8. After completing this series, the students will acquire a vocabulary of approximately 1,600 Chinese characters, and develop confidence in using Chinese to communicate either orally or in written forms.
The series includes:
·Textbook with a CD
·Teacher’s Book with a CD
The features of this series:
★a wide variety of texts
★practical tasks and activities
★up-to-date topics relevant to young people
★carefully pacing for gradual progress
★clearly focused aims
★both simplified and traditional script in the vocabulary list
★a fun and effective approach
★attractive page designs
About the Author(s)
Yamin Ma, B.A. in English Language and Literature, and M.A. in Education, is currently a Chinese teacher in Island School, Hong Kong. Ma has gained years of experience in teaching Chinese as a foreign language and she actively keeps up with the trends of AP Chinese Test in U.S. and the IB Chinese Test in Europe. Her research covers English language teaching, Chinese language teaching and educational psychology. She has read and published a number of papers in international conferences.