Dimensions: 275 x 210 x 5.5 mm, Paperback, 108 pages
Publication Date: 2008-11
Annotation language: English
Language skill: Speaking
Category: Chinese Textbooks for Children and Teenagers - Non-Chinese Origin
Medium: Paper, Audio CD
Easy Chinese for Kids is designed for elementary students with no Chinese background. It focuses first on listening and speaking, and then on reading and writing to effectively improve students’ overall communication skills. The introduction to Pinyin at the beginning of this book helps young children learn to pronounce and understand Chinese correctly. Ten lessons in the textbook, which can also be taught separately from the Pinyin lessons, teach students Chinese words on colors, numbers, family members, animals, shapes, food and drinks, telling time etc., while progressing to simple and practical dialogs. Each lesson has colorful images, new words and simple sentences. It is designed in accordance with LOTE (Languages Other Than English) Standards of various states.
About the Authors
De-an Wu Swihart, co-director of the Center for Teaching and Learning in China, a non-profit organization in Tennessee, is devoted to the training of Chinese and American teachers. After graduating from Peking University in 1982, Ms. Wu pursued a further education in US and received her MA degree from the University of Chicago and PhD. degree from Princeton University. She began to teach Chinese language, literature and culture at American universities from 1983 and has published nine textbooks on Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (TCFL), one of which is Daily Chinese for English Speakers.
Lung-Hua Gail Hu is the coordinator of Chinese language program at Brown University and senior lecturer. She got her Bachelor Degree from Soochow University in Taiwan and Master Degree from Columbia University of New York. She has taught Chinese at Princeton University for many years. She also taught in the following several programs: Princeton in Beijing, Middlebury College's Chinese Summer School, Columbia University's Beijing Language program and Duke Study in China. In 2006, the intermediate Chinese courses she taught were appraised as one of College Board's Ten Top Chinese Courses.
本书是为母语为英语的小学生编写的一套汉语教材，编写时参考了美国多个州的LOTE (Languages Other than English) Standards（外语教学标准），把“听说”和“读写”分开来教，把“有效交流”作为基本的学习目的。本书依据这些原则，注重以交流为目的，让学生学会实地应用学过的中文。本书的第1册不教汉字，而是重点教“听说”和拼音的书写系统，并特别把汉语拼音和英语的对比发音作为重点进行教学；课文设计尽量依据美国多个州的外语教学标准要求的内容，如“问候、颜色、形状、食物、时间、学校生活”等，所选词汇基本上是这些话题的常用词汇。对话以培养学生在实际生活中的交流能力为重点。