Carl Polley, Kapi‘olani Community College
Copyright Year: 2019
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This textbook covers everyday conversational Chinese topics that are appropriate for this level (travel, socializing). My impression is that the book is aimed mostly at travelers who wish to visit China. If this book is aimed at the college level,... read more
This textbook covers everyday conversational Chinese topics that are appropriate for this level (travel, socializing). My impression is that the book is aimed mostly at travelers who wish to visit China. If this book is aimed at the college level, I think it would be good to include topics regarding education and student life. Some students may go on to study abroad in China. In my opinion, this book would be suitable as a core text for a course, or as a supplementary resource.
Overall quite accurate. Some minor errors, such as a portion that for some reason is in traditional characters instead of simplified.
I would like to see more coverage of social media and apps which have transformed much of Chinese everyday life. For instance, using cash to pay for goods and services is increasingly rare in favor of using WeChat pay.
The book is written succinctly.
This book is very easy to use.
The textbook breaks everything down into bite-size chunks. Most sections do not require any scrolling to complete.
The book starts with an introduction to Pinyin (Chinese sound system) and Chinese characters (Chinese writing system) and moves on to real-life dialogues from simple greetings toward more advanced topics as it progresses.
Overall the text is cleanly presented and has good readability. (However, I was unable to access the tests without a University of Hawaii login.)
The grammar is accurate.
There are adequate language and cultural notes in this book.
I like that the exercises in this book are interesting and practical. They focus on developing students' listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. In addition, unlike any traditional paper textbooks, the visual and audio materials of this book are all together in one place with a click on the link . Students can watch or listen to the materials as many times as they need to. They can also get feedback immediately.
Table of Contents
- 1: Introduction
- 2: First Contact
- 3: Origins and Language
- 4: Family
- 5: Ordering Food and Drink
- 6: At the Restaurant
- 7: At the Hotel
- 8: Shopping
- 9: Review and Conclusion
About the Book
This course is designed for learners with no background in Chinese. It introduces basic structures of the Mandarin Chinese language with emphasis on listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Students will gain these four skills in standard Mandarin Chinese, attaining approximately the Novice-High level on the ACTFL-ETS (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) proficiency scale. Topics of conversation include basic greetings, names, family, work, study, and hobbies.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:
- Exchange information about familiar topics using phrases and simple sentences, sometimes supported by memorized language, and ask and answer simple questions about everyday situations in short social interactions. (Interpersonal Communication)
- Verbally convey basic information on familiar topics using phrases and simple sentences. (Presentational Speaking)
- Write short messages and notes on familiar topics related to everyday life. (Presentational Writing)
- Interpret spoken words, phrases, and simple sentences related to everyday life by recognizing pieces of information and by identifying the main topic. (Interpretive Listening)
- Interpret familiar words, phrases, and sentences within short and simple texts related to everyday life and identify the main idea of written materials. (Interpretive Reading)
About the Contributors
Carl Polley, Instructor – Languages, Linguistics and Literature, Kapi‘olani Community College