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CLS - Beginning Chinese (2 CD's)

CLS - Beginning Chinese (2 CD's)
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BEGINNING CHINESE provides language instruction for use inside and outside the classroom, either as a supplement, or as a self-instructional tool. The program includes 20 lessons and an additional introductory lesson on some key aspects of Mandarin Chinese and the Chinese writing system. Be sure to begin with the introductory lesson, since it will give you crucial background information for all your lessons. Each lesson consists of a dialogue (text, video, audio), hyperlinked grammatical and cultural notes, as well as several types of exercises. Also, at the end of each lesson are hyperlinks to supplemental lessons, cultural capsules, graphics, and reference material.

Within each lesson, you can work in several different modes. After getting as much as possible from the oral and visual sources, listen to the dialogue while following its written form. This mode allows you to listen to the whole text, as well as to sentences and words individually, if desired. At the word level you can follow links to grammatical and cultural footnotes, all explained in English. In addition, you can access an audio English translation of words and sentences at any time, although the written lesson texts are only available in Chinese characters and Romanization (Chinese written in the same letters that are used to write English).

When you are confident about your general comprehension of the lesson text, you can go through several exercises which offer immediate correction, and can be repeated as many times as desired:

  • Flashcards help learners review and expand vocabulary.
  • Multiple Choice helps learners test their general comprehension.
  • Vocabulary Completion (Cloze) expands learners' grammar and vocabulary.
  • Dictation tests learners' writing skills and points out special aspects of the language.

    Pronunciation allows learners to compare their own pronunciation to that of a Cantonese native speaker. This interactive multimedia language tool offers learners native pronunciation they can use at any time, and more efficiently than audio or video tape.

    Finally, get acquainted with a couple of internet web sites that provide a wealth of information and Chinese-related links that provide opportunities for you to go beyond the information in the lessons and explore the language on your own:

    The University of Arizona Critical Languages Program
    The Chinese Language Teachers Association

    BEGINNING CHINESE is designed to be flexible and to be used in a variety of settings, so the sequence that is best for you depends on your learning goals. However, you might consider the following Suggested Activity List, adapting it to your own needs.

    Get acquainted with the main dialogue by going through it in the different modes available (word, sentence, pronunciation and meaning, etc.). Start with the second lesson. Before you check the translation, try to get some general ideas by finding words/phrases you already know. Much of what we read or hear is understood by context rather than by word comprehension. Nobody learns everything there is to know in a language--even in English you probably hear words you are unfamiliar with and have to guess the meaning by context (for example, do you know what sonoluminescence means?). It is the same with Chinese.

    • Watch the video. Pay attention to the speakers' gestures and facial expressions.
    • Explore the culture and grammar notes.
    • Test your comprehension by doing the multiple choice questions.
    • Return to the video to see how much you understand. Try the Cloze (fill-in-the-blank) exercise. Once you understand the main context of the sentences, do the next few steps several sentences at a time (preferably two to three), gradually working your way through the whole dialogue.

      Memorize a couple lines, paying attention to your pronunciation and fluency, and then compare yourself to the native model by using the pronunciation exercise or the record/playback tools. Try to get as close as you can to the speed and pronunciation of the native model. Remember to pay attention to the tones--they are essential to understanding in Chinese!

    • Study the group of lines in detail, reviewing footnotes, English meanings, etc. as necessary.

      Try expressing ideas using all of the language and rules you've learned up to this point, especially the new vocabulary words and grammar structures. Follow the patterns given in the lessons and the footnotes, then replace the vocabulary with words from the supplementary lists. Make up your own dialogue, or talk to yourself or a friend in Chinese. Practice saying sentences to yourself as you go about mundane daily activities, such as driving, exercising, cleaning, etc. Experiment with the language!

      Be patient! Take it slow and don't get overwhelmed at the amount of information contained in each lesson. Language learning takes time and practice.

    • 32 video dialogues and readings by native speakers
    • Over 6,800 audio recordings
    • Classroom tested
    • Extensive footnotes
    • Lessons can show either simplified or traditional Chinese characters with Pinyin romanization underneath
    • Graphics Activities for each lesson:
    • Browse
    • Multiple Choice
    • Vocabulary Completion
    • Audio Flashcards
    • Pronunciation
    • Listening Dictation

    Product ID: 42730     ISBN-13: 9781929986033     ISBN-10: 1929986033
    Categories: Classroom/Schools, Classroom/Teaching Materials, Learn
    Supporting language: Chinese
    Platforms/media types: Windows NT, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows ME, Windows 98
    • Windows 95/98/NT/2000/ME, 486 (or better), 16MB RAM minimum, 2x CD-ROM drive, SVGA (or better), sound card, speaker, and 9MB disk space. Microphone recommended.