Synopses & Reviews
JIA YOU! CHINESE FOR THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY is a full-year program for intermediate students of (Mandarin) Chinese. It is designed for college students in second-year Chinese as a foreign language program and senior high school students taking the AP Chinese Language and Culture Exam. The program aims to equip the students both linguistically and culturally to communicate successfully in Chinese within and beyond the school setting. It provides a practical, interactive and engaging language-learning experience for students, as well as an efficient and comprehensive teaching resource for instructors. JIA YOU! encompasses 10 units and is divided into two volumes. Each unit addresses a specific theme of contemporary or historical Chinese culture with two lessons designed around the theme. Each lesson consists of Chinese texts, content-based presentations of vocabulary, grammar, common expressions, and exercises. The complete program includes the textbooks, Workbooks, Audio CDs, Video on DVD and a companion website.
About the Author
Jialu Xu is a Principal in the College of Chinese Language and Culture at Beijing Normal University. Professor Xu specializes in studies in Chinese lexicology, linguistics, and applied linguistics. He has conducted extensive research into Chinese language teaching, Chinese culture and Chinese information processing. He has also served as series consultant and editor to several important Chinese language courses and dictionaries. ??, ?????????????? Professor, College of Chinese Language and Culture, Beijing Normal University. Professor Chen is the main author of four key Chinese language teaching series, namely, Studying in Beijing (????), College Chinese Series (????), Learn Chinese with Me (?????) and Standard Chinese (????). ???, ??????????????? Ruojiang Wang is a Professor, Vice Principal, in the International College for Chinese Language Studies at Peking University. ???, ?????????????? Ruiping Zhu is a Professor in the College of Chinese Language and Culture at Beijing Normal University.
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"I like the scope and sequence, a good balance between aspects of personal, social life and those of important Chinese culture and traditions…I like the general structure of "Warm-up", "Pre-reading", "Main text (with narratives and dialogs)", Practice (vocabulary, grammar, communication)", and "Listen & Speak". It flows well and should be easy for teachers to use because the arrangement itself presents a good pedagogical sequencing." "The very first groundbreaking project in the development of instructional materials in Chinese! The program well reflects ACTFL's five National Standards and corresponds to cutting-edge pedagogy. I'm truly heartened by such a wise move towards the development of instructional materials. I look forward to its great success!" "With one unit that I reviewed, I already sense the direction of the textbook meeting our needs in preparing our AP Chinese students for their AP Exam. Hopefully, the whole book will follow the same spirit and I would like to be the first one to recommend this series to our school district and teachers in other districts for adoption." "[The book design and layout] are very attractive in comparison with the books I have used. The combination of the clear illustrations and interesting page layouts attract student's attention… The unit [I reviewed] provides students with interesting cultural information. My students love it!" "I really like this part [supplementary culture notes in the Instructor's Resource Manual]. Not every Chinese teacher knows all the culture aspects. For a teacher, who's been abroad for a long time, the notes on the recent culture not only provide information but also some new vocabulary words (such as proper nouns)."