Duanduan Li, Irene Liu, Lening Liu, Hailong Wang and Zhirong Wang
Publication Date :
15 Jun 2002
This first-of-its-kind, two-volume primer is addressed to meet the needs of the rapidly growing number of Chinese language students who were raised in the United States in Chinese-speaking homes and can speak the language but who cannot read or write it. The book's lessons and exercises build upon the cultural knowledge of these 'advanced beginners' in order to facilitate full language acquisition. As a culture-based primer, this text takes an unusual and innovative approach, with lessons organized around readings on Chinese history, culture, geography, literature, folktales and mythology, customs, and cuisine. The focus, therefore, is not on sentence grammar, but rather on reading strategies and on 'discourse grammar,' a new, more authentic approach to the study of languages.