To achieve success in learning Chinese is to follow a clearly defined path comprised of many significant small steps, and to have a conscious change of attitude.
At MSL Master, the path of learning Chinese is defined by two inter-related and also stand-alone series of Chinese textbooks, Mandarin Express series and Chinese Reading and Writing series. These books are for non-Chinese speakers to learn Chinese efficiently, effectively and systematically, taking them from complete beginners to Chinese proficiency and cultural literacy.
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These two series of Chinese textbooks help students build up their Chinese language skills and cultural knowledge in four stages. As students progress from a lower stage to a higher stage, they will experience a different type of instruction, and their participation and contribution in the class will also gradually become more and more important to their success.
What can students expect when they start on this four-stage Chinese learning path? What kind of learning curve will they experience?
It is beneficial for students to know what to expect at each stage and what is required of them. It prepares them both psychologically and physically for the best possible learning outcomes.
These two series of textbooks are a departure from traditional Chinese language textbooks, which usually has a few fixed blocks in each lesson, and uses only one metric to determine the level of difficulties — the amount of new words. The more new words there are in a lesson, the more difficult it is.
Chinese teacher April considers this format is the least inspiring and the least effective.
After many years of working in the field, April developed a different format, or formats, which use several metrics to gauge levels of difficulties. Special techniques are applied to make sure students have sufficient opportunities to speak, to question, to present, to explain, and to critique. Students are invited to engage in their learning process more and more as they progress to higher levels.
Two series of Chinese textbooks, which clearly separate between learning to interact orally and learning to read and write, is the best approach to the task of learning Chinese.
When addressing to students of different cultural backgrounds, it is important to find the right approach to present Chinese culture and to draw students into the discussions.
A high quality Chinese curriculum can guide students through a series of incremental progress, with clear instructions, targeted exercises and sufficient repetitions.
We use a set of metrics to determine the level of difficulties, so that the beginner’s Chinese textbooks are not too hard, or the advanced not too easy.
Understand the structure of Mandarin Express Work Books, an essential component of our Chinese textbooks, and also get some ideas for writing exercises.
In addition to two series of Chinese textbooks, there are many useful resources and interactive devices ready to support teaching and learning Chinese.
While these two series of Chinese textbooks being at the core of our portfolio of products and services offered to teachers and learners of Chinese worldwide, we have produced many other products, such as Chinese Learning Pen, which can enhance the learning experience tremendously.
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