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MSL Master offers two series of textbooks, Mandarin Express series and Chinese Reading and Writing series, designed for non-Chinese speakers to learn Mandarin Chinese effectively and efficiently. These two series provide a learning path, taking students from beginners to language proficiency and cultural literacy. There are four stages in this path, and each has its own objectives and its own type of instruction, also requires different kinds of participation from students.

Mandarin Express

Four levels of comprehensive Mandarin instruction ranging from daily activities to world issues

Practical task-based learning with a wide variety of text presentations

Targeted words and structures are re-enforced through interactive exercises and listening drills

Chinese Reading and Writing

Carefully picked characters based on their frequency in Chinese and their places in Mandarin Express series

Numerous illustrations to show how to use these characters in combinations, sentences and narratives

Each character introduced is in connection with, and only in connection with, the characters already presented

Two Series of Chinese Textbooks Take Students from Beginner to Language Fluency and Cultural Literacy

These two series of inter-related, and also stand-alone, Chinese textbooks help students build up their Chinese language skills and cultural knowledge in four stages. The content of the textbooks are relevant and interesting, and can be easily applied to real world situations, while built-in class activities help teachers facilitate learning process with clear objectives. Multi-cultural exchanges bring out in-depth presentation and discussion of Chinese culture. (April Zhang offers these Chinese courses in Hong Kong.) 

The Four Stages of Learning Mandarin Chinese

Chinese Textbooks


With no prior knowledge of the Chinese language, students get familiar with the sound of Chinese, learn basic sentence structures, and carry on basic conversations of daily topics.


Mandarin Express Intro Level A Student's Book & Work Book


Students acquire 320 basic Chinese characters and develop sophisticated skills in reading and writing Chinese texts. At the same time, they learn to be expressive on various important topics.



Students learn 2000 to 2500 characters rapidly, acquire more complex sentence structures, and develop their abilities in presenting and writing in Chinese on many contemporary topics.



Students read long analytical articles and a selection of classical texts ranging from 2100BCE till the 20th century, and get an acute sense of Chinese cultural literacy.


Why we publish two series of Chinese textbooks

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.

learn Chinese culture

How we make Chinese textbooks culturally significant

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.

Chinese curriculum

Chinese curriculum a set of incremental progressions

A high quality Chinese curriculum can guide students through a series of incremental progress, with clear instructions, targeted exercises and sufficient repetitions.

The techniques we use to gauge levels of difficulties

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.

Learning Chinese by doing - The essential functionality of Work Books

Understand the structure of Mandarin Express Work Books, an essential component of our Chinese textbooks, and also get some ideas for writing exercises.

Supporting resources for teaching and learning Chinese

In addition to two series of Chinese textbooks, there are many useful resources and interactive devices ready to support teaching and learning Chinese.

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