2nd edition of Easy Steps to Chinese is especially de-signed for non-Chinese
background students, who are learning Chinese as a second/foreign language. The
series can be used by secondary school students as well as fifth and sixth
graders in primary schools.
series will help students establish a solid foundation of Chinese in terms of
characters, words, sentences and grammar through natural and gradual
integration of language, themes and culture. The simultaneous development of
listening, speak-ing, reading and writing is especially emphasized. The
ultimate aim is to help students develop communication skills in Chinese in
real-life situations and express their viewpoints appropriately, precisely,
logically and coherently.
series consists of seven books in three stages:
1 (Books 1, 2, 3): the focus of this stage is to establish a solid foundation
through the learning of pinyin, characters, vocabulary and grammar. The aim is
to help students foster an interest in learning Chinese and develop skills in
using simple Chinese for communication.
2 (Books 4 and 5): the focus of this stage is to learn more vocabulary and
grammar so that students are able to use the language functionally when
communicating with people in real-life situations.
Stage 3 (Books 6 and 7): the focus of this stage is to
provide students with authentic materials, and help them develop com-munication
skills. It is believed that when the time comes, the students will be confident
in expressing their viewpoints pre-cisely, appropriately, logically and
coherently in both oral and written forms.
Ms. Yamin Ma has an M.Ed. in Curriculum Design
and Instruction from Queen’s University, Canada. She used to teach English at
both secondary and university levels in Shanghai (China), Hong Kong (China) and
Kingston (Canada) for over 10 years and has taught Chinese at primary and
secondary levels in Hong Kong (China) for more than 20 years. Ms. Ma has been the Head of the
Chinese Department in Island School (located in Hong Kong, China) for over two
decades and has taught IGCSE, AS/A-Levels and IB Language B courses.
Ms. Xinying Li holds a postgraduate diploma in
Applied Linguistics from Tsinghua University, China. She has taught English at
university level in Beijing (China) before starting teaching Chinese at
university and secondary levels in Edinburgh (U.K.), London (U.K.) and Hong
Kong (China) for 30 years. Ms.
Li is currently a Chinese language teacher and Head of Chinese Faculty in an
international school in Hong Kong, China. She has rich experience in teaching
I/GCSE, A/AS-Levels and IB Language B courses.
Both Ms. Ma and Ms. Li are experts in the field of Chinese
language teaching and learning, and authors of two Chinese textbook series,
which have been bestsellers worldwide for 20 years. Ms. Ma and Ms. Li continue
to offer training and workshops to teachers of Chinese around the world.
order to meet the students’ needs to prepare for various exams and to achieve
good grades, the core vocabulary, gram-mar and requirements of various exams
are taken as reference when designing the series. Some unique
features of this series:
appears on top of characters at an early stage and is gradually removed as the
students develop their Chinese profi-ciency. The teaching of pronunciation with
corresponding exer-cises is designed systematically and scientifically.
series stresses the importance of teaching basic strokes and compound strokes,
stroke order, radicals and character structures. Character writing exercises
are provided to reinforce the learning of characters.
order for the students to better understand and more easily memorize the new words
and phrases, an attempt has been made to ensure that only one character in each
phrase is new, and only one meaning of this new character is given. For each
lesson, new words and phrases are listed generally according to the order that
they appear in the text; however, some phrases containing the same character
are listed together for ease of learning.
expansion is made possible through a good under-standing of the meaning of each
character in a phrase. Some of the words that appear in earlier stages are
repeated and prac-ticed in later stages to reinforce and consolidate the
rules are explained in a simple manner, followed by practice exercises in
are varied and relevant to students’ real life, and are carefully selected
according to students’ age group, interest and level of Chinese in each stage.
exercises are evenly spread out in each lesson. The listening script uses the
same topic and vocabulary as in the lesson, while adding some new words that
appropriately chal-lenge the students.
exercises take various forms that are interesting and relevant to students’
life so that the students are able to develop communication skills in real-life
materials cover a wide range of topics, such as daily life, humanities, arts,
history, geography, new technology, en-vironmental protection, etc. The themes
of reading are varied and the texts are authentic in nature.
Writing training starts at the outset and remains a
focal point throughout the series. The students are expected to use different
styles and apply what they have learned in the course to write appropriately,
precisely, logically and coherently.
three periods, of approximately three hours per week, most students will be
able to complete one book within one academic year.Fast learners can spend less than a year completing
to use this series:
the importance of character structure when teaching new words. Knowing the
meaning of the character in phrases will help students guess the meanings of
new vocabulary that they encounter later on.
the importance of having a good grasp of the new vocabulary and content of each
lesson. At the same time, the teacher should create opportunities for the
students to functionally use what they have learned.
students’ attention to the texts in each lesson, as the texts are samples for
oral and written work. The teacher should explain explicitly the formats and
requirements of different text styles. The oral and written exercises can be
modified to suit students’ levels.
exercises in the Textbook and Workbook to match with your teaching plan. All
the exercises provided can be modified or expanded according to students’
abilities and levels of Chi-nese.
Besides the Textbook and Workbook, the
series includes additional materials such as exercises for specific language
skills, revision books for exams, Teacher’s Book, and digital resources, as
well as word cards, picture flashcards, lesson plans and test papers.
good use of the supplementary resources provided. The teaching suggestions in
the Teacher’s Book and the answers to the exercises in the Textbook and
Workbook are just for reference.
Pace the course according to your teaching plan. As
the series is continuous and ongoing, each book can be taught within any time