second generation of the Practical
Chinese Reader series, New Practical
Chinese Reader (NPCR) is a series of comprehensive Chinese teaching
materials for adult students in countries other than China. The two generations
together have exerted an influence in the international Chinese teaching
circles for over 30 years. Its third edition centers on a few international
students, telling interesting stories about their life and friendship with
their Chinese friends and teachers in China. The revision regarding the third
edition adheres to the aim of making it “easier to learn” for students and “more
convenient to use” for teachers and maintains the pedagogy of “the integration
of structure, function and culture”, striving to develop students’
comprehensive use of the Chinese language, especially the ability of
cross-cultural communication, through the learning of language structures,
functions and relevant cultural knowledge as well as the training in listening,
speaking, reading and writing skills.
This is the English
edition of Workbook 2 matching Textbook 2, including plenty of exercises on phonetics,
vocabulary, sentence patterns and Chinese characters as well as training in
listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
Liu Xun is a
professor at Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) and a chief editor and
reviewer of Chinese textbooks in Beijing Language and Cultural University Press.
Mr. Liu has successively served as a member of the National HSK Advisory
Committee, a member of the TCSL Expert Advisory Committee of Hanban, a board
member of World Chinese Teaching Association, a consultant of Chinese teaching
for the New York State Department of Education, a visiting professor in Renmin
University of China and Beijing Foreign Studies University, and a member and
leader of the academic committee of BLCU. He once worked as a teacher in Ohio
State University, University of Maryland, Middlebury College, and The Chinese
University of Hong Kong, and gave lectures or academic reports in Australia,
UK, Canada, Norway, Russia, Egypt, Thailand, Singapore, Macao and Taiwan among
other countries and districts. Mr. Liu has won the Canadian TCSL Maple Award in
2014. His publications include monographs such as Introduction to Chinese as a Foreign Language Pedagogy, Introduction to Teaching Chinese as a
Foreign Language, Brief Introduction
to Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, An Overall View of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, and
widely popular CSL textbooks such as New
Practical Chinese Reader, Practical
Chinese Reader, and Chinese Textbook
for Children. Mr. Liu has been awarded a special government allowance by
the State Council of China.
Based on the
key words, phrases, grammar points and functional items in the Textbook, the
Workbook insists on the balanced development of listening, speaking, reading,
writing, translating and communication skills.
The exercises come in a rich variety
of forms and contents to effectively promote learners’ language acquisition and
improve their linguistic and communicative competences.
Various communicative, task-based
exercises enable learners to learn in practice and use and to complete language
tasks and communicative activities while mastering Chinese language structures.
Exercises in each lesson offer
authentic textbook-based materials, such as People’s
Daily articles, supermarket posters, business cards, tickets, etc.
The design of exercises
shows a gradual increase in difficulty, flexibility and scope to facilitate
teachers and learners’ free choice.