Book for Writing Chinese Characters and Essays" is an accessory product of
the series Easy Steps to Chinese (2nd Edition).
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
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.
· The purpose of this Exercise Book is to
help students lay a good foundation learning Chinese characters through
· Students are expected to write the strokes
of each Chinese character following the correct stroke order provided in the
· Students are encouraged to sound the words
and phrases out while copying and remembering the meaning.
· This Exercise Book can be
used for copying new words and phrases learned in each lesson, and writing
essays. Essays should be written in neat characters following a given prompt
and specified word limit.