China Focusis a set of comprehensive Chinese teaching materials specially
designed for the Chinese audiovisual-speaking course. The video clips are
extracted from contemporary Chinese social hot issues, feature programs, news,
sitcoms, documentaries, talk shows, interviews, entertainment programs, films
and TV plays, micro films, advertisements, songs, etc. Using abundant online
video resources, it builds a natural-language-based classroom teaching
environment, giving full play to the Chinese audiovisual-speaking course's function
of being a window to the society, and promoting the integration of language
learning and cultural understanding.
This set of materials is divided into six levels, each of which
is composed of several themes, encompassing society, economy, culture, education,
life, love, and art. Several course modules are designed under each theme. The
intermediate level (Ⅱ) includes 10 volumes,
each taking four class hours and covering the communication functions and
scenes commonly used in the elementary level, intermediate level and advanced
level. Teachers can develop a personalized assortment of teaching materials
based on the themes they are interested in, which can either be independently
used in an audiovisual-speaking course, or as exercise materials in a comprehensive
class, speaking class, listening class and other classes.
The titles of the intermediate level (Ⅱ) include Cartoons, Culture, Variety Shows,
Travel, Personages, Arts, Vocation, Family, Business, and Society.
Wang Tao, a teacher
of Beijing International Studies University, is devoted to studying Teaching
Chinese as a Foreign Language, and focuses his research areas on Chinese
language processing and computer-based studies. He participated in the design
and development of Jinshan Typing software and assumed the chief responsibility
of constructing the TCFL digital resources database of Beijing International
Studies University and other scientific programs organized by MOE and Beijing
City. He wrote a textbook entitledThe
Basic Computer-Based Chinese Language Applications for International Studentsand published a number of papers.
Besides these, he won the champion in the 6th Contest of Young Teachers of
Beijing International Studies University and got the first prize in the 2nd
Multimedia Education Software Contest of Beijing.