Modern Mandarin Chinese is a two-year undergraduate course for students with no prior background in Chinese study. Designed to build a strong foundation in both the spoken and written language, it develops all the basic skills such as pronunciation, character writing, word use, and structures, while placing strong emphasis on the development of communicative skills.
Each level of the course consists of a textbook and workbook in simplified characters. A free companion website provides all the audio for the course with a broad range of interactive exercises and additional resources for students’ self-study, along with a comprehensive instructor’s guide with teaching tips, assessment and homework material, and a full answer key.
Key changes to this new edition:
- This revised edition of level 2 introduces over 200 characters and over 400 new vocabulary items.
- Additional exercises in the workbooks and online support the expanded number of words and characters incorporated into the textbooks.
- New cross-references between the textbooks, workbooks, and companion website facilitate using all the resources in an integrated manner.
- The website has been redesigned and greatly enhanced.
Retaining its focus on communicative skills and the long-term retention of characters, the text is presented in simplified characters and pinyin with a gradual and phased removal of pinyin as specific characters are introduced and learned. This approach allows students to focus on the pronunciation and meaning of new words before the corresponding characters are introduced, ensuring they are guided and supported towards reading only in characters.
- The main author, Claudia Ross, has learned Chinese as a second language herself and understands the difficulties non-native speakers face. The volumes in this series are unique for the pedagogical perspectives and techniques they use in terms of teaching Chinese students whose native language is English.
- Presents a principled and pedagogically purposeful use of pinyin. The unique approach to character retention involves the support but gradual elimination of pinyin. Most textbooks provide pinyin and characters together throughout. Studies have shown that if pinyin is presented students continue using pinyin as a crutch. This course supports students through the transition beyond the reliance on pinyin to authentic reading of characters.
- A simple structure with just one textbook and one workbook for each level with free access to the companion website.