This is the first book (Student’s Book) of the Chinese in Focus
series. It is designed for American middle and high school students
who do not have prior knowledge of Chinese.
The outstanding feature of this book is the combination of comical
cartoon stories and precise language explanations. The presentation
of the content is visual, lively, clear, and entertaining. It is
easy for both teaching and learning.
The author of the textbook has designed a mystery story that is
used throughout the textbook and animation set. Mark, an American
high school student, who accidentally visits the Moon Palace, meets
two Chinese mythological characters. They travel through China
together; therefore the textbook is named Traveling in China. Students will learn pronunciation, Chinese characters,
vocabulary, dialogues, and cultural lessons while reading the
stories. Moreover, every Chinese character, dialogue scene, and
cultural note is illustrated by cartoons. Students are encouraged
to interact with the cartoon characters thereby stimulating their
interest and involvement. Learning becomes fun for the student. In
addition, the clarity of the explanations, the simplicity of the
format, and the creative presentations will appeal to all teachers.
Both teachers and students will enjoy using this text.
The book has 350 pages. Hardcover.
Table of Contents:Unit 1 Looking at China from the Moon Palace
Unit 2 Learning Pinyin at the Moon Palace
Unit 3 Studying Characters at the Peach Blossom Village
Unit 4 At the Confucius Temple
Unit 5 In Beijing
Unit 6 In Xi’an
Unit 7 On Changjiang River
Unit 8 In Shanghai
Unit 9 In Hong Kong
Unit 10 Back Home