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Encounters: Chinese Language and Culture, Student Book 1

by Cynthia Y. Ning and John S. Montanaro Yale University Press
Pub Date:
Pbk 336 pages
AU$89.00 NZ$94.78
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Welcome to Encounters, a groundbreaking Chinese language program that features a dramatic series filmed entirely in China. The programs highly communicative approach immerses learners in the Chinese language and culture through video episodes that directly correspond to units in the combination textbook-workbook. By combining a compelling story line with a wealth of educational materials, Encounters weaves a tapestry of Chinese language and culture rich in teaching and learning opportunities.    Encounters follows a carefully structured and cumulative approach. Students progress from listening and speaking to the more difficult skills of reading and writing Chinese characters, building grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation skills along the way.    The Encounters program includes:          Two Full-color Student Books for introductory Chinese study         Annotated Instructors Editions with answer keys and suggested class activities         Two Character Writing Workbooks linked directly to the Student Book         Ten hours of video materials, comprising dramatic episodes, cultural segments, and animations, all integrated with the Student Books         A total of 200 minutes of audio material, linked to the Student Books, for listening and speaking practice         A website,>, providing a years free access to all audiovisual material of the program upon adoption
and ldquo;As a foreign language instructor and researcher, I am very meticulous and demanding regarding the selection and utilization of instructional materials. In the last ten years, we have seen a significant increase of interest in Chinese language and culture in K-16 settings. As is true for many foreign language programs, not all Chinese programs provide the same quality of education. Authentic and meaningful learning materials, especially textbooks, are the foundation of any high-quality foreign language instructional program. I strongly recommend the Encounters materials, a remarkable series of textbooks, to all Chinese instructors, especially those teaching at the high school and college levels. I believe both teachers and students will very much enjoy this exemplar of a new generation of language programming. and rdquo; and mdash;Ting Shen, University of Mount Union, Journal of Technology and Chinese Language Teaching Ting Shen Journal of Technology and Chinese Language Teaching 'This is a unique effort. The key here is the focus on the essentials of communication. The Web component is great, and I love the video as a nonnative speaker, I especially want the kids to hear someone who is not me!'Erica Dieselman, Hingham High School Erica Dieselman Hingham High School and ldquo;Encounters provides a well-rounded introduction to the language and hellip;. well organised and comprehensive.' and mdash;Francesca Sablan, second-year Chinese studies student, University of Manchester, Times Higher Education Francesca Sablan Times Higher Education The Encounters series has been a definite success for us and we are glad we made the switch.'Fred Kosak, The Rivers School Fred Kosak The Rivers School 'Among the many strengths of Encounters are the emphasis on culture in the videos, the variety of activities, and the useful review sections.'Jing Zhai, Marquette University Jing Zhai Marquette University 'I like the natural context and the different types of exercises in the Encounters textbook. Further, the video is nothing short of great.'Hanna Lin, West Virginia University Hanna Lin West Virginia University 'I love the multimedia approach of Encounters!'LanHui Zhang Ryder, Northern Illinois University LanHui Zhang Ryder Northern Illinois University 'I like all the integrated multimedia tools.Outstanding.'Bernard Geoxavier, Belmont Hill School Bernard Geoxavier Belmont Hill School 'As a teacher, I like the architecture of the book and its efforts to teach American students in a more communicative way.I especially appreciate the cultural materials and also the Skillbuilder exercises.'Yinong Yang, Buckingham Browne and Nichols Yinong Yang Buckingham Browne and Nichols 'Particularly for high school freshmen (who make up a majority of my introductory Chinese classes), I need materials that are hands-on and practical if I am to maintain their focus and interest. Encounters promises just that.'Peter Bonanno, Suffield Academy Peter Bonanno Suffield Academy 'Wonderful textbooks! With Encounters well-constructed units and careful organization, I can save a lot of planning time.'Jia Yanmei, Perry County Central High Jia Yanmei Perry County Central High 'By focusing in the first lessons on basic survival pronunciation, Encounters gives students more confidence to learn Chinese. A wonderful textbook! And the video series provides an authentic and high-quality environment in which to learn Chinese.'Bei Chen, University of North Texas Bei Chen University of North Texas Thevideo series providesauthentic materials to engage and connect to learners.Studentsare encouraged and eager to try outspeaking in pairsor during mingling exercises.My studentsalso appreciated the grammar and culturebits throughout each unit.Tina Chang, The NorthwestSchool Tina Chang The Northwest School
Cynthia Y. Ning is associate director of the Center for Chinese Studies and U.S. director of the Confucius Institute of the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, where she has taught courses in Chinese language and film for more than 25 years. She is the former president and executive director of the Chinese Language Teachers Association. John S. Montanaro recently retired as Senior Lecturer in Chinese at Yale University, where he taught for more than 30 years.