This Chinese writing course is the last one in the series, which focuses on teaching non-Chinese speakers how to read and write Chinese with very limited Chinese characters. Students learn a total of 320 Chinese characters, and a great deal of words, expressions and structures, so that they can effectively use these 320 characters into meaningful and enjoyable activities of reading and writing Chinese texts. The focal point of the complete series is to maximise the students’ abilities to use a small number of Chinese characters to the utmost benefits. The backbone method adopted in this series is the most efficient and effective method of all.
Many interesting and fascinating features of Chinese characters are not included in the textbooks for two reasons. The first one is that, if not presented in a full picture, these features will lead to over generalisation and misconceptions. The second reason is that, if presented too early, instead of making Chinese more lucid, these features will create confusions. It is better for students to explore these features after they have build up a solid knowledge base, which is definitely provided by this series of Chinese writing courses. These fascinating features include the connections between Chinese characters and pictures, Chinese radicals, and Chinese character components.
Following the previous five courses, Chinese Reading and Writing 5 continues to teach 50 frequently used Chinese characters and to expand students’s vocabularies further with more words, combinations and sentence structures within the framework of 320 Chinese characters.
One impressive fact is that the combined frequency occurrence of these 320 characters is more than 50% of all modern Chinese print texts. This implies that students will be able to recognise 50% of the print texts, and with the extensive training provided in the courses, they will be able to understand most of the texts they recognise, which will make travelling, living or working in a Chinese environment easier and more delightful.
Moreover, these 320 Chinese characters can really make a difference in creating more diversified Chinese texts. In addition to narrative stories, students can practice reading and writing explanatory texts and further develop their reading and writing skills. Additional exercises with different focuses, provide by the teacher during the class, continue to play a key role in helping students have more targeted reading and writing practice.
On completing this course, students will have completed their training on basic Chinese characters and be ready to learn Chinese characters on a faster pace at their next Chinese course.
Evaluation of Progress
Students are assessed based on their performance of reading and writing exercises over the entire course, in the aspects of their reading comprehension and their writing in clear and comprehensible Chinese.
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