The textbook features the language to be learnt. The language is structured, accumulative and reinforced. Each lesson includes the following subsections:
This section contains the main text. The conversation in each lesson centres on a topic and is based on a real life situation with a few scenes or settings. Each is illustrated with sequential pictures to assist in the interpretation of the conversation. The language introduced is in a spiral structure with one or two new sentence structures in each scene or setting.
This section provides grammatical explanations of sentence patterns introduced in the main text. The explanations are simple and illustrated with examples. Conversational style is employed rather than pattern drill so as to allow students hold conversations with a partner.
This section explains new words and expressions appearing in the main text and occasionally in the "Learn the sentences" section.
Students will learn to write a certain number of characters in each lesson. This section displays characters with stroke order. These characters are also included in the "Writing exercise" section in the student workbook for students to practise writing.
This section introduces the culture in a way which is related to the content of the lesson. It aims to enrich the student's cultural understanding and to further generate interest in learning the language. The additional sentences or phrases introduced in this section are culturally related. It is up to the teacher whether or not they are to be learnt.
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The student workbook provides a variety of activities using all four communication skills. Activities can be adapted to suit the needs of the class or of an individual.
Chinese characters are used in conjunction with Pinyin throughout the book to reinforce the student's reading and writing skills. Students are not required to write exclusively in characters, but are encouraged to use a combination of Pinyin and characters.
The characters which are to be learnt are listed in the textbook in each lesson and included in the "Writing exercise" in the workbook. Both are illustrated with stroke order.
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The teacher's handbook contains a general information section and a reproducible section.
The general information section provides explanations lesson by lesson and includes notes on the textbook and the workbook. It provides the materials for the listening exercise in the workbook and answers to the workbook questions. A variety of learning activities are suggested.
Some of the activities require specially designed worksheets. These are included in the blackline masters section. The teacher can photocopy these worksheets for class use. Some activities require small game cards or flashcards which can also be produced using the materials in the second part of the blackline masters section. There are the "phrases & pictures" and the "characters" in the second part of the blackline masters section. Both can be reduced to make small game cards or enlarged to make flashcards.
As it is vital to have clear sound, all Ni Hao series audio CDs and mp3 files are professionally recorded and spoken by professional announcers to achieve the highest quality for students to clearly hear the material.
The audio CDs and mp3 files are designed to be used by the teacher in the classroom and by students at home. They include all the language sections in the textbook and the listening comprehension sections in the workbook.
The sections; "Conversation", "Learn the sentences" and "New words and expressions" have a time space for student repetition. Learn more
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