My First Chinese Words series is for toddler and preschool learners with no prior exposure to Chinese. This set of 36 size-appropriate storybooks is designed with the idea that young children learn best when the information given is relevant to their everyday lives, which makes learning fun and exciting. The stories contain meaningful sentence structures, teaching students to communicate in full sentences as opposed to have them memorize individual characters. The series also use overlapping content and a predictable narrative structure to provide a springboard for creative role-playing and acting. This gives children the opportunity to quickly apply what they learn in real-life situations as well as start communicating in Chinese right away.
My First Chinese Words series has been adopted by the Department of Education in Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia, and Texas.
It was also awarded the highest recognition from Hanban as the best CFL (Chinese as a Foreign Language) curriculum for its target group.
Online Learning: Students, parents, and teachers can utilize Better Chinese Online Group Accounts to extend Chinese learning beyond the classroom. Students have a chance to review what they have learned in the classroom, and enjoy additional fun ways of learning Chinese, like our 1400+ animated stories, voice recorders, and writing pad. Parents can keep abreast of their students' progress by following the teacher's lesson plans. Teachers can monitor students’ progress, communicate with students via the message board, and assign homework or stories with a push of a button. The online resources correspond with our curricular series and overall, help students develop their literacy skills by creating an immersive context for language learning.
Online Lesson Planner: Allows teachers to automatically create customized class syllabi for daily classes as well for the entire academic year using content from the Teacher's Guide and other Better Chinese teaching resources such as worksheets, writing sheets, assessments, and homework, the Online Lesson Planner helps teachers plan, share, manage and record daily lessons in a matter of minutes.
Supportive Teacher/Parent’s Guide: Focusing on interpersonal, interpretational, and presentational skills, the teacher/parent’s guide includes task-based assessments for lesson planning and goal setting.
Additional Learning Tools: Big Book edition of the series, word and pictorial game cards, song audio CDs, and other supplementary CD-ROMs and books further facilitate learning about Chinese language and culture.
*Note: My First Chinese Words Storybooks come with Traditional or Simplified Characters and Pinyin.
My First Chinese Words
is a flexible series that accommodates to the student’s learning
environment. The 36 story books can be used in various orders according
to the educators’ and parents’ lesson plans.
For daily lessons/sessions:
Educators and parents are recommended to teach 1 story book per school
week. The series is appropriate for 1 academic year (approximately 32
For fewer than 2 weekly sessions: In
learning environments in which students have 2 or less sessions per
week, teachers are recommended to complete 1 story book in 2-3 weeks
with additional cultural activities and learning. This series is
recommended for 1 to 2+ academic years depending on learning objectives
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