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My First Chinese Reader

My First Chinese Reader series is for the elementary student with no prior exposure to Chinese. Based on a communicative approach, this student-centric 4-volume, 48 lesson, curriculum builds Chinese language and culture skills in a spiral-up approach. High-quality illustrations, fun and relevant context, and motivational design empower students with knowledge and confidence to explore Chinese language and culture. 

My First Chinese Reader series has been adopted by the Department of Education in Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia, North Carolina, 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 and iPad: Students, parents, and teachers can utilize Better Chinese Online Group Accounts and the My First Chinese Reader iBook 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, helps 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’s guide includes task-based assessments for lesson planning and goal setting.

Additional Learning Tools: Large thematic posters for the classroom, flash cards, other level-appropriate story CD-ROMs, supplementary books and online stories further facilitate and enhance Chinese language and cultural knowledge.

*Note: My First Chinese Reader series come in Traditional or Simplified Characters and Pinyin.

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Classroom Use

My First Chinese Reader series is for the beginning young student with no prior exposure to Chinese.   

My First Chinese Reader is designed for elementary school students at the beginner level. The spiral-up approach allows students to review past lessons as they advance through the volumes in the series! (Lessons in My First Chinese Reader parallel the lesson progress in Discovering Chinese, so educators can easily switch to the Discovering Chinese series as their students enter middle school.)
For daily lessons/sessions (1-hour per session): Educators are recommended to teach 1 lesson per school week. Each volume contains 12 lessons. We recommend students to complete each volume in 1 academic year (approximately 32 weeks) with teachers supplementing additional cultural and extracurricular learning, such as Chinese Festivals, Chinese Yo-Yo, Chinese Hockey Sack, etc.

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 lesson in 2-3 weeks with additional cultural activities and learning. This series is recommended for 1 to 2+ academic years depending on learning objectives and goals.