Chinese IP Theft Hits US University
Chinese vs. US College Experience at Boston University
A good article that has a lot of truth in it, but is very general since it's only Boston University Students
- Chinese Colleges once you get in, your set
- US Colleges are harder than US High Schools
- Chinese students at Boston University differ on which system is betterA
A friend of mine in graduate school went to Boston University, so beyond that is all I know about it. I don't know what the school is good at, or it's reputation. Some high school programs are harder than colleges, so it varies. My daughter's IB was a great preparation for college, but I have seen a lot of students, where College is a huge shock since for them it's much harder than high school. After doing the SAT II, Chinese SAT II
, SAT, AP Classes, etc. top students
Chinese Students Adjust to American Education
- BU Today
Labels: Chinese SAT II, college admissions
Calligraphy aids language learning
Writing Chinese Characters helps in Learning
There are at least three different styles of learning:
The problem is in most schools, only the auditory with a little bit of visual is used. Think of the traditional lecture, where the Teacher lectures the class. The latest is where Power Point is used for teaching, where the kids can be vessels that are theoretically filled with knowledge. By writing Chinese Characters, the third type of learning is used, Kinesthetic.
Just writing Chinese Characters is only part of a well rounded program for Learning Chinese
Calligraphy aids language learning
- ChinaDaily USA
Labels: chinese characters, Learning Chinese
No Truce in US-China Cyberwar
Bo Po Mo vs. Pinyin for Learning Chinese
Pinyin vs. Bo Po Mo - Which works best?
Pinyin is the romanization of Chinese, and is used in Practical Chinese
and Chinese Made Easy. Champion Chinese uses a system for the phonics
called Bo Po Mo, and is the traditional way of teaching Chinese. There
are arguments on which one is better. Pinyin is more popular. The
argument for Bo Po Mo is that you get the pronunciation correct, where
Pinyin has different sounds for English letters, which makes it more
confusing to learn the proper pronunciation. There are other
romanization systems than Pinyin that in my opinion make more sense
(wade giles for example), but Pinyin has been pushed by the Chinese
government, and has become the most popular.
Popular Pinyin based Textbooks for Kids:
A very hands on, down to earth series that works. 10 Levels available in
Traditional Chinese, and 6 in Simplified. Books are smaller. My opinion
is if your teaching Traditional Chinese Characters, this is a great
series to go with. The author is a Chinese Teacher born in Taiwan, who
got frustrated teaching her kids Chinese in the US, the existing
teaching material did not work with them, so she wrote her own.
A more polished Chinese Textbook, very popular, written by two
Chinese Teachers, one of who worked in Canada. A headache with Chinese
textbooks, is some of them are written for use by native language
learners, where this is targeted at secondary language learners. For
ages 5-11, grades K-8. It comes with a CD.
For older students, Chinese Made Easy
is the next series, and has more of a focus on writing:
Bo Po Mo Based Textbook for Kids
Teaches use the Bo Po Mo system, and unfortunately only 1 level is
available at this time. Bo Po Mo is used mainly in Chinese weekend
schools. The author lives in the US, and was frustrated with the Chinese
materials available in the US.
Labels: bo po mo, Learning Chinese Textbook, pinyin
Choosing A Chinese Textbook
First Decide Simplified or Traditional Chinese Characters
A decision that has to be made is for teaching Simplified or Traditional
Chinese Characters, and that often depends on where your Chinese
teacher is from. If your teacher is from Taiwan, they usually prefer to
teach Traditional Chinese Characters, if they are from China,
Simplified. If you learn one, you can read the other. I compare it to
the ability to drive a stick shift, vs. an Automatic. There are
arguments on both sides which is better, but my opinion they are both
Traditional or Simplified - Which To Learn
Which Chinese Dialect?
My opinion is Mandarin Chinese. I get customers who call me up and say they want to Learn Chinese? And my question is which Chinese, but I am polite and explain the difference and why they should choose Mandarin. Some callers have no idea about the difference between Cantonese and Mandarin. I have also gotten some callers, who are very focused on learning Cantonese, so I refer them to a traditional Chinese bookstore located in a larger older Chinatown that should be able to help them.
Chinese is Mandarin?
Cantonese: a Dialect in Peril?
Cantonese - Why Childbook does not carry it
And Who is Learning Chinese?
The best textbook depends on who is learning Chinese. For a student who speaks Chinese at home and parents are from Taiwan, I have different recommendations than for a home schooling student learning Chinese without a native speaker. If there a tutor available. If they want to learn Traditional vs. Simplified Chinese I also have different recommendations. It depends. And it depends on the age.
Textbooks for ABC's - Chinese Speakers, but born overseas
Recommendations for Learning Chinese Textbooks for Kids
Chinese Made Easy for Kids Vs. Chinese Made Easy
Labels: Learning Chinese Textbook, simplified chinese, traditional Chinese
IB's Future in CA
Per the article funding for the International Baccalaureate in CA may be cut. The article was very positive about how it prepares students for college, which I agree with. And the fact that its harder than an AP prep curriculum. The part that was not mentioned was how colleges seem to give it the same weight as taking AP classes, even though you might have a lower GPA making you less competitive to get into the college of your choice.
Testing California's Commitment to Education - Forbes
Labels: Best Schools, college admissions