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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Learning Chinese in Australia Report

Demand for Asia study overhaul from the Age in Australia. The challenge with Chinese is you have native speakers and you combine them in the same class as non-native speakers of Chinese. So the report is suggesting segregating these two groups.

My 2 Cents:
Another problem with Learning Chinese is the material used to teach is pretty boring. As well as using methods that work in Taiwan and China, but just don't work in the US. That's why Wendy Lin for example developed her curriculum Practical Chinese for teaching her daughters Chinese. Many Chinese teachers because of their frustration develop their own curriculum, but as they find out about Chinese Made Easy for Kids, Chinese Made Easy, and Practical Chinese. Better Chinese is very popular in schools because it uses stories, activities, and multimedia for teaching Chinese. So for example their Teaching Chinese books come along with a set of CD's with the stories on them such as My First Chinese Words Set that has 36 books plus a CD's. All four curriculumn are available in both Traditional and Simplified Chinese Characters.

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