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I am half Chinese but am just trying to learn Chinese now at the age of I have been studying Chinese vocabulary words for a few months and was starting to want to see how the words were used in sentences. Having simple sentences that are part of a story makes it more interesting and easier to remember.

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June 3, 3 Comments. June 1, 2 Comments. May 30, No Comments. The kids you teach and their parents are lucky. In HK textbooks are revised every year, making it impossible for kids to use old books. Meng Lelan, do you feel the new teaching methods actually added value, or were they just the "buzz de jour"? But after some time, a vast majority were born in the US and this series was inappropriate because it had content that was not consistent with life as a Chinese heritage in the US, daily needs, staying in contact with relatives, etc.

So we switched to a series published in Jinan. After seven years, this series became inappropriate because it depended heavily on storytelling instead of real life situations. It also assumes a great deal of prior exposure to Chinese at home. Not a very realistic teaching approach because fewer and fewer parents are able to maintain a Chinese speaking atmosphere in the home these days. It does not assume constant and prior exposure to Chinese. Newer textbooks require access to the Internet and technology which helps increase instructional time in the classroom instead of spending so much time in class drilling the students.

I think the new ways are here to stay. In other words, not a fad. I do see the value in the DeFrancis readers but I cannot think of any high school or college instructor recommending this series because the students we have nowadays are very tech-oriented, they are very pick-up-and-go. Meaning you need to be ready to provide them with the language which they can "pick up" and go to a certain situation and be ready and able to use that language for that situation.

They also have a need to interact with peers in their age group and the DeFrancis is not going to fill that need. When I started learning Chinese, 10 years ago, the book stores in the U. His Beginning Readers were extremely useful and I learned much from them. I had to special order a used copy of Beginning Reader Vol 2 as the series was no longer in publication. I would have continued on to the Intermediate Reader but special ordering used copies became too expensive to justify. If they had remained in publication I would have continued on with them.

Well, as far as being able to hop on the Internet and access tons more than you could in the early days goes, it's certainly true. But what I'm finding in my studies so far - and I'm by no means proficient yet in the language, so this is really only a guess - is that structure and method in the early stages for learning characters are extremely valuable. It seems to me almost indispensably so.

Sure, the Internet provides you with more stuff, but can one acquire reading fluency just by jumping on the Internet and haphazardly studying whatever you find? Perhaps, but I simply could not learn Chinese that way.

The reason I find his Readers valuable to this day, despite the increase in available media and resources is the structure inherent in the method. Like I said in my original post, it makes learning to read Chinese easy. Such a statement probably sounds utterly oxymoronic to most people, but by using a good method and studying diligently, the results are coming quite swiftly. That's what I'm finding. I believe Yale Press were intending on releasing such an update in memory of Dr.

It may in fact already be out. Not sure how faithful it is to the original if it is in fact based on the original readers. You might be referring to Encounters, which Yale University Press is test piloting right now and is slated to be released this summer. The first page dedicates the text in memory of DeFrancis. I'm one of the teachers test piloting it for a class. The text has both simplified and traditional characters side by side. I own the entire set of the DeFrancis readers and I can tell you Encounters is nothing at all like the original. This is an excellent topic, and I am generally in agreement with the original poster--specking as someone that has every book Prof.

DeFrancis had published, and who used his texts to learn the Chinese language. I have always wondered why it became conventional and reflexive to dismiss these texts since the mids.

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DeFrancis' ideas on Chinese writing reform appealing. In addition, I think there has a significant business interest in the last 20 years in convincing teachers and students that the latest and greatest textbooks i. It is very interesting that the series went mostly out of print in the 90s, and then started to come back in as print-on-demand in the U. It's nice that they're back in print When I got them many years ago, I paid quite a bit more for used versions. I think for people serious about learning to read Chinese, these books are amazing.

Traditional Chinese is still very important; although Mainland China switched to using Simplified, but Taiwan and Hong Kong are still by and large using Traditional. Plus, learning Traditional first and switching to Simplified later on is a whole lot easier to do than the other way around. The DeFrancis Chinese Reader books are self-contained, which is amazing. There are support books, and study guides, and whatnot to help your learning, but they aren't necessary.

I went through every lesson in every book, and using just the Readers by themselves was able to read all the material. This is very useful for people who don't have the time for more dedicated options. Simply put, learning to converse Speak and Listen wasn't possible. Through these books though, at least I could still make some progress.

I think it takes a certain approach to learning for students to find use in these books though. Some people learn better through interaction, or by hearing someone explain it. I personally learn better by reading.

There's a lot of times where I won't fully understand what the person is saying until I see it written down. I can't remember Chinese names until I see them written down. I think instead of trying to find the best "average" teaching method and then having everybody use that, people should figure out what teaching style best suits them, and then find resources geared towards that.

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I read about a lot of people who would sit down with flashcards and drill them until they were burned into their brains. While on some level learning a foreign language is about rote memorization, I found that there's other ways to achieve the same goal. The only thing sitting down with flashcards ever did for me was help me cure my insomnia. You can post now and select your username and password later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account. Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible. Paste as plain text instead. Only 75 emoji are allowed.

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