This section effectively ended the dare shortage of appropriate Chinese course materials for teaching social studies and science subjects plagued Chinese immersion programs ever since its inception. The science readers in this section align perfectly to all the concepts and teaching points covered in the K-5 CCSS science subjects. The readers on history/social studies in this section cover all the concepts and teaching points required by the K-8 CCSS History/Social Studies subjects. Besides contents and standards appropriate, these readers feature an expertly designed and executed scaffolding language structure and presented in a story-telling style. The somewhat boring and complicated concepts and ideas are explained through fun storytelling fashion and with vivid illustrations.
The readers in this section are pulled from the hundreds of iChineseReader titles that corelate to the 6 underpinning transdisciplinary themes of the International Baccalaureate curriculum (IB). These readers not only help your students improve their Chinese language efficiency levels, but also nurture in them a more global perspective as well as appreciation and tolerance for other cultures and different points of view.
We take a thematic approach to Chinese L2 learning, where a series of over 200 books is organized around the most common themes, such as hobbies, transportation, sports, travel, school life, and so on. Under each theme comes five books of different text types and written from different angles. Many books have the form of a conversation or a dialogue, and this helps students develop conversation skills in authentic contexts.
Because of heritage learners’ prior knowledge and exposure to the Chinese language, they learning needs naturally go beyond the mastery of words and sentence structures. Bearing this in mind, we weave culture and the development of cultural awareness into the books specifically for heritage learners. Cultural comparisons between China and America are made where appropriate, to help heritage learners navigate the world from different perspectives.
This is a section specially tailored to accommodate AP Chinese Test preparation programs. It contains more than 200 intermediate through advanced-low proficiency leveled readers, which explore to the full breadth and depth of the six essential themes and supplementing topics of the AP Text. All authored by experienced AP program teachers and proven in classroom teaching, these readers help students learn and master these themes systematically, comprehensively and above enjoyably. Thus, they can either be used independently for an AP Chinese prep course or as supplementary materials to existing AP Chinese programs.