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Resources

1. Textbook Resources

2. Supplementary On-line Materials

3. Useful Apps

4. Useful Media/News Links

5. Links to Professional Tests

 

1. Textbook Resources:

Chinese Language Learning Textbooks:

Integrated Chinese

           Level appropriate: 100-Level
           Language skills emphasized: Vocabulary, Grammar, and Reading

           Level appropriate: 100-Level
           Language skills emphasized: Vocabulary, Grammar, and Reading

           Level appropriate: 200-Level

           Language skills emphasized: Character Writing

           Level appropriate: 100- & 200-Levels
           Language skills emphasized: Listening

Chinese for Tomorrow

           Level appropriate: 100- & 200-Levels
           Language skills emphasized: Vocabulary, Listening, and Reading                                                                  
All Things Considered

The Routledge Advanced Chinese Multimedia Course: Crossing Cultural Boundaries

The Routledge in Business Chinese

 

Chinese Literature Textbooks:

Developing Fluency

           Level appropriate: 200-Level
           Language skills emphasized: Vocabulary, Grammar, Listening, and Reading

 

Chinese Literature & Civilization Textbooks:   

                                                             
A Chinese Text Sampler: An Annotated Collection of Digitized Chinese Texts for Students of Chinese Language and Culture


On-line Chinese Museum (calligraphy, painting, art, etc.)

Chinese Cultural Notes


2. Supplementary On-line Materials:

    

Language Learning:

           Includes all levels of Chinese learning materials

           Level appropriate: All Levels
           Language skills emphasized: Listening and Reading
           More information: Chinese Culture, Competition, Online Learning, and Scholarship

           Level appropriate: All Levels
           Language skills emphasized: Listening and Reading
           More information: Chinese Culture, Online Learning, and Scholarship

           Comprehensive website covering everything to do with learning Chinese           

  • Happy Chinese                                                                                          

           Excellent TV series with Chinese and English subtitles. Each episode has an

           interesting theme, such as dumplings and Beijing opera

  • Learning Strategies

     Students’ strategies for learning Chinese (with students’ video testimonies) 

Listening:

           Level appropriate: 100-Level
           Language skills emphasized: Listening

Reading:


           Offers beginning & intermediate reading lessons with audio from the University of Iowa.


Speaking:


           Includes 15 units of basic expressions, such as greetings, family, time, food, etc.



3. Useful Apps (Free of Charge):

  • Pleco (for iPhone, iPad, and Android)

           Level appropriate: All Levels

           Language skills emphasized: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing

           Language dictionary with features including recognition of handwriting inputs and                     camera-shot character lookups, stroke order diagrams, and more.

           Level appropriate: All Levels

           Language skills emphasized: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing

           Language dictionary with features like pinyin and handwriting recognition, word-by-word

           text translations, and tools to make your own flashcards and quizzes to test yourself.

          

           Level appropriate: 100- & 200- Levels
           Language skills emphasized: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing

           Comprehensive flashcard site that assists in memorization and understanding the  

           origins of each Chinese character.

           Level appropriate: All Levels

           Language skills emphasized: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing

           Language dictionary that has features such as handwriting recognition, vocabulary

           usage examples, stroke order, radical explanations, learning exercises, memorization

           tests, short texts and dialogues (with complimentary audio recordings), and more.

        

           Level appropriate: All Levels
           Language skills emphasized: On-line learning  

           Language learning website that provides structured lessons, complete with flashcards,

           audio recordings, texts, quizzes, as well as a social networking environment that

           makes it easy to connect with language partners from across the globe.

        

          Level appropriate: All Levels
          Language skills emphasized: Writing

          Language-exchange social networking site that allows users to write Chinese journal

          entries, connect with native Chinese speakers currently studying Enlgish, and correct

          each others' entries to mutually improve each others' written language skills.

           Level appropriate: All Levels
           Language skills emphasized: Vocabulary

           Flashcard maker that brings together an assortment of external sources for language

           learning, offering material ranging from vocabulary lists to grammar structures to

           dialogues and audio clips.

 

4. Useful Media/News Links:

           Level appropriate: 300- & 400- Levels
           Language skills emphasized: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing

           See and hear the news in Chinese. Use the vocabulary lessons to learn idiomatic  

           expressions.

 

5. Links to Professional Tests:

   

           The Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) is China's national standardized test that assesses

           the Chinese language proficiency of non-native speakers. The HSK is a test that         

           examines the student's ability to read and write in Chinese, as well as speak and

           interpret the language. There are two forms of the HSK: a written test and an oral test.

           The written test has six different HSK levels, ranging from Level 1 (beginner) to Level 6

           (superior); the oral test has three levels, ranging from elementary to advanced.

   

           The ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) is a standardized global assessment of the             level of spoken fluency of non-native speakers in the target language. The test is done             through a face-to-face meeting or telephone interview with a certified ACTFL tester. The            student's fluency level is matched to one of ten standard levels of proficiency, ranging             from novice low to superior.

           The Standards-based Measurement of Proficiency (STAMP) is an online assessment                that determines the proficiency level of non-native speakers in the target language                     through the utilization of real-world situations in the context of the language. It  

           assesses the student's reading, writing, listening, and speaking proficiency, with eight

           to nine standard levels ranging from novice-low to advanced-high.

 

 

 

URI Chinese Language Speech Competition

The Department of Modern languages Chinese Program in collaboration with the URI Confucius Institute is proud to announce the 1st annual Chinese Speech Competition. Click on the link below for more information.

Competition Flyer

 

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