Reading The News in Chinese…. Where to Start


Reading The News in Chinese…. Where to Start

Earlier this week we introduced on our blog several of our language books aimed at introducing students to Chinese literature. I wanted to follow up on that with another post about a series we have on learning to read the news in Chinese.

Baokan Yuyan Jiaocheng (报刊语言教程) comes in four volumes (one, two, three, and four) and may be familiar to students who took Mandarin in college as it’s often used as a supplementary text in classrooms. What many don’t realize though is that it serves as an excellent resource for self-study too.

Baokan Yuyan Jiaocheng collect articles from sources like the People’s Daily, China Daily and Beijing Youth Daily, organizing them into a more accessible student format. Books in the series provide vocabulary lists, reading comprehension questions and longer practice essay topics too. The ultimate goal of the book is to equip language learners with the tools they need to work through more difficult topics.

The series’ structure is also conducive to developing student’s vocabulary on subjects that will allow them to engage in more substantive interactions when compared with your average textbook.  Each chapter has a main lesson text that introduces the most critical vocabulary and grammar, as well as three newspaper excerpts that build on that knowledge.

Below is an excerpt of the book.  To view the expanded version click the image once. After you’ve done that click the icon on the top left of the image for a full screen view.

 

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You can find the entire series here. If you have any more questions don’t hesitate to leave a comment or email us at info@chinabooks.com.

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