A General Introduction to New Practical Chinese Reader 《新实用汉语课本》简介 刘珣 主编 Editor-in-Chief : Liu Xun
New Practical Chinese Reader is a set of comprehensive Chinese language textbooks compiled for the purpose of teaching Chinese to adult non-native Chinese speakers without previous Chinese learning experience.
The teaching concepts New Practical Chinese Reader upholds are taking language structure as the guideline and combining the teaching of language structure with the teachings of language functions and culture. By placing the focus of study on language structure and functional, cultural knowledge, as well as skills training for listening, speaking, reading and writing, New Practical Chinese Reader aims to foster learners’ ability to communicate in the Chinese language.
It emphasizes the instructions of functional items and covers a wide range of topics. The book is divided into units, making it easy for users to differentiate the core content from the supplementary one and choose the content based on their needs.
Since New Practical Chinese Reader was published in 2002, it has been well received by learners and teachers of Chinese around the world and aroused a lot of concern among them. With its total circulation hitting 1 million copies and its copyright imported to other countries, New Practical Chinese Reader has become one of the most popular basic Chinese teaching resources that are used by world renowneduniversities, such as Harvard University, Stanford University and University of California Berkeley in theUnited States, Toronto University in Canada, Oxford University, Cambridge University and University of London in British, University of Berlin in Germany, University of Melbourne in Australia and Waseda University in Japan.
Its simplified Chinese version and traditional Chinese version with English annotation have been published so far besides its simplified Chinese version with Thai, Russian and Spanish annotations. The books (with CD and CD-ROM) were also annotated in 9 languages in 2009 as a set of comprehensive teaching materials for beginners in cooperation with the Chinese language popularization program launched by Hanban. In addition, the 2nd edition of its simplified Chinese version annotated in English was published in 2010. We haven’t revised the framework, but presented the updated materials in combination with how it was used in the classrooms of foreign countries. The language used is still practical and reality-based so as to foster students’ cross-culture communication skills.