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This first-of-its-kind, two-volume primer is addressed to meet the needs of the rapidly growing number of Chinese language students who were raised in the United States in Chinese-speaking homes and can speak the language but who cannot read or write it. The book's lessons and exercises build upon the cultural knowledge of these "advanced beginners" in order to facilitate full language acquisition. As a culture-based primer, this text takes an unusual and innovative approach, with lessons organized around readings on Chinese history, culture, geography, literature, folktales and mythology, customs, and cuisine. The focus, therefore, is not on sentence grammar, but rather on reading strategies and on "discourse grammar," a new, more authentic approach to the study of languages.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780231125550
ISBN-10: 0231125550
Format: Paperback
(280mm x 216mm x 19mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Columbia University Press
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publish Date: 16-Jul-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Duanduan Li

Duanduan Li is a lecturer of Chinese, and currently director of the Chinese Language Program at Columbia University. Irene Liu was director of the Chinese Language Program at Columbia University. Lening Liu is a senior lecturer of Chinese in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University. Hailong Wang is a lecturer of Chinese in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University. Zhirong Wang is a lecturer of Chinese in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University. Yanping Xie, a speech and language pathologist, was a lecturer of Chinese in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University.

Books By Author Duanduan Li

Primer for Advanced Beginners of Chinese by Duanduan Li

A Primer for Advanced Beginners of Chinese

Paperback, August 2004
$77.40