Standard Chinese is a series of primary and secondary school teaching materials specially compiled for the children of Chinese students studying overseas, and also for those foreigners who wish to learn Chinese. The whole set consists of student`sbooks, teacher`sguidance manuals, workbooks, and Chinese readers. The whole set is divided into three levels with a total of 33 volumes. Books for pupils in the first two levels are published in two different editions. The Chinese edition and Chinese-English bilingual edition.
First-level student`sbooks are all transcribed in pinyin (the Chinese phonetic alphabet). The texts are mainly dialogues, with characters and situations, and closely related to children`sdaily life.
There is a gradual decrease in dialogues in the level-two texts, and there is a gradual increase of fables, stories and rhymes. The contents are new, rich and extremely readable. Each lesson has basic sentences, phrases, words and different types of exercises. Each lesson in level-three contains a text, new words list, new phrases list, phrase usage examples, and lively varied exercises. The texts are rich and colourful in content, the exercises are practically set and interesting and are designed to foster students independence and creativity in learning Chinese and in understanding Chinese unique culture, tradition and customs. The grammar points of the first two levels are graded gradually from easy to difficult, and listening, speaking, reading and writing are inter-linked. The new words of the first two levels have translated equivalents, with standard and practical phrasal examples. The whole set is uniformly standard and systematic, and is logically graded. The illustrations are beautifully laid out.
In recent years, Standard Chinese has successfully been published in America and Canada, and has also quickly extended to Australia, New Zealand, Korea and Southeast Asian regions. It has been warmly welcomed by learners of Chinese.