Encounters Chinese Language and Culture, Character Writing Workbook 2 Rongzhen Li

Encounters: Chinese Language and Culture
Publication date:
30 Oct 2012
Yale University Press
304 pages: 279 x 216mm
Sales territories:
For sale in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand only

Welcome to Encounters, a groundbreaking Chinese language programme that features a dramatic series filmed entirely in China. The programme's highly communicative approach immerses learners in the Chinese language and culture through video episodes that directly correspond to units in the textbook. By combining a compelling story line with a wealth of educational materials, Encounters weaves a tapestry of Chinese language and culture rich in teaching and learning opportunities.

Encounters follows a carefully structured and cumulative approach. Students progress from listening and speaking to the more difficult skills of reading and writing Chinese characters, building grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation skills along the way.

The Encounters programme includes: Two Full-colour Student Books for introductory Chinese study; Annotated Instructor's Editions with answer keys and suggested class activities; Two Character Writing Workbooks linked directly to the Student Book; Ten hours of video materials, comprising dramatic episodes, cultural segments, and animations, all integrated with the Student Books; A total of 200 minutes of audio material, linked to the Student Books, for listening and speaking practice; and, a website providing a year's free access to all audiovisual material of the programme upon adoption. There is also an Annotated Instructor's Edition 1 (paper), ISBN 978030016166 3, free of charge upon accredited application.

John S. Montanaro taught Chinese language at Yale University for more than thirty years and is the former managing editor of Far Eastern Publications. Rongzhen Li is senior lector in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at Yale University.

Encounters provides a well-rounded introduction to the language…. [It is] well organised and comprehensive."—Francesca Sablan, second-year Chinese studies student, University of Manchester, Times Higher Education

“As a foreign language instructor and researcher, I am very meticulous and demanding regarding the selection and utilization of instructional materials. In the last ten years, we have seen a significant increase of interest in Chinese language and culture in K-16 settings. As is true for many foreign language programs, not all Chinese programs provide the same quality of education. Authentic and meaningful learning materials, especially textbooks, are the foundation of any high-quality foreign language instructional program. I strongly recommend the Encounters materials, a remarkable series of textbooks, to all Chinese instructors, especially those teaching at the high school and college levels. I believe both teachers and students will very much enjoy this exemplar of a new generation of language programming.”—Ting Shen, University of Mount Union, Journal of Technology and Chinese Language Teaching

"This is a unique effort.  The key here is the focus on the essentials of communication. The Web component is great, and I love the video — as a nonnative speaker, I especially want the kids to hear someone who is not me!"—Erica Dieselman, Hingham High School

"A powerful and innovative textbook series for students of Chinese."—Christopher Lupke, Washington State University

"Among the many strengths of Encounters are the emphasis on culture in the videos, the variety of activities, and the useful review sections."?Jing Zhai, Marquette University

"I like the natural context and the different types of exercises in the Encounters textbook. Further, the video is nothing short of great."?Hanna Lin, West Virginia University

"I love the multimedia approach of Encounters!"?LanHui Zhang Ryder, Northern Illinois University

"I like all the integrated multimedia tools. Outstanding."—Bernard Geoxavier, Belmont Hill School

"As a teacher, I like the architecture of the book and its efforts to teach American students in a more communicative way. I especially appreciate the cultural materials and also the Skillbuilder exercises."—Yinong Yang, Buckingham Browne & Nichols

"Particularly for high school freshmen (who make up a majority of my introductory Chinese classes), I need materials that are hands-on and practical if I am to maintain their focus and interest. Encounters promises just that."?Peter Bonanno, Suffield Academy

"Wonderful textbooks!  With Encounters’ well-constructed units and careful organization, I can save a lot of planning time."—Jia Yanmei, Perry County Central High

Encounters shows my students how Chinese is used in real life context. The cultural segments are great because they let students see different points of view in Chinese.”—Jean Kimura, Milken Community High School

“It's easy for students to understand, comprehend, and to pick up the language. You pick up the subtleties and authenticity of the language. Students are inspired by seeing the video and seeing Americans speak Chinese. I have seen an improvement in my students’ character reading and listening skills after using Encounters.”—Litan Rath, Westinghouse College Prep High School

“I wouldn’t use use anything else. I love it. It's hard for American students to learn in the traditional Chinese way. Encounters is more fluid and does not promote rote memorization.”—Jennifer Portillo, The Denver Center for International Studies

"By focusing in the first lessons on basic survival pronunciation, Encounters gives students more confidence to learn Chinese. A wonderful textbook! And the video series provides an authentic and high-quality environment in which to learn Chinese."—Bei Chen, University of North Texas

“This is the best Chinese language textbook that I have seen. It's so authentic and speaking-based versus grammar-based. My students love the video and always want to watch more.”—Bei Chen, University of North Texas

“It's a modern up-to-date, interactive, interesting, fun way to learn Chinese. I highly recommend Encounters.”—Li Mann, Fresno City College

“Innovative, fantastic, very engaging and encouraging for learning. . . . Encounters will be a major contribution to the Chinese teaching field.”—Chengzhi Chu, Ph.D., Director of the Chinese Language Program, University of California, Davis

“The video series provides authentic materials to engage and connect to learners. Students are encouraged and eager to try out speaking in pairs or during mingling exercises. My students also appreciated the grammar and culture bits throughout each unit.”—Tina Chang, The Northwest School