From ‘Chinese in Steps’ to ‘First Steps’ – A case study on converting classroom-based teaching materials to suit distance Chinese language teaching

Kan, Qian (2012). From ‘Chinese in Steps’ to ‘First Steps’ – A case study on converting classroom-based teaching materials to suit distance Chinese language teaching. Chinese Language in the World(2) pp. 46–54.

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Abstract

'First Steps' (The Open University, 2009), Beginners’ Chinese course books designed for distance learning, are the adaptation of the Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 of Chinese in Steps (Zhang, Li & Suen, 2005). This article briefly explains why the Open University chose 'Chinese in Steps' as the basis for the adaptation as well as the key features of this series. It then goes on to consider the amendments made and additional materials added to meet the challenges of teaching languages from a distance learning perspective. The amendments include things such as setting achievable learning objectives, lesson structural adjustments, using simple language and functional approach to explain grammar, making language activities interactive, and embedding the tutor voice in the teaching materials, etc.

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