This site is a Chineses language and linguistics resource. The site includes exercises in grammar and vocabulary, practice in learning the language and culture, sites for downloading software, and related links to items like radio stations for direct experience with the Chinese language.
Students will increase their knowledge of Chinese and also will learn about Chinese culture.
Target Student Population:
This site is valuable for anyone who wants to learn Chinese.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Some of the Chinese language links require some prior knowledge of Chinese since they are geared towards the intermediate or advanced learner.
Type of Material:
The material consists of various kinds of language instruction. It also offers links to cultural and historical sites.
Some of the links the browser might have to be configured to display the Chinese characters.
Evaluation and Observation
The purpose of this site is to allow a learner of Chinese or a person from China to access a wide variety of resources. The resource links are provided in list form, so the student may choose the items needed. It offers such a variety and depth of resources that anyone can find material of interest. Links are also listed in a way that they can be easily navigated from link to link and also easily back to the index page. The links are also directly related to the subject matter and therefore are all relevant and interesting. Language learners can listen to audio recordings and video clips of real life situations.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This website could be very useful as a teaching resource since it offers such a variety of material. Not only can information from this site be used for language learning but also for history, literature, art, and so on. Some online programs are also offered on this website. Since the information is easy to understand, especially with teacher guidance as to specific information to consider for each student?s need, it is a valuable tool for any student. There are also some grammar and vocabulary sites where students can practice their skills. This could be done as part of class instruction or as independent learning. Some of the material could also be easily integrated into a social studies/Chinese history and culture curriculum.
I like the Chinese New Year Lantern Festival site depicting cultural activities, and the free software download sites (always a great teacher resource), and lastly, the use of audio and video to allow students to view and to listen to the language as spoken by native Chinese,
to enhance their perception of language in use. There are many activities to gain student interest: for example, my new Chinese name is Wu Baomu, meaning praise, commending, honor, admire, desire and longing.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
This site overall is well organized and the fonts are easy to read. Navigation is easy and can be understood by the learner. There is good use of color which enhances the content of the site. All buttons, labels, menus were visually distinct All links work, are relevant, and students would easily be able to get back to the index page from the links. Students really cannot get lost in this site since it is well designed. The audio quality was also good.