This learning site effectively complements Practical Chinese Reader, Book I (Traditional Character Edition). It provides supplemental exercises to reinforce learning of the materials covered in lessons 1-29 of the textbook. The exercises include interactive matching and flashcard games as well as true/false and multiple-choice questions with immediate scoring and feedback.
Type of Material:
Selft-tests and drills.
Homework assignment, self-study, or review before class/tests.
No special requirements. There is a non-Java option to play games.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
To help students using Practical Chinese Reader review what they have learned and to assess their learning outcome through exercises and self-tests.
Target Student Population:
Learners with beginning to intermediate level of proficiency in Mandarin Chinese who can read traditional characters.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
None other than being a beginning learner or a student of elementary Chinese. Users need to have the textbook since there are questions based on lesson contents, in addition to grammar and vocabulary.
This site is an excellent resource for students using the Practical Chinese Reader textbook. The exercises are relevant to the textbook contents since they are designed for that purpose. There are a variety of games, true/false questions, and multiple-choice questions on vocabulary, grammar, and lesson contents. The exercises are well designed and engaging, and they provide immediate scoring and opportunities for users to correct and improve their linguistic skills. Such an interactive learning environment generates interest in students and helps them achieve effective learning outcomes.
Instructions on the matching and concentration games are not very clear. Both seem to test players on vocabulary/translation, but the difference between these two games is not apparent.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The games and the scoring and immediate feedback in all the exercises make this site a very effective learning resource. Consequently, it motivates students to learn, improve, and challenge themselves at their own pace. Additionally, they can work on the exercises at any time and in any place with a computer and Internet connection.
If possible, including listening (or even speaking) exercises would greatly enhance the self-learning process.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Practical Chinese Reader: Self-Tests makes good use of tools designed by Quia to customize exercises for learners in a multimedia environment. The tools are professionally designed and well maintained with no detectable technical glitches.
Other Issues and Comments:
Additional types of exercises could be developed to sustain learners' interest.
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