MCI Chinese

This is the homepage for the textbook, “Welcome to Chinese”.

“Welcome to Chinese” is a textbook I am designing based on my experiences teaching English in China. While here I discovered that the quality of learning material available to the Chinese is far greater than what English people have for learning Chinese. By comparison most Chinese textbooks in the West contain poorly designed lesson plans and a thrown-together vocabulary, causing students to give up in frustration before they have achieved an ability to understand Chinese. This textbook is intended to try and bridge the gap and help people learn Chinese using more modern language learning methods.

Based on comprehensible input theory, “Welcome to Chinese” is being meticulously constructed so that students can begin reading and writing fluently with a very small vocabulary of words. The research I have done leads me to believe that with a carefully selected vocabulary of as few as 100 words, the MCI (massive comprehensible input) method may be used to teach Chinese. This is the goal of “Welcome to Chinese”. Research into precisely what characters to introduce and their order of introduction is currently ongoing – but I think that when the final product is released it will be one of the most innovative and original Chinese textbooks available.

The book is targeted for release in late 2012 after I release Kongzi and MCI Japanese.

More news and details will appear here first. Stay tuned!


One Response

  1. About characters (the method and order in which they should be introduced), I would highly recommend taking a look at James Heisig’s books. The study method, as well as the order of characters presented are both well thought out and work very well.

    Renli Responds: Thank you, I have been hearing more and more good about that book. However, for Japanese my primary goal is to target the JLPT N5 specifically and that means only 100 or so Kanji. For Chinese, I am targeting several Children’s books and the goal is to increase literacy among that small pool of books I have chosen as rapidly as possible. Heisig’s book is more apt for someone studying for the J3 and up, where you will need 1000 and more kanji to pass. I do plan on buying it, when I reach that level! Thanks.

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