于红举 Hongju Yu
Měi-jīn Hànyǔ chūjí kèběn
BASIC CHINESE FOR NORTH AMERICA TODAY
(To be published by Nankai University (China) in 2012/2013)
于红举 Hongju Yu (Université de Montréal)
Associate Chief Editors
王仁忠 Renzhong Wang (McGill University)、周慧君 Huijun Zhou (Université de Montréal)、吴小燕 Helen Xiaoyan Wu (University of Toronto)、刘冰冰 Bingbing Liu (University of Shandong), 张森权 Sheri Zhang (University of Ottawa) 、 Peter Leimbigler (University of Ottawa)
孙敏 Min Sun (Université Laval)、段炼 Duan Lian (Concordia University)、刘小妍 Xiaoyan Liu (Université de Sherbrooke)、宋晓萍 (Norwich University), 林承豫 Joy Lin (Concordia University, Dawson College), 李晓菲 (Université de Montréal)
Reviewers and Proofreaders
英文、拼音、软件 English, Pinyin, Software: Peter Leimbigler (University of Ottawa) 法文 French: Marie-Thérese Vinet (Université de Sherbrooke)
Over the past few years, the global landscape of foreign language supply and demand has undergone profound changes, notably through the emergence of teaching Chinese as a second language. The outlines of this new landscape are now being inevitably drawn in favour of China and the sinophone world in general, due to the rank they assume in the international arena, but also based on the unprecedented degree of mobility of people within the "global village". The worldwide teaching of Chinese has faced the major challenge of organizing and updating a discipline that is experiencing extremely rapid growth. Concretely, this involves designing suitable teaching materials, and setting clear and specific learning objectives for Chinese programs, to improve the quality and efficiency of language pedagogy training of Chinese teachers.
Teaching materials are of particular importance for consolidating the discipline of teaching Chinese, and it is fortunate in this context that "Chinese for North America today (for beginners)", designed under the direction of Prof. Yu Hongju, appears on the stage. This textbook includes useful grammatical explanations, clear and concise, and often designed with a perspective to French or English. Thus, the material is committed to a truly pedagogic view of language teaching--a welcome choice!
"Chinese for North America today (for beginners)" provides learners with cultural insights enabling them to develop Chinese language communication with greater ease and renewed motivation. This method is intentionally practical, by including exercises, an index, and interactive computer software. It is positioned to build a quality bond with its users whom we wish every success.
Paris, 11 February 2012
Research Director at INALCO
General Inspector of Chinese
National Ministry of Education (France)