Huanying, Volume 4, Online Textbook

Huanying, Volume 4, Online Textbook

An Invitation to Chinese
by Jiaying Howard, Lanting Xu

The Huanying Volume 4 Online Textbook is an identical, digital alternative to the print edition. This subscription is valid for 12 months, starting from the date of purchase. Please note that the online textbook is not available for download and an Internet connection is required to access this title.

The Huanying Volume 4 textbook covers the fourth year of study at the secondary school level. Like Volume 3, the textbook is divided into 4 units and covers topics such as Transportation Has Become More Convenient, Regional Cuisines in China, Green Spring Festival, Commercials Everywhere, Employment, and Study Abroad.  Each unit has Learning Goals, includes 5 lessons plus one unit review, and a Self-Assessment checklist. Within each lesson there are two dialogues or texts, a New Words section introducing vocabulary in simplified and traditional characters – as well as pinyin and English,- Language Notes that discuss grammar and usage structures through explanation and example, Extend Your Knowledge supplementary vocabulary, A Glimpse into Chinese Culture, and a Do You Know? section that offers additional cultural information.


Cheng & Tsui
Publication Date: 
Sunday, May 6, 2012
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About the Series

Huanying, Cheng & Tsui’s Chinese curriculum designed for secondary schools, was developed in accordance with ACTFL National Standards to meet the growing need for high-school materials. Set in an international school in Shanghai, Huanying's storyline follows the lives of a diverse group of students, both at school and at home to embed extensive language practice in a meaningful context. Huanying engages students in interactive and integrated language practice through fun and meaningful activities, contemporary topics that appeal to secondary school students, a full-color textbook design, and additional resources that will reduce teacher preparation time and allow teachers to focus on teaching.  The four-volume series covers four years of instruction at the secondary school level, and is perfect for pre-AP* and AP* Preparation.

Huanying is organized around topics that are essential to everyday communication, such as greetings, family, common items, dates and times, transportation, food and drink, and school. Volumes 1 and 2 each contain six units; Volumes 3 and 4 have four units. Each unit has five new lessons and one review lesson. Volumes 1 and 2 introduce approximately 500 essential vocabulary terms each, while Volume 3 introduces over 400 words. In addition, Volume 1 includes about 150 supplementary words and Volume 2 includes about 300 supplementary words. Volumes 3 and 4 have around 200 supplementary words each. Huanying’s simple, yet systematic, language notes introduce students to accurate and natural use of the language. Activities in the corresponding Huanying workbooks are skill-integrated, meaning nearly all exercises involve two or more language skills; this structure mirrors real-life usage and helps improve students’ overall language proficiency.

 Huanying contains the perfect mix of ingredients to ensure that the students’ learning experience is continuously intertwined with the “5-Cs” of foreign language learning—communication, culture, connections, comparisons, and communities—as established by the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning. The Huanying series contains a wealth of cultural information, exposing students to modern Chinese life while giving them an important grounding in Chinese idioms, legends, and traditions. By starting with a communicative approach and combining it with carefully crafted activities that embed repetitive language practice in a meaningful context, the authors of Huanying have created a practical and fun learner-centered experience for secondary school students.