Gateway to Chinese Language is a comprehensive package of course material for first-year Mandarin Chinese. It is in two volumes, each comprising a textbook and a workbook.Volumes I and II have ten and twelve lessons respectively. Each lesson contains dialogues, annotated vocabulary with illustrated sentences, sentence patterns, sentence building exercises, questions and responses, cultural notes in English, and a reading section. For the lesson texts, both pinyin and Chinese characters are provided. The pinyin text focuses on pronunciation, accuracy of intonation, and fluency of speech, while the Chinese character text stresses character recognition and reading comprehension. The workbook is designed to help students consolidate what they have learned from the lessons. A special feature of this course package is that an interactive tutorial software accompanies the text, aiming to help students prepare class assignments in a focused, interactive, and interesting way.
Jing-Heng Sheng Ma
The Chinese University Press