In each unit, the Language in Use grammar sections typically follow an inductive or “discovery” approach drawing on learners’ existing knowledge. Students focus on the forms of the grammar through the presentation of simple, everyday examples. These exercises guide students to make connections between grammatical forms, functions and the meanings they signal. Grammatical patterns are then recycled throughout the rest of the units to maximize reinforcement and repetition.
Additional support for each unit consolidates basic Chinese grammar. Grammar Reference gives understandable but detailed references to key points.
Vocabulary is clearly and systematically presented with words appearing in the same order as in presentation dialogues and reading texts. Vocabulary is tightly linked to the themes and topics covered in the units.
Vocabulary and listening sections pre-teach words which appear in the presentation dialogue in lesson 1. These dialogues serve to put new words into a meaningful context to show natural language use.
Vocabulary extension at the end of each unit further expands the scope of new words within the theme. Extra vocabulary practice in the workbook allows for a flexible approach.