Discover China focuses on the personalization of language practice to make learning real and meaningful. Language acquired enables students to tackle reallife, everyday situations with confidence. Through a variety of activity types, speaking activities begin with structured, controlled practice with full support, and move towards creative, personalized production activities. Controlled speaking activities are linked to presentation dialogues and reading texts. Activities are functionoriented, requiring learners to use relevant vocabulary and language points in realistic, contextualized ways. Options built into activities allow for learner autonomy.
Communication activities are designed to stimulate freer, learner-centred interactions. Creative choices are built into exercises to allow for meaningful and personalized dialogues.
The extra pair work activities at the end of the book are open-ended creative exercises designed to incorporate wider scopes of vocabulary and language points. Options built into activities allow for a high level of learner autonomy, empowering learners to take charge of their learning.
Integrated pronunciation practice of new words prepares students for communicative activities in the unit. Words are carefully selected on basis of frequency of use and complexity of pronunciation.
Chinese To Go provides practical language expressions, or ‘chunks’, of immediate use to learners. These common and useful phrases are linked to the unit theme and help students in everyday conversation.
Cultural Corner facilitates the development of crosscultural communication and understanding. Topics are relevant to learners’ lives and serve as springboards for cross-cultural discussions.