We’re pleased to report that we’ve just published Mandarin Chinese AP, an advanced-level digital textbook for secondary students of the Mandarin language. This freely-available advanced textbook is the final edition in a series of digital Mandarin textbooks:
Mandarin AP is designed to help students synthesize the skills they’ve acquired in the four previous courses and expand their knowledge of the Chinese language and culture. The four chapters in this online textbook cover a variety of interesting topics including sports, foreign travel, literary figures, ancient characters, and film.
All five textbooks feature video vignettes that introduce new language and culture. Each vignette is accompanied by a transcript and vocabulary list that presents both the traditional and simplified versions of the language. The textbooks also include a clickable audio link for each line of the vocabulary, making it possible to hear expressions and individual words as often as students like. All video and audio can easily be downloaded to a portable device or personal computer.
The textbooks were produced in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the North Carolina Virtual Public School and were developed as content for online courses funded by a Foreign Language Assistance Program grant from the U.S. Government. For more information, including the recently published digital Arabic I textbook, see LEARN NC’s critical languages page.