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Re: [evonline2002_webheads] Re: Chinese Language Learning Program

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  • Veronica Baig
    Thanks, Elizabeth. It was good to have some confirmation of my thoughts on the subject let alone the issue of providing a grade school text for adults.
    Message 1 of 3 , Jan 10, 2011
      Thanks, Elizabeth. It was good to have some confirmation of my thoughts on the
      subject let alone the issue of providing a grade school text for adults.

      Veronica




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      From: ElizabethHS <ehansonsmi@...>
      To: evonline2002_webheads@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Thu, January 6, 2011 5:31:34 AM
      Subject: [evonline2002_webheads] Re: Chinese Language Learning Program


      Hi Veronica--
      I've seen a similar approach used in textbooks for teaching the Deaf--the
      beginning readers embed small pictures of objects with the English word written
      above them. Gradually the number of pictures are reduced until the student is
      seeing only text. Sorry I can't give you an exact reference for these texts--it
      was many years ago that I worked with them.
      I believe the theory was based (somewhat incorrectly) on the idea that reading
      was oral/aural--that reading aloud was reading. We now know that reading is
      visual and comprehension comes through associating meanings with text that makes
      sense.
      So I guess this approach might work, though I suspect the reader would be
      seeking meanings and ignoring the details of the words in Chinese; that is, the
      reader would focus more on the English than the target language words.
      Cheers--
      --Elizabeth HS

      --- In evonline2002_webheads@yahoogroups.com, Veronica Baig <one_blue_jay@...>
      wrote:
      >
      > Hi Everyone:
      >
      > I've been asked to express an opinion on this Chinese lanaguage learning
      > program--it's an approach I've never seen before. I'd be interested in knowing

      > if any of you have seen a "mixed" approach--some of the target language
      >embedded
      >
      > within English-- such as this to language learning before, and also whether or

      > not you have any insights to offer. Of course, if any of you are familiar with

      > teaching Chinese, that would be even better;-)
      >
      > http://www.experiencechinese.com/products/chineseyourway
      >
      > Thanks,
      >
      > Veronica
      >






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