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Language in Action

You can find the video episodes in lessons 2 and 4 of each unit. In each dramatic segment, the characters interact using the vocabulary and grammar from the corresponding lessons, as well as a small number of new, everyday expressions.

The Language in Action section in each textbook lesson is an abbreviated version of the dramatic episode featured in the Supersite.

Activities are provided for both the textbook dialogues and the videos.

  • Culture Focus highlights a cultural aspect from the video.
  • Storyboards show excerpts of the video episode.
  • Conversations reinforce vocabulary and structures from the new lessons in a comprehensible way.
  • Glossary defines unfamiliar words and expressions from the conversations in the episode.
  • Activities check comprehension of key information, prompt discussion and intercultural comparison, and give students the opportunity to role-play interactions based on the video.
  • Everyday Chinese provides practical, informal expressions from the video and prompts students to practice using these expressions on the spot.
thematic vocabulary

Introduces Thematic Vocabulary in Real-Life Contexts

The vocabulary and dialogues reflect the most natural interactions of people in China, and allow students to experience the authentic, living language that is so much more than putting building blocks of linguistic structures and terms together.

  • Communicative Goals highlight real-life tasks students will be able to carry out in Chinese by the end of the lesson.
  • Easy-to-study contextualized vocabulary lists present thematically relevant vocabulary.
  • Dynamic, full-color photos contextualize and illustrate the vocabulary.
  • Activities, including at least one listening activity, help students practice the new vocabulary.
  • Notes provide additional information for learning vocabulary.

Grammar structures are introduced in clear, natural context to show usage and are practiced in context to prepare for real-life usage.


Grammar Preview Presents New Grammar Topics in Context

  • Two audio recorded dialogues containing key grammar points present new topics in context.
  • Understand, Discuss, Interact three-step activities guide inductive learning and active analysis of the grammar points before they are formally introduced.
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Language Focus

Language Focus Topics Present Chinese Grammar in a Graphic-Intensive Format

  • Focusing on communicative functions, each lesson features two to four grammar topics.
  • Sidebars with additional information help students navigate the topic at hand.
    • Compare draws comparisons to English grammar.
    • Language Note and Attention alert students to usage and common pitfalls.
    • Review cross-references related grammar content in previous lessons.
    • Culture Note introduces relevant cultural information.
  • Quick Check activities allow students to check their understanding of specific aspects of each topic before moving on.
  • Activity pages provide oral, structure-focused activities with cues in Chinese, followed by written practice and open-ended communicative activities.

Geography Focus

Lesson 1 of each unit presents a city or region of the Chinese-speaking world.

  • Introduction explores cultural facets of a city or region of the Chinese-speaking world.
  • Photos illustrate cultural and geographical highlights of the city or region.
  • Map shows the general location of the featured city or region.
Geography Focus
Culture in Context

Culture in Context

This section appears in every second and fourth lesson and explores cultural themes related to the unit.

  • Cultural reading in English presents an aspect of Chinese culture that connects to the unit theme.
  • Photos and realia bring to life important aspects of the theme.
  • Activities invite students to investigate, interact, and reflect on the cultural topic.

Authentic Video

Appears in every third lesson and exposes students to authentic Chinese language and culture in context.

  • Introduction gives students background on the topic before they watch the video.
  • Comprehension activities ask basic questions to make sure students understand the gist of the video.
  • Discussion questions encourage students to reflect on cultural similarities and differences.
authentic Chinese language and culture in context
cummulative practice and task-based activities


At the end of each unit pulls the lessons together with cummulative practice and a task-based activity.

  • Contextualized activities give students the opportunity to synthesize what they learned in the unit. Formats include worksheet and info-gap activities, real-world tasks, and presentations.
  • Let‘s Connect is a set of interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational activities in the style of Integrated Performance Assessment. Based on audio or textual content, the activity addresses key communicative goals of the unit and links back to the Language in Action video.
  • Semi-authentic readings come from a variety of genres, relate to the unit theme, and combine unit vocabulary with new words.
  • Before You Read, While You Read, and After You Read activities help students navigate the text.
  • Strategy gives students tools for understanding content that includes unfamiliar words.

Character Writing Manual (CWM)

The two-volume Character Writing Manual, corresponding to the textbook lessons, lets students practice handwriting new characters.

Character Writing Manual (CWM)

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