Chinese Characters: Building Blocks was jointly compiled by Professor of Chinese Language Teaching Zhen-Xing Lin and Professor of Educational Psychology Hsueh-Chih Chen. Professor Lin holds the post of Chairman to the Department of Applied Chinese Language and Culture, National Taiwan Normal University. Professor Chen holds the post of Director to the Center of Learning Technology for Chinese (CLTC), as well as Chairman to the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling, National Taiwan Normal University. This joint work was compiled in order to assist Chinese language learners in character recognition and Chinese character writing. Chinese Characters: Building Blocks employs an integrated Chinese character learning approach, featuring both “character-based” and “word-based” material presentation. In this textbook, character components are used to introduce words, and according to this principle, it offers a basic knowledge on how to recognize characters by their components; how to use characters to compose words; how to use words to make a sentence; and in the end of every lesson provides a short text. The text is based on learners’ conversational needs, and covers all kinds of daily life topics, while also providing grammar point explanations. Since “Chinese Characters: Building Blocks” provides both theoretic explanations and practical exercises, we believe it will be well received among learners and prove itself very helpful in Chinese language study.
國立臺灣師範大學 校長 張國恩
國立臺灣師範大學 邁向頂尖大學計畫辦公室 執行長 宋曜廷
The structure of Chinese characters has been studied and analyzed since ancient times, for example according to Chinese dictionary from two-thousand years ago Shuowen Jiezi ( "Explaining and Analyzing Characters"), the character “休” is described as “person (亻) leans on tree (木)”, thus explaining its “stop to rest” meaning. On the contrary, when Shuowen Jiezi explains the character “止”, it says “Base. Grasses and trees have roots. Ancestors used stop to mean foot.” Not so easy to understand, right? As times change, so does the language. Modern language education does not need to rigidly adhere to the teaching methods of the past generations, for it is only when new knowledge is referenced to the things that students come into contact in their life, that meaningful communication becomes possible. Bearing this in mind, Professor Chen Hsueh-Chih with his team of colleagues in education and technology fields, jointly wrote two Chinese language textbooks. The first one is called “Learning Chinese Characters with Drawings”, and is focused on character structure, using association method to assist students in memorizing character structure and meaning, at the same time expanding from characters to words, making character study a practical part of learning the Chinese language. The second book is called “Chinese Characters: Building Blocks”, and just like building a house with building blocks, it leads learners from characters to words, and from words to complete usable sentences, as a result, proving wrong the misconception that characters and vocabulary should be taught separately.
國立臺灣師範大學華語文教學研究所 講座教授 鄭錦全