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“[Ni Wo Ta] provides more sample sentences, and

more meaningful sentences, than many textbooks.

It introduces a novel idea of focusing on students’

grasp of sentences before moving to the main

text ... the vocabulary is well-selected and closely

associated with the tasks.”

– Jungjung Lee-Heitz, University of Maryland

Bottom-up Approach to Teaching


Unlike most traditional textbooks, the vocabulary items

in Ni Wo Ta are not derived from a single piece of text.

Vocabulary relevant to the lesson’s topic and functional

goals are presented in thematically related sets, making

it easier for students to recall and acquire new words, A

broader vocabulary allows students to be more flexible

and creative with how they express themselves.

Rich Cultural Content

Ni Wo Ta skillfully weaves diverse cultural content throughout

the program: in the video, the practice activities, the readings,

the writing activities, and the cultural reading at the end of

Part B of each unit.

This cultural content highlights various Chinese communities

and fosters the learner’s cultural awareness from a global

point of view.

Functional-notional Approach to

Teaching Grammar

The main units are structured around “notions” or real-

life situations in which people communicate, which are

further broken down into “functions”, specific aims of


The grammatical items are sequenced and introduced as

necessary to allow students to perform the entire set of

functions. Key grammar concepts are illustrated through the

video and further reinforced through grammar exercises,

pair-work conversations, and listening-speaking activities.


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