“[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
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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