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Welcome to My School

My School has been serving the language student community for over 20 years. We are one of the oldest fully accredited and government recognized schools in Taiwan. Over the years students, from all over the globe, have come to study Chinese Language with us. Our flexible schedules and convenient down town location, make us the best choice for those who really need to get things done in Taiwan. At My School, we focus on practical conversation first, emphasizing the words and phrases that will help you immediately. Once you are on your feet (after the first month), we move to BO, PO, MO, FO (BPMF) and Chinese characters. Our approach offers a very fluid form of learning.

Course

My School offers both personal and group classes:

Group classes provide a lively, interactive atmosphere where a broad range of classroom activities give students many opportunities to practice the language together.

Personal classes provide a highly intensive, personalized form of instruction, which enables students to progress at a pace most suited to his or her needs and abilities.

Material

My School teachers use a combination of Pinyin, (the standard Romanization system used in Mainland China) and the National Phonetic System of Taiwan (BPMF). Characters are also taught to intermediate and advance level students who wish to learn the writing system. (Detail please see as below)

Teaching Method

Our teachers use a combination of personal interaction focusing on speech, white board work and computer-based learning. New words and phrases are typed on the computer (in Pinyin and Characters) and given to the students as a print out at the end of the class, therefore enabling the student to learn a greater range of material at home.

 

 Material of Course Description

Course: New Practical Audio-Visual Chinese

Book 1

It has 12 lessons. The key point of teaching is basic pronunciation, syntax, and vocabulary in common use to reach a goal of competent communication. It includes 314 vocabulary entries, 303 phrases and 50 sentence syntaxes.

Book 2

It has 13 lessons. Expanding on the skills learnt in Book 1 by introducing language to enable fluent use of Mandarin in lively natural conversation. There are 303 vocabulary entries, 481 phrases and 39 syntax sentences.

Book 3

It has 14 lessons. The contents emphasize activities on campus, and topics of daily life. There are 600 vocabulary entries, 1195 phrases, 137 syntaxes and each lesson has a short handwritten article to compliment study.

Book 4

It has 14 lessons. To introduce Chinese culture, including social, historical, geographic, as well as human interest (worldly wisdom) aspects. It has 625 vocabulary entries, 1250 phrases and 119 syntaxes. Accompanying each chapter is a handwritten article.

Book 5

It has 20 lessons. This book introduces the uniqueness of Chinese culture and customs. The contents are based on folk customs, traditional drama, notable characters, medicine, science & technology, environmental protection, consumption and leisure time within a current context. Students will be able to converse well in a variety of different discussion points. This volume has an increased vocabulary of 667 entries and 70 conjunctive sentence structures, while the rest of the textbook has reading tests, articles and background stories about Chinese idiomatic phrases.

Course: Practical Audio-Visual Chinese Vol. I

Description:

This volume is designed for those who have no basic knowledge of Chinese and ideograph. There are 25 lessons in this book. Each lesson contains 2 paragraphs of conversation, and another narrative since lesson 9. Syntax practice and combination practice also play an important role in this book. Students who use this book can acquire language skills in modern Chinese, from listening and speaking to reading and writing.

The content of conversation varies a lot, including everyday greetings, self-introduction, shopping, entertainment, traveling, talking about weather, sports and more. All texts are articulated in MPS (Mandarin Phonetic Symbols) and Pinyin system. English translations are also provided for student’s reference.

This volume comes complete with student’s workbook, audiotapes and videocassettes. It is suited for a six-month course at ten hours a week of classroom instruction. After completing this text, students should have learned approximately 615 Chinese characters, 890 vocabulary words and 90 grammatical patterns.

Course: Practical Audio-Visual Chinese Vol. 2

Description:

This book uses dialogues between university students about their campus activities and associated holidays, to allow students to be able to use Chinese to have a variety of assorted discussions.  Given that situations are different in each country and that in recent years more Americans have been studying Chinese, the compilers of this book have chosen America as a backdrop and the teaching material is different than other Chinese textbooks.

This book also gives brief instructions of Taiwan’s history, geography, society and few Chinese customs, in the hopes that students will learn differences between Chinese and non-Chinese culture.

The book has 28 chapters, and is suited for a 25-week course, but instructors can choose to skip certain lessons.  After completing this book, students should have learned approximately 900 Chinese characters and more than 1,800 vocabulary words.  More than 250 grammatical patterns are also included.

Course: Practical Audio-Visual Chinese Vol. 3

Description:

This volume, which follows “Practical Audio-Visual Chinese Vol. 1&2”, is designed to help the students upgrade their language skills and widen their knowledge of Chinese culture and customs simultaneously.

This volume consists of 20 lessons. 17 lessons of Narrative constitute the main part and 3 lessons are presented in the form of broadcast play. The content varies a lot, including Chinese culture, traditional drama, philology, medicine, science, environmental sanitation, consumption, relaxation, and etc. Each lesson consists of 8 parts: (1) main text (2) vocabulary (3) idioms (4) sentence patterns (5) questions for discussion (6) practice exercises (7) reading and discussing (8) selected reading (optional). This compilation encourages students to express themselves by actually using Chinese.

This volume could be finished in 6 months for a 10-hour course per week. A student’s workbook and videotapes are available for more practices.

Course: Far East Everyday Chinese Vol. I

Description:

This volume is designed for English-speaking people to learn Chinese as a second language. With its 12 chapters, it provides the learners with texts in modern standard Chinese. Each of them is equipped with a variety of exercises in phonetics, grammar, contextual meaning and usage to help the learners improve their communicative skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing, and achieve the objective of second language acquisition.

Each chapter is constituted by 9 sections, which are (1) dialogues (2) vocabulary (3) notes (4) grammar (5) aural comprehension drill (6) variety exercises (7) try to guess (8) authentic material (9) translation of the dialogues. Within these sections, (5), (7), and (8) are worth being introduced especially because of the intention of adopting the met cognitive strategy into a language textbook.

This volume comes complete with a student workbook, a teacher’s manual, a character guide, tape cassettes, and multi-media material.

Course: Far East Everyday Chinese Vol. II

Description:

This Book II, following the Far East Everyday Chinese Book I, maintains its authenticity and practicality to meet the needs of efficiency- demanding learners in accordance with the philosophy of the former compilation. The goal of this volume is to provide materials, with 12 units, to facilitate the learners to improve their communicative skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in modern standard Chinese in daily life.

Each chapter is constituted by 10 sections, which are (1) dialogues (2) vocabulary (3) notes (4) grammar (5) aural comprehension drill (6) variety exercises (7) reading comprehension (8) try to guess (9) authentic material (10) translation of the dialogues. Section (7) is a new portion comparing to Book I. It is composed of the vocabulary used in the text, in the form of realistic documents, such as letters and diaries, and is followed by questions based on the narrative. The main goal of this section is to enhance learners’ reading ability with their increasing amount of vocabulary.

Like Book I, this volume also comes complete with a student workbook, a teacher’s manual, tape cassettes, and multi-media material.

Course: Beginning Chinese Readings

Description:

This course is designed for those who can speak and understand Chinese but cannot read or write Chinese characters.  Lessons focus on real life experiences.  The teaching material does not resemble other beginning Chinese texts because it is not restricted to fundamental elements of learning Chinese and its content is not as simple as primary school textbooks.

There are 14 lessons in the book suited for a 14-week course.  Each lesson contains text, vocabulary and usages, grammar and sentence pattern, supplemental information.  A supplementary reading is applied as review after every three lessons. Besides, the exercise book includes writing characters, sentence patterns, making sentence, character correction and word games, providing various practices for students.

After completing this text, students should have learned approximately 700 Chinese characters and more than 1500 vocabulary words.  More than 150 grammatical patterns are also included.

Course: Practical Chinese Dialogues II

Description:

This volume contains 24 lessons in total. Each of them consists of six parts: (1) text (2) words and phrases (3) practice of vocabulary usage (4) syntax and grammatical notes (5) oral practice (6) questions and discussions.

The text is based on everyday situations which foreign students might run into, including registration, banking, shopping, talking about weather, getting a job, renting a house and more. Students will learn 520 new characters through this book. All texts are articulated in MPS (Mandarin Phonetic Symbols), and all the vocabulary in the Yale Romanization system also.

This book is suited for a 150-hour course. The learners who finished this book would have no difficulties for ordinary conversations. Student’s workbook and audiotapes are optional choice.

Course: Chinese Moral Tales

Description:

All the essays in this book are adapted from literary Chinese, such as Mengzi, Mozi, Hanfeizi, and etc. The essays are rewritten to colloquial style, but not in a completely spoken form, so that they can serve as a bridge between oral and reading comprehension.

This book consists of 20 lessons, and is suited for a 5-7 month course according to the reaction of the students. The morals of the essays in this book still exist in the modern society, so some newspapers could be properly used as supplementary materials.

This book is designed for foreigners; therefore all the vocabulary, idioms and grammars are translated into English. In addition, there are examples showing their use in current Chinese. MPS (Mandarin Phonetic Symbols) and the Yale Romanization system are both used in this book. After completing this book, the amount of the new words should have increased by 400.

Course: Taiwan Today

Description:

This volume reflects the lives in Taiwan, and it also represents the variety of Taiwan culture, including Chinese martial arts, night markets, traffic jam, local festivals, the relationship with Mainland China and etc. Students who use this book can know more about Taiwan culture as long as the language proficiency.

The main texts of this book are presented in a written style, while most of the exercises are in spoken form.

There are 12 chapters in this book. Each of them contains text, vocabulary, grammar, exercises and supplementary materials, which bring extra vocabulary correlated with the text and introduce every aspect of Taiwan culture.

Pinyin system is used in this book, and English translations are applied through out the book. As for the characters, both traditional and simplified ones are used.

This volume is suited for a 3-month course.

Course: Chinese Folk Tales Vol. 1

Description:

This volume collects 20 old Chinese folk tales, which reflect the philosophy of ancient Chinese. Since it is designed for foreigners, every single lesson comes with vocabulary, idioms, grammars and practices. MPS (Mandarin Phonetic Symbols) and the Yale Romanization system are used for articulating all the vocabulary. All idioms are well explained and examples are adequately compiled for students to practice them.

Chinese Folk Tales is divided into 2 volumes, and volume 1, which is comparatively easy, could be finished in 3 months. After completing these 2 volumes, students should have learned more than 2000 words, which are frequently used, and have increased their reading comprehension apparently.

Course: Chinese Customs and Traditions

Description:

This book is an intermediate text. The main goal is to make the students increase their knowledge of Chinese customs and traditions, such as the main festivals, the principles of human relationship, wedding ceremony, funeral, and every aspects of ordinary living. Students could learn around 500 new characters and get a rough sketch of Chinese customs.

Each lesson starts with the main text, and is followed by new characters, vocabulary and idioms. MPS (Mandarin Phonetic Symbols) and the Yale Romanization system are both denoted for all characters and vocabulary. English translation, examples and exercises are also provided to let the students master their usage.

This book could be done in a 3-month course.

Course: Chinese Folk Tales Vol. 2

Description:

This volume consists of 20 lessons, which are all well-known Chinese folk tales, including moral tales, myth and legends.

The stories in this volume have a tendency of literature, drama, poetry and philosophy, but vocabulary is basic and practical. Although it is written in a colloquial style, it is not in a completely spoken form. Some literary written form is used in this volume; therefore, it is very helpful not only for students, who plan to learn literary Chinese, but also for those who want to appreciate Chinese movies, television dramas, prose, novels, and even for improving writing skill.

Each lesson in this volume contains text, vocabulary, idioms, sentence patterns and practices. MPS (Mandarin Phonetic Symbols) and the Yale Romanization system are both denoted. English translations and examples are also added.

Because the stories in this volume are relatively long, they need more time for the class instruction. It might require 6 months to complete.

Course: Radio Plays

Description:

This book is composed in a script form. All texts are taken from real broadcast plays. It is suited for students who already have certain conversational ability and still want to improve their speaking skill.

All vocabulary in this book is articulated in PINYIN, and explained mainly in English.

This book consists of 15 lessons. The content is very vivid and interesting. It can help the students improve their listening comprehension and teach them how to express themselves effectively. Using sentence-final partials to express delicate feelings is a good example.

This book could be finished in around 100~120 hours. A recorded cassette is also available for more listening practice.  

Course: Practical Business Conversation I, II

Description:

This book is a revised version. New topics, such as electricity business, investment, were added. The new version has 24 lessons in total, and is divided into 2 volumes. Each one consists of 12 lessons, and is suited for a 3-month course.

The new version fills in some current concepts of business, and classroom activities as well. For the convenience of overseas learners, the phonetic signs have been changed into Pinyin system. A vocabulary index is also added in the end of the book, in both Pinyin and stroke count list. A professional jargons index is also included.

Each lesson contains 4 parts: text (conversation), vocabulary, substitution drills, and classroom activities. The main purpose of this book is to introduce the basic vocabulary and jargons in the business circle.

This book is suited for students who have already finished “Practical Audio-Visual Chinese Vol. 1&2”. After completing both I and II of this text, students should have learned 920 vocabulary words.

Course: Practical Newspaper Readings I, II

Description:

The textbook is divided into 2 volumes. Each one consists of 16 lessons, and could be finished in about 3 months.

The news reports in this book are selected from both local and international newspaper reports multifariously from 1999 to 2000, and are directly cut from newspapers in original print in order that students could be familiar with Taiwan newspapers.

Each lesson consists of 2-4 newspaper reports, vocabulary (English explanation and examples included), proper nouns, patterns, various exercises, questions and discussions. Both MPS (Mandarin Phonetic Symbols) and Pinyin system are used. Students who finished both volumes of this text should have learned approximately 2100 practical news vocabulary, 300 proper nouns, and 50 sentence patterns. Besides, they should have gained the ability to abstract the main idea of newspaper reports, and to understand some basic Chinese syntactic peculiarities, such as abbreviations, function words, prefix, suffix, and synonyms.

Lists of organization of central government and news agencies are appended in the end of the book. Vocabulary index sorted by Pinyin and stroke are also provided.

Course: Stories from Chinese History Vol. 1&2

Description:

Stories of this book are selected from various Chinese historical documents, from the ancient Qin dynasty to the Republic of China, which represent essence of Chinese culture.

The book is divided into 2 volumes. Each volume contains 20 lessons, and could be finished within 3-4 months.

All the vocabulary and idioms in this book are accompanied by English translations, examples and grammatical terms to make them easier to learn. MPS (Mandarin Phonetic Symbols) and the Yale Romanization system are both used.

Students who use this book could increase their reading ability satisfactorily. Furthermore, they could understand the traditional spirits and the historical process of China through the Chinese language.

Course: Thought and Society

Description:

This book brings together 10 essays written in colloquial style on a broad range of topics. The essays are interesting, relevant to contemporary Chinese culture and life in modern Taiwan, and originally published in journals, newspapers, or anthologies.

The two chief objectives of the book are to aid the students in making the transition from prepared materials written for textbook use to authentic materials written for native speaker, and to elevate Chinese proficiency of students from daily life functions to discourse on substantive matters.

This book consists of 10 chapters, and is suited for a course of 3-4 months. Pinyin system is used in this book. After completing this book, students should have learned approximately 1500 vocabulary, 80 sentences patterns, plenty of idioms, and obtained a good knowledge of both Chinese traditional thoughts and concepts about daily lives, modern society, economics, and current issues in Taiwan.

 

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