The content is designed in three learning phases: elementary, intermediate, and advanced. It is suitable for NCS students in primary or junior secondary school level. The learning focus of each phase is based on the Chinese Language Curriculum Second Language Learning Framework of Curriculum Development Council (2019). The self-study materials are designed according to the Language Proficiency Development Framework, which aims to build students’ competencies step by step.
Parallel Text of Spoken and Written Language
Formal textbooks and readings usually consist of only the written language, which leads to a major obstacle for NCS students who need to learn Chinese and speak Cantonese at the same time. Therefore, the texts, key words and sentences in “Living Chinese” are all lined with the spoken language to help students in understanding the difference between them.
Translation of 4 languages
Texts, key words and sentences are translated into four languages speak by the most NCS students in Hong Kong, including English, Nepali, Urdu and Hindi, to enhance students’ vocabulary for daily life.
Interactive Exercises for Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing
There are basic language learning activities such as stroke order, choices, matching, Q&A, fill-in-the-blanks, linking and else. In addition, interactive learning activities are also included, such as audio and video recording, drawing, searching for information and more. This allows students to synchronize their visual, auditory and sensory organs to enhance the learning effect.
Learning with Family
NCS students lack opportunities to learn Chinese at home because most of their parents do not understand Chinese. The “Living Chinese” app provides parents with reading and activity materials so as to encourage parents to participate in children’s learning process and provide more Chinese-learning opportunities for the children. The parents can accompany with their children as they grow, cultivate the learning atmosphere in families, and make Chinese a part of students’ lives.