Easy Chinese Tutor (Level Two), is the second course of the Easy Chinese Tutor series. Like the first course, it is designed for those who want to learn the Chinese language on their own with the help of a computer. As an individualized tutorial program, ECTutor can also be flexibly used to supplemental regular instruction. This program is unique because it is based on the authorís own instructional model that was specifically created for teaching Chinese as a second language. ECTutor is intended to help the learner develop a solid background in basic Chinese. Although it also teaches the learner to speak Mandarin Chinese, its emphasis, however, is on the written language. ECTutor differs from other Chinese language programs in at least the following ways: First, you learn Chinese one step at a time. Each step is small, gradual, and manageable. You will never be overwhelmed by the amount of material to be learned at any given time. In fact, each step consists of no more than three new characters. Second, learning is very precise, you know exactly what to expect and what to accomplish. Since the program is self-paced, you can move as fast as you can. Or you can take as much time as you want to thoroughly learn the material provided in any given step. Third, learning is highly structured and systematic. By design, each Chinese character in the learning sequence has a special role to play: to build up and expand your language network. Thus, you don't just learn the characters or words in isolation; you learn them as the necessary components in the formation of a network of links, connections, and associations. It is assumed that the more links you have in your language network, the more efficient you will become in the acquisition of the Chinese language. Other features of this self-study or tutorial course include the following: 1. Shows both traditional and simplified characters in the same course. 2. Emphasizes all four areas of language learning: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. 3. Offers a variety of learning tools, exercises, and tests. 4. Shows several different ways to learn a Chinese character. 5. Uses diagrams and boxes to explain sentence structures. 6. Includes both pinyin and zhuyin in the Mandarin version. 7. Provides templates for printing hollow Chinese characters. 8. Provides numerous logical cues and examples to facilitate learning. 9. Is based on sound learning and instructional principles.
System Requirements: Windows 95 or higher. 100 MHZ or faster 4xCD-ROM drive or faster. Speakers
Note: Based on all models tested, the Easy Chinese Tutor CD-ROM is
compatible with Windows XP. In the event that it doesnít work on your own
computer, please first make sure that you have followed the instructions
provided on how to start Easy Chinese Tutor. If it still doesnít work,
please feel free to return it to the seller for refund.
About the Author
Easy Chinese Tutor is created and developed by Edward C. Chang. Dr. Chang is a retired chairman and psychology professor of Albany State University. Prior to his retirement from active teaching, he received several federal grants to design and conduct research on computer-assisted instruction. He is the translator of the well-known book Knocking at the Gate of Life and Other Healing Exercises from China.