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The Chopsticks-Fork Principle x 2: A Bilingual Reader


The Chopsticks-Fork Principle x 2: A Bilingual Reader

Authors: Cathy Bao Bean and Dongdong Chen
Order No. 1055
ISBN-13: 9781931907514
ISBN-10: 193190751X
Binding: Paperback
Publisher: Homa & Sekey Books
Pub Year: 2009
Language: English, Simplified and Traditional Chinese
Size: 8.5 x 11
Page: 328
Price: $59.95. You pay only: $47.96 (after 20% discount).

This book is a unique, bilingual, cross-cultural reader in English and Simplified as well as Traditional Chinese characters. The text is composed of personal, often humorous, stories followed by innovative as well as more standard exercises to help learners become more proficient in their second language and culture while better understanding their first. The goal of foreign language education according to the (American) Modern Language Association's Ad Hoc Committee on Foreign Languages is to raise translingual and transcultural competence. This is achieved through The Chopsticks-Fork Principle in that familiar events like traveling, the first day at school and birthdays are seen through foreign lenses tinted with good humor.

CATHY BAO BEAN, author of The Chopsticks-Fork Principle, A Memoir and Manual, is an educational consultant and speaker on being at least bicultural.
包圭漪是The Chopsticks-Fork Principle, A Memoir and Manual的作者、教育顾问及演讲者。

DONGDONG CHEN, PH.D., is the Director of the Chinese Program and Graduate Program in Asian Studies at Seton Hall University in New Jersey, U.S.A.

PRAISE FOR The Chopsticks-Fork Principle x 2

“Congratulations—I believe you have just broken the enigma of how to teach language and culture at the same time!”
—Glenn Nordin, Foreign Language and Area Advisor, Department of Defense.

“Are you a Chinese living in the United States, an American learning Chinese, a Chinese student learning English, or a Chinese-American who is learning Chinese language and culture? If the answer is yes, you will enjoy this book and also learn something new from it. It is indeed ingenious for Bean and Chen to produce this hybrid of pleasure reading and language textbook that will help us learn both languages and understand the cultural differences at the same time. This book will serve as a model for learning Chinese language and culture.”
—Dr. Tao-Chung Yao, University of Hawaii, leading author of Integrated Chinese.

“This is an excellent book for students learning the English as well as Chinese language and culture. It is distinguished by an entertaining and thought-provoking English text while providing a Chinese translation that is both expressive and fluid.”
—Dr. Wayne He, US Military Academy at West Point, leading author of Chinese for Tomorrow.

“This bilingual reader is highly recommended as the most original Chinese/English textbook to arrive on the North American scene for many years. Perceptive, challenging, and highly entertaining, it is designed for advanced learners of either language as well as anyone with an interest in a fresh approach to inter-cultural translation. The text provides humorous, yet probing, vignettes drawn from the real-life experiences of a Chinese who emigrated to the United States at an early age and constitutes a practical guide to negotiating the inter-cultural. It should be required reading insofar as the cultural axis of the world shifts rapidly Eastward in the 21st century. Each lesson is richly annotated, providing vocabulary lists and a variety of exercises. From both the socio-cultural and linguistic points of view, this textbook is a breakthrough.”
—Dr. Terry Russell, Asian Studies Centre, University of Manitoba.

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This product was added to our catalog on Friday 23 January, 2009.

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