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Reading is even more fundamental in Chinese…

November 3, 2017

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You all know I’m a huge proponent of reading for pleasure as a way to build vocabulary, gain a better grasp of academic language and just generally become a more educated human being. And that goes for Chinese, too.

Some researchers who look at reading for pleasure (and please, note the pleasure part of this. If it ain’t fun, it ain’t happening!) recently published a book on this. I highly recommend it. And it comes in simplified and traditional Chinese as well. If there isn’t enough reading going on in your child’s classroom, get a copy in the appropriate characters and give it to your child’s teacher…

Dr. Christy Lao from San Francisco State University, Dr. Stephen Krashen and Dr. Sy-Ying Lee from National Taiwan University of Science and Technology have just published a book titled Comprehensible and Compelling – The Causes and Effects of Free Voluntary Reading. The traditional Chinese character version titled “自主阅读” is published by Commonwealth亲子天下出版社 in Taiwan, the simplified Chinese character version will be published by XinJiang Juvenile Publishing House 新疆少年儿童出版in China. 

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Lydia Carlson permalink
    November 3, 2017 5:38 pm

    How do you order these books in Simplified? I always get stuck on the ordering part since I can’t read Chinese.

    • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
      November 7, 2017 9:16 am

      I don’t think the simplified version has come out yet. Keep searching on the book’s title in English and the simplified version (published by XinJiang Juvenile Publishing House as 新疆少年儿童出版社 in China) and at some point it will hopefully pop up. I’ll also check with the authors.

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