Learning Chinese Will Never Be the Same: Discovering Chinese on the iPad
Discovering Chinese – iPad Edition is transforming language learning in classrooms and beyond. The first and only iPad app based on a proven Chinese language learning curriculum.
Palo Alto, CA (PRWEB) June 06, 2012
Better Chinese, LLC launches Discovering Chinese — iPad Edition to help students conquer the challenges of learning Chinese. Targeted at middle school and high school students, Discovering Chinese combines a popular, state-adopted curriculum with the advantages of the iPad platform to create a revolutionary language-learning environment.
Development of Discovering Chinese — iPad Edition started nearly a year ago, when Better Chinese teamed up with Stanford University and the National Security Association´s STARTALK program to create an intensive summer Chinese language course on the iPad for high school students in the heart of Silicon Valley. STARTALK aims to train the next generation of students in six critical languages, including Chinese. Better Chinese was chosen as a partner of the program on the strength of its secondary curriculum, which has already been adopted by eight states and over 400 schools worldwide.
In addition to its success at STARTALK, the Discovering Chinese iPad classroom was also well-received in pilot programs in Brentwood and Woodside, California. “I was amazed when Discovering Chinese held my students´ attention so completely. They didn´t want to turn it off even when class ended!” remarked Hilda Leung, Mandarin teacher at Brentwood School.
The pilot programs generated an unexpected demand from consumers. “We wanted to make this tool available to anyone interested in learning Chinese in or out of the classroom. Transforming our curriculum materials for the iPad environment optimizes Chinese language learning in a way that we´ve never seen before,” says James Lin, Better Chinese CEO.
Discovering Chinese — iPad Edition´s environment features comic book-style illustrations, character stroke order practices, animated videos, and fun exercises that can be auto-corrected by the program or submitted to instructors for evaluation. Instead of a separate textbook and workbook, this application combines both components onto a single, portable device.
Try Discovering Chinese — iPad Edition! The first lesson is free. More lessons are available for $5.99 each or $49.99 for the first volume of 12 lessons. Experience what teachers and students alike are calling one of the best Chinese learning tools available. Learn interactively, everywhere!
To learn more about Better Chinese and the Discovering Chinese iPad application, please visit http://www.betterchinese.com.
About Better Chinese
Founded by educators from Columbia University and the U.N., Better Chinese is a leading publisher of Mandarin curricula for students of all levels, from pre-kindergarten to college. Officially adopted by nine states in the United States and used in 1200+ schools worldwide, the Better Chinese pedagogy, learning materials and technologies are helping to build the next generation of Chinese language speakers.
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