Chinese Sentence Builders: A lexicogrammar approach
Chinese Sentence Builders is a workbook aimed at beginner to pre-intermediate students co-authored by three modern languages educators with over 50 years of extensive classroom experience between the two, both in China, the UK and internationally.
This ‘no-frills’ book contains 19 units of work on very popular themes, jam-packed with graded vocabulary-building, reading, translation, retrieval practice and writing activities. Key vocabulary, lexical patterns and structures are recycled and interleaved throughout.
Each unit includes:
a sentence builder modelling the target constructions;
a set of vocabulary building activities which reinforce the material in the sentence builder;
a set of narrow reading texts exploited through a range of tasks focusing on both the meaning and structural levels of the text;
- 一系列的翻译练习旨在通过检索信息的练习（retrieval practice）进而巩固学习成效；
a set of translation tasks aimed at consolidation through retrieval practice;
a set of writing tasks targeting essential writing micro-skills such as spelling, functional and positional processing, editing and communication of meaning.
Alongside the macro-units you will find:
grammar units: one or two pages of activities occurring at regular intervals. They explicitly focus on key grammar structures which enhance the generative power of the constructions in the sentence builders. At this level they mainly concern themselves with full conjugations of key verbs, with agreement and preposition usage. Note that these units recycle the same verbs many times over by revisiting at regular intervals but in different linguistic contexts;
question-skills units: one or two pages on understanding and creating questions. These micro-units too occur at regular intervals in the book, so as to recycle the same question patterns in different linguistic contexts;
- 快速复习：这些单元中有旨在帮助学习者记住先前习得词汇的检索信息的练习（retrieval practice）
revision quickies: these are retrieval practice tasks aimed at keeping the previously learnt vocabulary alive. These too occur at regular intervals;
self-tests: these occur at the end of the book. They are divided into two sections, one for less confident and one for more confident learners.
Based on the Extensive Processing Instruction (E.P.I.) principle that learners learn best from comprehensible and highly patterned input flooded with the target linguistic features, the authors have carefully designed each and every text and activity to enable the student to process and produce each item many times over.