About eReading & eWriting Sample Assignments
Learning foreign languages depend on listening, speaking, reading, and writing, all of which are necessary to accomplish language-learning goals. Our eWrite Chinese Program is targeted specifically towards reading and writing. Below are some of our sample reading and writing assignments for beginner and intermediate levels.
Beginner Reading Assignment Sampleï¼šR02-07
R02-07 â€œI Love My Young Sisterâ€ is author Danna Li 's work, written at age 8. The essay is four paragraphs long and contains 283 characters. A short glossary of 20 new characters and phrases have been added to reduce the difficulty of reading and aid comprehension. Students need to answer 8 questions, each with three possible choices. In addition, various exercises are provided to strengthen the reader's vocabulary, grammar, etc.sample/R02-07_I_love_my_young_sister_æˆ‘çˆ±æˆ‘çš„å°å¦¹å¦¹.doc Download Sample
Beginner Reading Assignment Sampleï¼šR03-09
R03-09 â€œThe Red Chairâ€ is author Lin Na's work, rewritten from English. The essay is six paragraphs long and contains 845 characters. A short glossary of 24 new characters and phrases have been added to reduce the difficulty of reading and aid comprehension. Students need to answer 10 questions, each with three possible choices. In addition, various exercises are provided to strengthen the reader's vocabulary, grammar, etc.sample/R03-09_Red_Chair_in_Classroom_æ•™å®¤é‡Œçš„çº¢æ¤…å_2.doc Download Sample
Beginner Writing Assignment Sampleï¼šW02-05
W02-05 I love my little pet This is a modeled essay about animals. The instructions allow students to use their previous essays, as well as any pets they currently own, as inspiration for the essays they wrote. Other than a suggested vocabulary list, the instruction provides a four-part guide in both Chinese and English.sample/W02-05__I_love_my_Little_Pet_æˆ‘çˆ±æˆ‘çš„å°å® ç‰©.doc Download Sample
Beginner Writing Assignment Sampleï¼šW03-01
W03-01 Piggy Bank is a object description essay. The instructions provided a few pictures about piggie banks and 6 potential essay topics. The most helpful for students are four detailed, Chinese/English guidelines.sample/W03-01_Piggybank_ç“·çŒªå‚¨è“„ç½_1.doc Download Sample
Intermediate Reading Assignment Sample 1ï¼š
R05-18 Black Nosesample/R05-18_Black_Nose_é»‘é¼»å.doc Download Sample
Intermediate Reading Assignment Sample 2ï¼š
R06-17 Tongtong's Piano Teachersample/R06-17_Tongtongs_Piano_Teacher_ç«¥ç«¥çš„é’¢ç´è€å¸ˆ_1.doc Download Sample
Intermediate Writing Assignment Sample 1ï¼š
W05-14 Description -An ethnic ladysample/W05-14_Description_-An_ethnic_lady_ç¾Žä¸½çš„äº‘å—å§‘å¨˜.doc Download Sample
Intermediate Writing Assignment Sample 2ï¼š
W06-10 Blind & Qilinsample/W06-10_Blind__Qilin_ç›²äººä¸Žéº’éºŸ_1.doc Download Sample
Like any essay, a good piece of Chinese writing is above all one which flows and sounds natural. Here are some quick and simple tips for achieving this.
- Use connectives in your writing.
These are some useful ones that are often seen in native Chinese essays...
另外 此外 除此之外
比方说 比如 例如
- Use ‘chengyus' (idioms).
These are very commonly used in Chinese writing and will give your essay a sense of fluency and flair. Be careful to make sure you fully understand the meaning of the idiom and the context in which it can be used before using it in your work.
Here are some useful ‘chengyus' that can be used in a variety of contexts in an essay...
显而易见: evident, obvious (‘the issue here is obvious’) 首屈一指: top notch, second to none (‘this hospital’s health care is top notch’) 耳熟能详: well known, talked about (‘such as the well known product..’) 成千上万: innumerable, many (‘many rural workers have migrated to the cities’)
- Say the sentence out loud first.
To make an essay sound more natural and less like an English sentence that has been directly translated into the Chinese equivalent, I find it helpful to sometimes say a sentence out loud before writing it, or to think how a native speaker would phrase it.