Integrated Chinese helps you understand how the Chinese language works grammatically, and how to use Chinese in real life. Materials within Integrated Chinese are divided into sections of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Two types of exercises are used: there are traditional exercises (fill-in-the-blank, sentence completion, translation) to help learners build a solid grammatical foundation; and there are communication exercises (listening quizzes, speaking drills, discussion topics, etc.) to prepare them to function in a Chinese language environment. Authentic materials written for native Chinese speakers, such as newspaper clippings, signs, and tickets, are used frequently. Topics relate to students' immediate environment (family, friends, school, and work) and focus on practical competencies such as seeing the doctor, making an appointment, shopping, etc. Notes on grammar, language use and Chinese culture are found throughout the textbooks. Character workbooks teach students to write characters in their correct stroke order. The Level 2 Character Workbook also features example sentences in traditional characters showing word usage in context, and four useful appendices: Proper nouns and measure words, an English-Chinese glossary of all vocabulary in Levels 1 and 2, a Chinese character index of all characters in Levels 1 and 2, and the example sentences in simplified form.Level 1 is available in simplified or traditional characters. Level 2 contains both writing forms on facing pages. Each level is designed to cover a year of study in a rigorous college program, but can be adapted for other programs working at a slower pace. Level 1 is divided into two parts, one for each semester. Level 1 covers approximately 38 words per lesson with a total of 23 lessons; Level 2 covers approximately 58 words per lesson with 20 lessons.Each CD includes the narratives, dialogs, and vocabulary presented in the textbooks, as well as pronunciation and listening exercises that correspond to the workbooks. Dialogs and narratives are read at slow, medium, and fast speeds, and students can easily switch from one track to the next. Audio CDs contain both textbook and workbook audio material.