What are Chinese Cubes?
At the core of the ChineseCUBES program are the 200 carefully selected Chinese Character Cubes. Each Cube comes marked with each Chinese character's Simplified form, Traditional form, Hanyu Pinyin phonetic spellings, English translation, and an Augmented Reality (AR) marker.
Using AR technology and a webcam, their software can identify the AR markers on the cubes and recognize what characters are being used and in what order. Together, the cubes and the software produce interactive audio and visual content on the computer screen to teach the learner how to speak, translate and write and most importantly, how to use these Chinese characters
How does it work?
The Magic of 200 Cubes in 20 themes is the spiraling learning methodology behind it. At the core of the ChineseCUBES language program are 200 carefully selected Chinese characters. While the lessons are laid out in a linear fashion, the way that the material is organized and presented follow the philosophy of the Spiral Approach to learning.
With only 200 ChineseCUBES Character Cubes, up to 30,000 commonly used Chinese phrases and sentences can be learnt in an evolving and spiraling sequence. The Chinese characters were selected from both China's new Chinese Language Proficiency Test (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi, abbreviated HSK) Level 1 vocabulary and Taiwan's Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL) rudimentary level vocabulary to serve as the foundation of this teaching material.
The Character Cubes and curriculum are organized by themes. The first 40 characters and their corresponding lessons make up the Starter Pack content. These first 40 characters are fundamental to greeting people and asking questions, and are crucial to know in order to learn the rest of the characters. The following 160 characters in the Booster Pack are categorized into 8 learning themes. The 8 themes were selected by consulting the ACFTL standards in order to design practical, real-life lesson content. The content thus conforms to the Standards of Foreign Language Education for curriculum design as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
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