Mastering Chinese Language and Culture is a 20-volume series designed to teach Chinese to students with some basic understanding of the language. It begins with the introduction of recognition of characters and pinyin, and building up to a comprehensive and systematic introduction to Chinese culture. Diverse aspects of Chinese characters such as geography, history, and philosophy are covered. The series teaches Chinese characters and culture simultaneously so that students will be able to speak Chinese and also understand the culture behind the language.
The flexible structure allows teachers to customize materials according to students' needs. Students can start from Volume 1 or any of Volumes 10-20 to study a particular topic in depth. Volumes 10-20 are a set of reading books covering 9 cultural topics, which can be used independently in other Chinese language and culture courses.
Each volume comes with 2 workbooks of practice exercises. Volumes 1-5 comes with flashcards for Chinese character and pinyin instruction and learning. The companion CD-ROMs (sold separately) provide engaging activities to enrich the lessons.