About Utter Fluency
- These resources are so much more than your average textbook! This is a fully resourced programme, ready to pick up and run with!
- An extensive collection of vocabulary practice tools (Quizlet, Sugarcane), Kahoots, and suggested videos are incorporated.
- There is even a fully detailed unit plan for each unit. You can copy and paste it into your school's template!
- These resources are perfect for schools offering BYOD. The units come in the form of colourful PDFs which are compatible with any device and easy to write on top of.
- The units follow a communicative style which builds reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Tasks are used to foster authentic communication between students.
- An international version is now available.
The series starts at a beginner level and follows a cartoon character called Wiremu. He is a New Zealand high school student of Maori descent who has just started an exchange to a school in Beijing.
The resources have been designed to cover all four language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) in a way that is as engaging as possible for students. There are a variety of written, communicative and listening activities which enable students to fully grasp the vocabulary and sentence structures covered. There is also extension material for students who finish faster than others. Throughout the books, as Wiremu encounters new people and situations, Chinese cultural points are highlighted and compared with western and Maori culture.
Students react very positively and are highly engaged with this package of learning resources. The accompanying teacher version of each unit also makes the resources suitable for teachers who are non-native Chinese speakers.
All materials and text © Learning Languages for Kiwis Ltd.
I taught high school Chinese for five years, mostly at Pakuranga College. When my school adopted BYOD, I combined my previous graphic design experience with my language and pedagogical skills to create these digital textbooks. I used these resources in my own classroom for four years, constantly reviewing and improving them.
As a non-native speaker of Chinese I have developed many strategies to successfully master the language. I have incorporated these strategies into the books so that students can benefit from them.
In 2017 I participated in the year-long TPLT - Transforming Practice in Language Teaching to further enhance the effectiveness of these resources. I have taken medical retirement from teaching after being diagnosed with muscular dystrophy and will now be spending more time developing resources for teachers.
My philosophy in sharing these resources is to save teachers time and effort so that they have more time to spend on the students in front of them. I welcome requests and ideas for the development of future resources.