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Working with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the North Carolina Virtual Public School, LEARN NC has published digital textbooks for secondary courses in two “critical languages”: Mandarin Chinese and Arabic.

The textbooks were developed as content for online courses funded by a Foreign Language Assistance Program grant from the U.S. Government. After field-testing and extensive review, they are being made available on LEARN NC’s website — free of charge, to anyone anywhere in the world, under a Creative Commons license.

Beyond text

These “digital textbooks” offer far more than text! Each lesson is built around a video featuring native speakers. The dialogue is then broken down line by line, with embedded audio to enable students to listen and repeat as often as needed. Each new word or phrase is presented individually in an audio vocabulary list, and language and grammar notes explain what the student is hearing and why. Cultural notes on each lesson complete the experience.

Mandarin Chinese

Mandarin Chinese I | 中文课程1
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Part one of an online textbook for learning Mandarin Chinese.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Mandarin Chinese II | 中文课程2
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Part two of an online textbook for learning Mandarin Chinese.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Mandarin Chinese III | 中文课程3
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Part three of an online textbook for learning Mandarin Chinese.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Mandarin Chinese IV | 中文课程4
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Part four of an online textbook for learning Mandarin Chinese.
Format: book (multiple pages)
AP Mandarin Chinese | 中文课程AP
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The most advanced level of an online textbook for learning Mandarin Chinese.
Format: book (multiple pages)

Arabic

Arabic I | 1 عربي
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Part one of an online textbook for learning Arabic.
Format: book (multiple pages)