joint project of E-language Learning System (ELLS) is
originated from a bilateral MOU of E-Language Learning
System (ELLS) signed by American Department of Education
and the Chinese Ministry of Education on behalf of the
two governments in Washington in October 2002.
Both parties are committed to collaboration in the
development of Chinese and English online learning
courseware mainly of animation, which has its Chinese
name of "乘风" and English one of "Chengo".
It takes the Olympics as the main theme, and language
camps and home-stay life as its storyline, which presents
35 50-minute episodes.
Chengo Chinese is a multi-media Chinese learning
system, which is lively, innovative, practical and
scientific. It comes a result of the cooperation in
the ELLS project between Chinese MOE and USED. A group
of leading experts in linguistic pedagogy and technology
are invited to participate in the project design and
development according to the syllabi of two countries
to cater for demands of middle school students in
Chinese at the age of 12-18.
Chengo Chinese integrates multiple functions with
advanced speech recognition and handwriting recognition
technology, as well as intelligent feedback system.
It provides flexible methods of study and varied modes
of practice, which is helpful to enhance the learners'
Chengo Chinese is simple and spontaneous in design
with lively characters. The stories are also enchanting,
which makes the learning process entertaining with
Chengo Chinese provides vivid Chinese situations
and deliberately chooses the pictures. It unfolds
Chinese customs and modern cultures from different
perspectives, thus serving as a window to China.
closely links the Chengo course with the Internet,
providing comprehensive contents for Chinese learns
with its various functions.