President Xi Jinping’s Chinese football dream is likely to be realized in the near future with the roll out of new football textbooks. Aimed at those aged between 9 and 18, the textbooks will be finalized this month, ready for students at schools nationwide to begin studying with next semester.
According to reports by Chongqing Economic Times and Beijing Youth Daily, in order to accommodate the various “cognitive” and “physical” abilities of Chinese students, there will be four versions of the textbook and three separate reference books for teachers. The books contain a wide variety of content including instructions on how to kick, dribble and pass, with content tailored towards each age group.
The textbooks will also incorporate pioneering new features, such as QR codes, 3D graphics and high resolution pictures. “Every QR code will lead to an authentic tutorial video,” said Chen Keqi, head of the PE Department at People’s Education Press. Chen also added that the gender ratio of demonstrators within the book was carefully balanced to avoid giving the impression that football is a male dominated sport.
Due to a lack of qualified football coaches, PE teachers will be assisted with CDs and online videos from the publisher. Additional training will be provided where necessary.
Seems like the books will be a learning experience for both students and teachers alike.
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