During the summer of 2011, I spent 2 months observing a 10th grade Chinese class. A sensory approach is necessary to acquiring new knowledge of Chinese characters, whose pronunciation and meaning has changed over centuries. The method of transmission used by the Chinese teacher may seem archaic to Western societies with a logocentric view of language development; yet aligning of the senses ┬áduring daily recitation sessions makes best use of students’ working memory. Many may not, despite many essays turned in, understand the wisdom in ancient Chinese poetry until they’re older.