The Sky Is Bright with Stars is the first in a five-volume series of supplemental reading material that corresponds to five different levels of Chinese proficiency, from beginning through advanced.
The Sky Is Bright with Stars invites students to appreciate the rich textures of traditional and contemporary Chinese culture while sharpening their reading skills. The first in the five-volume Cheng & Tsui Readings in Chinese Culture series, this collection of ten original essays is ideal for intermediate students in their second semester of first-year Chinese, or at the “Intermediate Low” level, as designated by ACTFL proficiency guidelines.
Used as a supplement to any intermediate Mandarin Chinese textbook, or as reading material for independent learners, The Sky Is Bright with Stars will reinforce students’ grasp of Chinese vocabulary and grammar while also strengthening their understanding of Chinese culture.
Given the cultural focus of the AP® and other standardized Chinese exams, teachers will welcome this resource that seamlessly combines language learning with an introduction to both classical and contemporary Chinese culture.
Publisher: Cheng & Tsui
Trim Size: 6“ x 9"
Chinese Reading Comprehesion essays for language learning and cultural comparison
Used as a supplement to any Mandarin Chinese textbook, or as reading material for independent learners, books from the Readings in Chinese Culture Series will reinforce students' grasp of Chinese vocabulary and grammar, and will strengthen students' understanding of Chinese culture. Given the cultural focus of the AP* and other standardized Chinese exams, teachers will welcome this as a valuable resource that seamlessly combines language learning with an introduction to both classical and contemporary Chinese culture.
*AP is a registered trademark of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.
Weijia Huang is a Lecturer of Chinese language at Boston University with a BA in Chinese Language and Literature and MA in History of Chinese Language with a research field in Chinese Paleography. He is also a columnist for the magazine of The World of Chinese.
Qun Ao is an Associate Professor of Chinese language at the United States Military Academy, West Point. She received Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education with a Major in Second Language Acquisition and Linguistics. She is certified a Tester and Trainer by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages for assessing students in Oral Proficiency Interview for US Academia and Government sectors.
Both have co-published extensively in the field of Chinese language and culture, Chinese paleography, pedagogy of Chinese characters, and teachers’ training. Sample titles include The Sky is Bright with Stars (2012), The Moon is Always Beautiful (2008), How Far Away is the Sun (2007), Chinese Language and Culture (2002), Chinese Philology: Knowledge and Issues (2009), and Illustration of the Radicals of Chinese Characters (2008).
Each essay of approximately 500 characters is presented in both simplified and traditional characters on facing pages.
Essays cover a range of cultural topics, from respect for the elderly to fast food options in China to the legends behind Chinese constellations.
A vocabulary list, related words and expressions, and an optional exercise section accompany each lesson.
For students who prefer to read pinyin along with Chinese characters, an appendix of each essay in pinyin is included.
Answer keys at the back of the book help learners gauge their own progress.