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Setting the Stage for Chinese

Plays and Performances
by Yuanchao Meng

Many students learn by doing, and with Setting the Stage for Chinese, students of all ages will be singing, shouting and laughing as they learn Chinese. By combining language learning with theater performance, this innovative new series of bilingual plays introduces students to Chinese language and culture as they read each story and perform their roles on stage. Setting the Stage for Chinese offers two levels, providing plays suitable for beginning, intermediate and advanced students in grades K-12.


  • The plays are bilingual (English, simplified characters and pinyin romanization), making Setting the Stage for Chinese perfect for both heritage speakers and learners of Chinese as a second language.
  • The plays cover a wide range of topics in Chinese culture, such as traditional Chinese holidays, fairy tales, legends, myths and stories about historical figures. This rich cultural component will help students gain fluency in Chinese culture.
  • Bilingual teacher/parent resource pages for each play contain background information and practical teaching suggestions.
  • A Setting the Stage companion website offers suggestions for costumes and props, a photo gallery, and additional resources. Teachers can share own ideas and photos of performances, too. To access the companion site, click here.