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Tales and Traditions, 2nd Ed., Volume 1: Fables, Myths, and Historical Figures

Tales and Traditions, 2nd Ed., Volume 1: Fables, Myths, and Historical Figures

Readings in Chinese Literature Series
2nd Edition
by Yun Xiao, Hui Xiao, Ying Wang
ISBN:
9781622911158
$22.99
Description

Foreign language acquisition research shows that reading large quantities of level-appropriate material is essential to attaining fluency in a foreign language. Tales and Traditions was specially created to meet the need for interesting and informative pleasure reading materials for Chinese language learners. The series presents stories and anecdotes from the Chinese literary canon that are essential for cultural fluency: sayings of classical philosophers, folk tales, legends, excerpts from great works of literature, and more. 

Volume 1 is designed for students with novice-high levels of proficiency in Chinese. Its three units, organized by theme, include ten Chinese literary quotations and fables, seven anecdotes from well-known figures such as Confucius and Sima Guang, and six mythological stories and fantasies. Each text includes an interesting story line, a vocabulary list, and post-text questions. The texts within each unit increase in difficulty, but can still be comfortably read in any order.

Each text in the series can be used for independent reading or for instructor-facilitated classroom reading. Using the stimulating discussion questions that follow each text, teachers can engage students in comprehension checks, cross-cultural comparisons, real-life reflections, and extended research. With a focus on reading comprehension and cultural knowledge, Tales and Traditions is an excellent companion for students who are preparing for the AP®* Chinese Language and Culture Exam or other standardized tests.

*AP® is a registered trademark of the College Board, which is not affiliated with, and does not endorse, this product.

Specs

Publisher: 
Cheng & Tsui
Publication Date: 
2015
Trim Size: 
6.25 x 9
Illustrations: 
B/W illustrations
Table of Contents
  • Preface to the Second Edition
  • Teaching Note
  • Abbreviations of Parts of Speech
  • Part I: Fables and Literary Quotations
    • Pulling Seedlings Up to Help Them Grow
    • Sitting by a Stump to Wait for a Careless Hare
    • Drawing a Snake and Adding Feet
    • Mistaking the Reflection of a Bow for a Snake
    • Six Blind Men and an Elephant
    • Self-Contradiction
    • A Frog in a Well
    • Three in the Morning and Four in the Evening
    • Carving a Mark on a Boat to Look for a Lost Sword
    • An Old Man on the Frontier Loses His Horse
  • Part II: Sayings of Important Historical Figures
    • One Out of Every Three Must Be My Mentor
    • Mencius' Mother Moved Three Times
    • Kong Rong Offers the Best Pears to His Brothers
    • GrindingDown an Iron Pestle to a Needle
    • Bringing a Birch and Begging for a Flogging
    • Cao Chong Weighs an Elephant
    • Breaking the Water Vat to Save a Life
  • Part III: Myths and Fantasies
    • Bird Jingwei Fills Up the Sea
    • Goddess Nuwa Mends the Sky
    • Pangu Creates the Universe
    • Da Yu Controls the Great Flood
    • Kua Fu Chases the Sun
    • The Magic Lotus Lamp
  • Appendix 1: Simplified Characters with Pinyin
  • Appendix 2: Story Abstracts in English
  • Vocabulary Index
  • Answer Key (Reading Comprehension)
  • About the Authors
  • Related Titles
About the Series

Foreign language acquisition research shows that reading large quantities of level-appropriate material is essential to attaining fluency in a foreign language. Tales and Traditions was specially created to meet the need for interesting and informative pleasure reading materials for Chinese language learners. The series presents stories and anecdotes from the Chinese literary canon that are essential for cultural fluency: sayings of classical philosophers, folk tales, legends, excerpts from great works of literature, and more. 

Each text in the series can be used for independent reading or for instructor-facilitated classroom reading. Using the stimulating discussion questions that follow each text, teachers can engage students in comprehension checks, cross-cultural comparisons, real-life reflections, and extended research. With a focus on reading comprehension and cultural knowledge, Tales and Traditions is an excellent companion for students who are preparing for the AP®* Chinese Language and Culture Exam or other standardized tests.

*AP® is a registered trademark of the College Board, which is not affiliated with, and does not endorse, this product.

About the Author(s)

Yun Xiao is Professor of Chinese Language and Linguistics at Bryant University. She has a Ph.D. in Linguistics. Her research interests are second language acquisition and pedagogy, Chinese syntax and discourse analysis, and Chinese teacher education. 

Faye Hui Xiao is Associate Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Kansas. Her special areas of interest include modern and contemporary Chinese literature, popular culture, film studies, and gender studies. 

Ying Wang is a Visiting Instructor of Chinese at Wheaton College. She obtained her M.A. from the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and her B.A. in Chinese Langauge and Literature from Beijing University. Her areas of interest include classical Chinese literature, the history of Chinese writing, and the development, simplification, and standardization of Chinese characters.