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Tales and Traditions, 2nd Ed., Volume 3: Poems, Myths, Love Stories, and More

Tales and Traditions, 2nd Ed., Volume 3: Poems, Myths, Love Stories, and More

Readings in Chinese Literature Series
2nd Edition
by Yun Xiao, Ying Zhang, Chunching Chang
ISBN:
9781622911172
$24.99
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 3 is designed for students with intermediate-high levels of proficiency in Chinese. Its five units, organized by theme, include five classical Chinese poems, five informative readings about well-known cities and historical sites, four classic love stories, four knight-errant stories, and five myths and fantasies. Each text in the series has an interesting plotline, 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: 
2016
Trim Size: 
6.25 x 9
Table of Contents
  • Preface to the Second Edition
  • Teaching Note
  • Abbreviations of Parts of Speech
  • Part I: Classical Chinese Poems
    • Missing My Hometown on a Tranquil Night
    • Spring Morning
    • Love Seeds
    • Pitying the Farmers
    • Visiting the Plain of Tombs
  • Part II: Famous Places and Historical Sites
    • Beijing, China's Capital City
    • The Great Wall of China
    • Xi'an's Terracotta Warriors and Horses
    • Dunhuang Rock Caves
    • Tibet's Potala Palace
  • Part III: Love Stories
    • Giving One's Best in a Time of Hardship
    • The Deer Looks Back
    • A Broken Mirror Repairs Itself
    • The Conqueror Bids Farewell to His Favorite Concubine
  • Part IV: Knight-Errant Stories
    • Sleeping on Firewood and Tasting Gall
    • Scraping the Poisoned Bone for Treatment
    • Mu Guiying, the Commander-in-Chief
    • The Heroine Feng Wanzhen
  • Part V: Myths and Fantasies
    • Shen Nong Tastes Hundreds of Herbs
    • The Story of Emperor Shun
    • Lin Moniang, Goddess of the Sea
    • The Eight Immortals Cross the Sea
    • Zhu Bajie Takes a Wife
  • Appendix: Story Abstracts in English
  • Vocabulary Index
  • Answer Key (Reading Comprehension)
  • About the Authors
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. 

Ying Zhang is currently a lecturer of Chinese as a second language at China University of Geosciences. She has over twelve years of second/foreign language teaching experience at the college and grade-school level. She obtained her B.A. in language education at Central China Normal University and her M.A. at Wuhan University.

Chunching Chang received her B.A. in Chinese langauge and literature from National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, and her M.A. in Chinese language and literature from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research interests are Chinese linguistics and pedagogy.