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Tales and Traditions, 2nd Ed., Volume 4: Excerpts from Classic Chinese Novels

Tales and Traditions, 2nd Ed., Volume 4: Excerpts from Classic Chinese Novels

Readings in Chinese Literature Series
2nd Edition
by Yun Xiao, Hui Xiao, Jijun Yu, Ying Zhang
ISBN:
9781622911189
$26.99
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 4 is designed for students with advanced-low levels of proficiency in Chinese. Each of the four units in this volume features an adapted excerpt from a well-known work of Chinese literature, including Lu Xun's The True Story of Ah Q, Li Ruzhen's Flowers in the Mirror, Wu Cheng'en's Journey to the West, and Shi Nai'an's Water Margin. The excerpts have been adapted into modern Chinese to be accessible to students without any previous exposure to literary or classical Chinese. 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: Excerpts from The True Story of Ah Q
  • Part II: Excerpts from Flowers in the Mirror
  • Part III: Excerpts from Journey to the West
  • Part IV: Excerpts from Water Margin
  • Appendix: Story Abstracts in ENglish
  • Vocabulary Index
  • 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. 

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. 

Jijun Yu is Associate Professor at China University of Geosciences in Wuhan, China. He obtained a B.A. in Chinese literature at Peking University and an M.A. in civl law at Wuhan University. He has been teaching Chinese as a second language to international students at CUG since 1992.

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.