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Tales and Traditions, Volume 4

Tales and Traditions, Volume 4

Readings in Chinese Literature Series
by Yun Xiao et al.
ISBN:
9780887276811
$22.99
Description

This fourth and final volume in the Tales and Traditions graded-reader series contains excerpts from four classical Chinese works of literature for advanced-level learners. Each chapter includes an introduction the story, the excerpt in simplified and traditional characters on facing pages, and discussion questions and vocabulary lists.

A great supplement or study material for high school students who take advanced Chinese class and/or plan to take the AP* Chinese exam. College students and heritage learners will find this volume an enjoyable addition to their studies!

*Advanced Placement and AP are registered trademarks of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.

Specs

Publisher: 
Cheng & Tsui
Publication Date: 
2010
Trim Size: 
6 x 9
Format: 
Paperback
Illustrations: 
B/W Illustrations
Table of Contents

Preface

vi

Teaching Note

x

Abbreviations of Parts of Speech

xi

   

I.  The Story of Ah Q-Abridged Selections (Lu Xun, 1881-1936)

1

The Story of Ah Q-Part 1

3

The Story of Ah Q-Part 2

13

The Story of Ah Q-Part 3

27

II. Excerpts from Flowers in the Mirror (Li Ruzhen, 1763-1830)

61

Overseas Travels-Part 1

63

Overseas Travels-Part 2

73

Overseas Travels-Part 3

87

III. Excerpts from Journey to the West (Wu Cheng’en, 1501-1582)

95

The Story of the Monkey King-Part 1

99

The Story of the Monkey King-Part 2

107

The Story of the Monkey King-Part 3

131

IV. Excerpts from Water Margin (Shi Nai’an, 1296-1372)

143

Water Margin-Part 1

147

Water Margin-Part 2

161

Water Margin-Part 3

189

   

Vocabulary Index

211

About the Series

Each of the four volumes of Tales and Traditions was written using language appropriate for learners at different levels of Chinese proficiency: from advanced-beginning in Volume 1 through advanced in Volume 4. The first volume for beginning learners contains fables and literary quotations, sayings from classical philosophers, and myths and legends. Volume 2, for intermediate learners, contains love stories, fantasies, folk stories, and more fables and literary quotations. Volumes 3 and 4 present more challenging stories for upper-intermediate and advanced level students.  With this series students will be well on their way to becoming avid, lifelong readers in Chinese.

Just as children gain literacy in their native language by reading, learners of a foreign language must read large amounts of level-appropriate books and material to attain fluency in their target language. Tales and Traditions was specially created to help learners of Chinese achieve that goal, by collecting adaptations and selections from the most well-known works in the Chinese literary and folk canon in a series of convenient supplementary readers.

Perfect for class instruction or pleasure reading outside of class, Tales and Traditions exposes students to a wealth of information essential for the development of cultural fluency in Chinese. This series of graded readings will be especially welcomed because the Advanced Placement* exam and other standardized tests of Chinese require knowledge of China’s literary, cultural, and historical traditions. 

Each reading appears in simplified and traditional characters (on facing pages), followed by a vocabulary list and questions for discussion in both Chinese and English.  English abstracts are provided in an appendix, to assist student comprehension.  Volume 1 also contains an appendix of the texts in simplified characters with pinyin for readers still learning Chinese pronunciation. A similar appendix of the texts with pinyin is available online for Volume 2.

 

*Advanced Placement and AP are registered trademarks of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.