Go Far with Chinese Level 1 Textbook

Go Far with Chinese Level 1 Textbook

1st Edition
by Ying Jin et al.

Designed for secondary school students with no prior knowledge of Chinese, Go Far with Chinese Level 1 uses a proficiency-based approach to give learners a solid foundation in all four language skills. The series' emphasis on authentic communicative tasks and activities helps ensure students build the confidence to use their budding language skills and newly acquired cultural knowledge of China in the real world. 

In Go Far with Chinese Level 1, students follow Isabella and Martin Lopez, two American teenagers, as they learn Chinese and adapt to life in Beijing. Each Chapter brings a new episode in the lives of the Lopezes in the form of an entertaining comic story that combines the Chapter vocabulary and grammar in a novel way. Level 1 covers topics that are both relevant and interesting to teenage language learners, such as family, pets, sports, and music. 

Level 1 is intended to be used for one year at the high school level. For middle school programs or programs with limited instructional hours, Level 1 is also available as a split edition (Levels 1A & 1B). Level 1 introduces approximately 300 new words.


Cheng & Tsui
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Table of Contents

Unit 1: First Impressions

  • Chapter 1: Getting to Know Chinese
  • Chapter 2: What's in a Name?
  • Chapter 3: Tell Me About Yourself

Unit 2: Exploring a New Place

  • Chapter 4: Goodbye America, Hello China!
  • Chapter 5: Sports in the Neighborhood
  • Chapter 6: Appreciating New Sounds

Unit 3: Celebrating Special Occasions

  • Chapter 7: Do You Have Plans?
  • Chapter 8: Shopping for the Perfect Gift
  • Chapter 9: A Birthday Dinner

Unit 4: School Life

  • Chapter 10: Too Many Classes!
  • Chapter 11: How’s It Going?
  • Chapter 12: Taking Care of Yourself

Unit 5: A Balanced Schedule

  • Chapter 13: Looking for Support
  • Chapter 14: Making Progress
  • Chapter 15: School and Activities
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Go Far with Chinese is a comprehensive, proficiency-based Chinese language program for middle school and high school students. The series provides age-appropriate content to meet the specific needs and interests of teenage language learners, while building articulation to college-level programs, including our internationally acclaimed Integrated Chinese series. 

Students follow Martin and Isabella Lopez, two American teenagers whose mother receives a work assignment in Beijing. Each chapter brings a new episode in the lives of the Lopezes, allowing students to experience the excitement and challenges of adapting to life in China. 

Thoughtful vocabulary control and contextual grammar instruction help students achieve intermediate-low level proficiency in Chinese. Engaging cultural features jam-packed with up-to-date information about the lives of young Chinese people also help students connect to and apply the content. The series' robust teacher resources, developed in collaboration with a team of experienced educators, make it easy to create an effective, enjoyable, and flexible learning experience. 

About the Author(s)

Senior Curriculum Adviser

Ying Jin is a Chinese teacher in the Fremont Union High School District in California. She has more than 20 years of experience in Chinese instruction and is active in the teaching community through STARTALK, CLASS, California Language Teachers' Association, and more. In 2018, ACTFL named her the National Language Teacher of the Year, the first Chinese language teacher to receive this honor. She is passionate about promoting greater understanding of Chinese language and culture.

Lead Instructional Contributors

Chunmei Guan is a Chinese instructor at Logansport Community School Corporation in Indiana. She was named Chinese Teacher of the Year and earned the Outstanding Contribution award by the Indiana Chinese Language Teachers Assocation in 2016. She serves as the 2nd Vice-President of the Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Assocation and as an associate member of the National Council of State Supervisors for Languages. She is also a member of CLASS, CLTA-US, ACTFL, and ASSCE. She is dedicated to promoting cross-cultural and global awareness as an educator in the field of world language instruction.

Cilei Han is a teacher of Chinese language at Lake Oswego and Lakeridge High Schools in Oregon as well as a Challenge Program Instructor at Portland State University. She serves as a board member of the CLTA-US, as a chair of the CLTA K-12 Working Group, and as president of her regional Chinese Language Teachers Association-Oregon. She is dedicated to assisting in the development of stronger K-12 Chinese programs nationwide.

Zoey Liu teaches Chinese in the Fremont Union High School District in California. In 2017, she received the Yao Memorial Award for Outstanding New Teacher from CLASS. She is committed to helping students grow as global citizens by deepening their knowledge of Chinese language and culture.

Diane Neubauer, currently a PhD student in Foreign Language and ESL Education at the University of Iowa, has more than a decade of experience teaching Chinese at both elementary and secondary schools. She frequently conducts professional development workshops for language teachers and works to support and develop the community of Chinese teachers through her role as vice-chair of the ACTFL Comprehension-based Communicative Language Teaching Special Interest Group. She also regularly blogs about ideas and strategies for teaching Chinese.

Erica Pollard is the foreign language department director and an AP® Chinese instructor at Hingham Public Schools in Massachusetts. She has extensive experience in curriculum design and has developed curricula for Chinese language courses from beginner to AP® levels. She also shares her teaching insights and knowledge through her work on the College Board's AP® Chinese Language and Culture Development Committee.