Go Far with Chinese Level 1A Textbook

Go Far with Chinese Level 1A Textbook

1st Edition
Developed by the Cheng & Tsui Curriculum Development Team

Designed for secondary school students with no prior knowledge of Chinese, Go Far with Chinese Level 1A 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 1A, students follow Isabella and Martin Lopez, two American teenagers whose mother receives a work assignment overseas, as they begin learning Chinese, move to China, and explore their new neighborhood 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 1A covers topics that are both relevant and interesting to teenage language learners, such as family, pets, sports, and music. A special introductory lesson guides students through the basics of Mandarin pronunciation, the Chinese writing system, and basic word order. 

Level 1A is the first volume in the split edition of Level 1. Levels 1A and 1B teach the same content as Level 1 and are intended to be used for two years at the middle school level or in programs with limited instructional hours. Level 1A introduces approximately 180 new words. 


Cheng & Tsui
Trim Size: 
8.5" x 11"
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
About the Series

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Level 1A

  • Print: Available Now
  • Web App: Available Now

Level 1B

  • Print: Available Now
  • Web App: January 2021

Level 1

  • Print: Available Now
  • Web App: January 2021

Level 2

  • Print: March 2021
  • Web App: TBD

Level 3

  • Print: August 2021
  • Web App: TBD

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)

Go Far with Chinese was developed by the curriculum development team at Cheng & Tsui with contributions from expert middle school and high school teachers from across the country, including Senior Curriculum Adviser Ying Jin and Lead Instructional Contributors Cilei Han, Zoey Liu, Diane Neubauer, and Erica Pollard.