Go Far with Chinese Level 1A Textbook

Go Far with Chinese Level 1A Textbook

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

Now Available!

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. 

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. The Level 1A Textbook audio resources can be downloaded here.


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


Level 1A

  • Print: Available Now
  • Web App: August 2020

Level 1B

  • Print: July 2020
  • Web App: January 2021

Level 1

  • Print: August 2020
  • Web App: January 2021

Level 2

  • Print: March 2021
  • Web App: TBD

Level 3

  • Print: August 2021
  • Web App: TBD

For an in-depth look at the series, download a free copy of the Go Far with Chinese sampler here!

Go Far with Chinese is an innovative, proficiency-based Chinese language program for middle school and high school students. Created to fill a gap in existing Chinese language learning materials, the three-level series was created with the specific needs and interests of teenage language learners in mind, while providing the articulation to college-level programs that teachers seek.

Students follow Isabella and Martin 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. Engaging cultural features jam-packed with up-to-date information help students connect with the lives of young people in China.

Go Far with Chinese is designed to articulate with the internationally acclaimed Integrated Chinese series, while offering pacing and content tailored to the secondary school level. Emphasis is given to careful vocabulary control and contextual grammar instruction, and the series’ robust support for teachers helps them create an effective, enjoyable, and flexible learning experience for students.

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.