Tales and Traditions 2nd Edition

Readings in Chinese Literature Series
2nd Edition
by Yun Xiao, Ying Wang, Hui Xiao, Wenjie Liu
by Jijun Yu
by Chunching Chang

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.


New to the 2nd Edition:

  • Simplified and traditional characters on facing pages
  • Multiple-choice reading comprehension questions tailored to the AP® Chinese Language and Culture Exam
  • Extended discussion questions that help fulfill the Culture and Comparison aspects of the ACTFL World-Readiness Standards (5Cs)
  • Additional background information about important historical figures