FLTRP Graded Readers 5A - Panda Diplomacy (with CD)

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Reading China is a progressive, reader-friendly series of reading materials specially designed for non-native Chinese learners, which can be used in class or as extracurricular reading. The main features of Reading China are as follows: Graded-Reading Materials: Five progressive grades, each in several volumes, which are tailored for different levels of learners. Topics of China: An outlook of modern Chinese society is provided from various aspects of clothing, food, shelter and transportation, co-existence of traditional customs and modern life practices, language, culture, and economy, etc. Short and Simple Articles: Different forms of short articles written in simple and humorous language are appealing to read. Books with CD: Each volume is divided by book A and B. Each book comes with a CD and learners can read and listen to authentic Chinese at the same time.

It is common knowledge that reading is the primary input channel for adult learners of a foreign language. Extensive reading can ensure adequate language input and fast, efficient learning. Therefore, both language researchers and teachers emphasize large amount of reading in addition to classroom learning.
Reading China is a series of readers tailored to the diverse needs of learners at different levels of Chinese proficiency. The readers feature fun stories of present-day China, with introductions on Chinese history, culture and everyday life.
This series can be used as in-class or after-class reading materials because every book from the series is brief in content and has a small amount of exercises. There are altogether five levels in the series, each consisting of several volumes. Please refer to the table below for specific data:

Level    Length of Texts (words)   Vocabulary   Number of Texts    Prior Chinese Learning
1           100-150                               500                 25                   3 months (160 credit hours)
2            150-300                              1000               25                    ½ year (320 credit hours)
3            300-550                              2000               25                    1 year (640 credit hours)        
4            500-750                              3500               20                    2 years (1280 credit hours)
5            700-1200                            5000               18                    3 years (1920 credit hours)

Each book of the series includes the following modules:
1. Pre-reading – Lead-in. This part has one or two interesting warming-up questions, which function as an introduction to a new text. Teachers can develop their own class introductions on the basis of Lead-in.
2. Reading – Texts, Side Notes and Illustrations. Side Notes provide equivalents and explanations for new words and expressions to help learners better understand the text. This part also keeps the degree of difficulty of the texts within reasonable bounds so that learners can read them at a reasonable speed. Illustrations are another highlight of the series. They help learners take in at a glance the key sentences and main ideas of the texts.
3. After-reading – Language Points, Exercises and Cultural Tips. The Language Points part hammers home the meaning and usage of important words and expressions, or grammar points in one of the sentences from the text. Two follow-up example sentences, usually with words, expressions or linguistic contexts from previous texts, are given to help learners “gain new insights through review of old materials”. In Exercises, a small amount of choice questions, true or false questions and cloze tests, are designed to check learners’ comprehension of the texts without spoiling the fun of reading. In Cultural Tips, background information is provided as supplementary reading materials. (Some are related to the texts and some are just general information about Chinese culture, history and geography.)
Reading China stands out among similar readers because of the following features:
1. User-friendlyness: “Reading should be as easy as possible”, a principle consistently followed by the compilers, through strict control of the number of new words and expressions in each text, the Side Notes, the translations given in Language Points and Cultural Tips, illustrations and pictures.
2. Diversity and fun: The compilers have taken great pains in choosing interesting stories because “interest is the best teacher”. We also try to cater to foreign students’ reading preferences by analyzing their learning expectations on the basis of our teaching experience and surveys. Firstly, a wide range of topics is included to sustain the freshness of reading. The stories touch upon many aspects of Chinese life. In some cases, similarities and differences between Chinese and foreign cultures are compared and analyzed to give learners a realistic idea about contemporary China and improve their cross-cultural communication ability. Secondly, different writing genres and styles are selected, such as narrations, argumentations, letters, poems, mini-stories, etc. In this way, learners can fully appreciate the charm of the Chinese language.
3. Practicality: Many texts are closely related to foreign students’ life in China and contain practical information about studying, living, travelling and working in China.
4. Listening materials: CDs are provided for each book of the series. Integration of audio input through listening and visual input through reading will further improve learning results.

About the Author
Zhu Yong, the Chief Editor, is an Associate Professor at the School of Chinese Language and Literature, BeijingForeign Studies University. He graduated from the School of Philosophy, Beijing Normal University (Bachelor degree),the School of Chinese as a Second Language, Peking University (Master’s degree), and the Department of Literature,Kansai University, Japan (Doctor’s degree). He was a guest lecturer at the Nagoya University of Foreign Studies, Japan,and the Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Rome, Italy, and visited the University of Iowafor one year. His main achievements lie in teacher development and case studies, reading and text grading studies,and intercultural communication, etc.
Table of Contents
1 互相不明白
2 救救北京四合院
3 你适合做哪种工作
4 “80后”房奴
5 做好事不留名
6 动物知多少
7 月亮月亮
8 相亲大会
9 熊猫外交
10 爱的力量
11 友谊第一比赛第二
12 人鱼公主
13 阳光计划
14 跳水女皇伏明霞
15 金猪宝宝
16 生物钟
17 感恩的心
18 最美
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Sample pages of FLTRP Graded Readers 5A - Panda Diplomacy (with CD) (ISBN:7560091598,9787560091594)

Sample pages of FLTRP Graded Readers 5A - Panda Diplomacy (with CD) (ISBN:7560091598,9787560091594)
大 部分“80后”的年轻人如今都已经到了结婚的年龄,在中国人的传统观念里,“安居乐业,,。十分重要,如果没有房子,很多人都会觉得没有安全感、不稳定。 所以,在新婚时住上一套属于自己的房子,差不多是每个年轻人的梦想。同时,人们还存在这样一种消费心理:同学、同事家的房子都比自己的房子大,地段都比自 己的好,就会觉得没面子。这种来自旁人和社会的压力虽然看不到、摸不着,却是十分巨大的。很多人正是在这种社会性消费习惯与消费心理的作用下,不知不觉地 成为了“房子的奴隶”,无奈地选择了一种被称为“房奴”的生活:第一,为了买房子,向银行贷款几十万;第二,用每个月工资的30%到50%来还贷款,还款 时间少则10年,多则30年;第三,因为每个月要还贷款,自己必须有稳定的收入,所以不敢换工作,更怕失去工作。因此,已经有人开玩笑说,中国最大的老板 就是银行,大家都是在给银行打工。

It is common knowledge that reading is the primary input channel for adult learnersof a foreign language. Extensive reading can ensure adequate language input and fast,efficient learning. Therefore, both language researchers and teachers emphasize largeamounts of reading in addition to classroom learning.Regrettably, well designed and appropriately graded reading materials for second-language learners are hard to come by. Aware of the shortage, the Foreign LanguageTeaching and Research Press initiated in 2007 the compilation of Reading China, aseries of readers tailored to the diverse needs of learners at different levels of Chineseproficiency. The readers feature fun stories of present-day China, with introductions onChinese history, culture and everyday life.
FLTRP Graded Readers 5A - Panda Diplomacy (with CD)