Chinese Biographies Second Edition Without Pinyin Annotation

These engaging biographies of Chinese cultural icons were specifically designed for students who have mastered 350-700 characters. Pinyin annotation facilitates the reading process, making Chinese character texts accessible at the earliest stages of learning. Touching on contemporary cultural issues, these biographies and their related online activities encourage students to think, speak and write in Chinese as they learn about Jeremy Lin, Yao Ming, and others. Perfect for classroom instruction or independent reading.
Chinese Biographies chronicles the lives of pop culture icons with connections to the Chinese-speaking world. Learning about world-renowned personalities from fields such as sports, music, and fashion helps engage student interest, while reading practice will boost their confidence and enjoyment of the language.

Targeted at North American high school and college language learners, this award-winning series of readers focuses on international celebrities like Jay Chou, Lang Lang, Ang Lee, Yao Ming, Jeremy Lin, and Vera Wang to maintain a cultural context relevant to American students.

The second edition offers two equally helpful versions of the text: one version in Simplified Characters (without annotations) and one version in Simplified Characters with word-by-word pinyin annotations—giving students a better understanding of how Chinese characters come together. This flexibility allows teachers and students to choose what learning style best fits the class, the student, or even the day!

These engaging biographies are designed for students who have mastered 1000-1200 vocabulary words. Each chapter is preceded and followed by comprehension questions to facilitate dialogue between teachers and students. The Chinese Biographies Companion Website includes additional exercises to improve students’ grammar and vocabulary as well as providing access to mp3 audios, class handouts, and vocabulary lists. Chinese Biographies are ideal readers for both classroom instruction and independent learning.

Online resources include:

Audio Downloads
Comprehension Exercises
Grammar Notes
English Translations
Sentence Pattern Exercises
Vocabulary Lists