Chinese Moral Tales
This series comprises four volumes:
(1) Chinese Moral Tales
(2) Chinese Customs and Traditions
(3)&4) Stories from Chinese History
These materials can be used either as outside reading, offering the student an opportunity for self-enrichment, or can be employed in the classroom as supplementary readers.
The vocabulary chosen for this volume assumes familiarity with the “One Thousand Most Frequently Used Characters” from the Chinese Language Press Institute’s List of Three Thousand Characters Commonly Used in Newspapers. Each of the four volumes employs an additional vocabulary of approximately 400 words, which is drawn, with the exception of a few characters necessary to the telling of the stories.
Pronunciation for characters is given in both Chinese Phonetic Symbols and the Yale system of Romanization, while grammatical designations follow the system used in the Dictionary of Spoken Chinese published by Yale University. Four sections follow each text: a list of vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, sentence patterns and exercises. Characters new to a particular lesson are marked with an asterisk in the list of vocabulary.