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.