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Early One Spring: An Intermediate Chinese Reader to Accompany the Video February

112 EarlyOneSpring
Pilwun Shih WANG and Sarah WANG
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Adapted from the movie and screenplay of the same name by director Xie Tieli, this intermediate-advanced Chinese language film guide/reader helps students make the difficult transition from the simplified and fully explicated language of the textbook to the unglossed world of Chinese print culture. The authors have expanded on the traditional film guide by embedding the transcript of the film’s dialog in a narrative. Designed especially with the growing numbers of heritage speakers in mind, this expanded screenplay format models for students a more formal, abstract level of language, with an emphasis on techniques of sustained description and narration. The screenplay format also provides added flexibility: while designed for use in conjunction with the film, the text may also stand alone as a short story reader. This screenplay, based on a May Fourth Movement short story by Rou Shi, offers an engaging introduction to modern Chinese literature, articulating many of the significant cultural issues facing China to this day. | 446 pages


  • Cast of Characters
  • Screenplay
  • Vocabulary Exercises (Chapter 1~9)
  • Fill-in-the-Blank Answer Key
  • Index

  • Pilwun Shih WANG has over thirty-five years of experience teaching Chinese language in a variety of learning environments. She retired from Cornell University in 1997.
  • Sarah WANG received a Ph.D. in early Chinese literature from the University of Michigan in 1999.

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