Mandarin Companion has published a collection of graded readings in different levels. The collection Breakthrough Level is limited to 150 characters and it is targeted to students who have been studying Chinese for a year approximately.
The key point of this series of books is to approach interesting readings with absorbing plots which allow readers into a "extensive" reading. In other words, readers must understand 98% of the words so that they can enjoy the book and at the same time the experience turns into a motivation to keep studying and they get good reading habits.
This type of readings allow students to observe vocabulary in different contexts , learn different meanings of the words, review grammatical structures etc.
Plot offered by the publishers
Two students are fascinated by outer space, but when their new teacher seems to know more about Mars than anyone could possibly know, they start to suspect that something is unusual. As they encounter inexplicable events, they become convinced their teacher is actually from Mars. How can they prove it and who will believe them? They may be the only ones who can discover the truth!The main characters of this story are:
- 谢心月(Xiè Xīnyuè) Xie Xinyue
- 马天明(Mǎ Tiānmíng) Ma Tianming
- 车老师(Chē Lǎoshī) Mr. Che
- 方老师(Fāng Lǎoshī) Ms. Fang
- 水老师(Shuǐ Lǎoshī) Mr. Shui