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Reading Into a New China, Volume 1

Reading Into a New China, Volume 1

Deciphering a Changing Society
2nd Edition
by Duanduan Li, Irene Liu
ISBN:
9781622911257
Description

Reading Into a New China is a best-selling, innovative course designed to build advanced level reading and writing proficiency using essays on China’s rapidly changing sociocultural landscape. In the ten chapters in Volume 1, students explore complex issues like China’s population boom, the challenges of finding love, and the employment prospects of Chinese college graduates. The series’ pedagogy emphasizes reading comprehension strategies and language acquisition techniques, teaching learners to skim texts for main ideas, scan for details, and identify different types of prose. The series also explains the nuances of formal written Chinese and encourages users to implement newly learned literary forms in their writing.

Word usage, sentence patterns, and grammar activities are scaffolded for writing skills development, and communicative exercises such as discussion and presentation topics encourage speaking and writing about complex social issues in contemporary China. Visually striking, full-color magazine-style spreads enhance up-to-date content with photographs and infographics.

Specs

Publisher: 
Cheng & Tsui
Publication Date: 
2016
Table of Contents

Preface to the 2nd Edition

Preface to the 1st Edition (Abridged)

Introduction to the Basics of Written Chinese

Abbreviations

Audio Information

第一课:人口大爆炸

第二课:中国第13亿小公民

第三课:住房

第四课:教育

第五课:一个初三毕业生的星期天

第六课:大学生就业全新变化

第七课:大学生与快餐中转站

第八课:恋爱婚姻

第九课:一则征婚启事与应征者

第十课:家庭妇女

Vocabulary Index

About the Series

"The breathtaking pace of change in China is reflected in this substantial revision. There are more opportunities to apply nuanced analytical and communication strategies across an array of readings." - Prof. Duanduan Li

Reading Into a New China is a best-selling, innovative course designed to build advanced level reading and writing proficiency using essays on China’s rapidly changing sociocultural landscape. Students explore complex issues like China’s population boom, the challenges of finding love, financial hurdles, and environmental issues. The series’ pedagogy emphasizes reading comprehension strategies and language acquisition techniques, teaching learners to skim texts for main ideas, scan for details, and identify different types of prose. The series also explains the nuances of formal written Chinese and encourages users to implement newly learned literary forms in their writing.

Word usage, sentence patterns, and grammar activities are scaffolded for writing skills development, and communicative exercises such as discussion and presentation topics encourage speaking and writing about complex social issues in contemporary China. Visually striking, full-color magazine-style spreads enhance up-to-date content with photographs and infographics.

About the Author(s)

Dr. Duanduan Li is Associate Professor of Chinese Applied Linguistics at the University of British Columbia. She is the former Director of the Chinese Language Programs in the Department of Asian Studies at UBC, Vancouver (2003-2012), and in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University, New York (2002-2003).

Dr. Irene Liu was Director of the Chinese Language Program in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University, New York, for ten years.