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1st Edition

Action! China
A Field Guide to Using Chinese in the Community

ISBN 9781138098121
Published October 17, 2017 by Routledge
194 Pages

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Book Description

Winner of the Chinese Language Teachers Association’s 2014 Cengage Learning Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Chinese Award.

Action! China is a practical guide for intermediate to advanced students of Chinese wanting to maximize their study abroad experience and enhance their language skills.

This handy guide contains over 90 Field Performance tasks which prompt real-life interactions with native speakers. By carrying out these real-life tasks students refine and solidify existing communication skills and gain a fuller understanding of and participation in the target culture.

The guide also provides over 60 Performance Watch tasks which help students understand how native speakers accomplish communicative goals through guided observation and analysis of naturally occurring interactions.

Action! China helps students understand and participate socially in Chinese, guiding them through skill-getting and skill-using processes and enabling them to form meaningful connections with Chinese people in the community.

Table of Contents

Topic 1 Getting Settled

Task 1.1 Getting Acquainted with a Language Partner

Task 1.2 Establishing Cell Phone Service

Task 1.3 Exploring the Local Neighborhood

Performance Watch 1

Topic 2 Eating

Task 2.1 Exploring the Campus Cafeteria

Task 2.2 Learning about Chinese Food

Task 2.3 Exploring Local Restaurants

Performance Watch 2

Topic 3 Taking Transportation

Task 3.1 Taking a Bus

Task 3.2 Taking the Subway

Task 3.3 Taking a Taxi

Performance Watch 3

Topic 4 Shopping

Task 4.1 Exploring Retail Stores

Task 4.2 Shopping for Clothes

Task 4.3 Interacting with Street Vendors

Performance Watch 4

Topic 5 Exploring Campus Culture

Task 5.1 Understanding Teacher-Student Relations

Task 5.2 Apologizing and Repairing Relationships

Task 5.3 Exploring Student Organizations

Performance Watch 5

Topic 6 Socializing

Task 6.1 Getting Together with Friends

Task 6.2 Being a Good Guest

Task 6.3 Being a Good Host

Performance Watch 6

Topic 7 Solving Problems

Task 7.1 Reporting and Recovering Lost Items

Task 7.2 Communicating by Phone

Task 7.3 Discussing Problems

Performance Watch 7

Topic 8 Protecting Health

Task 8.1 Exercising

Task 8.2 Taking Medicine

Task 8.3 Going to the Hospital

Performance Watch 8

Topic 9 Volunteering in the Community

Task 9.1 Introducing Yourself Formally

Task 9.2 Comparing Volunteer Experience

Task 9.3 Organizing Volunteer Activities

Performance Watch 9

Topic 10 Participating in Formal Events

Task 10.1 Understanding Dress Codes

Task 10.2 Learning Banquet Etiquette

Task 10.3 Making a Toast

Performance Watch 10

Topic 11 Planning a Trip

Task 11 Planning a Trip (Group Project)

Performance Watch 11

Topic 12 Talking about the City

Task 12.1 What People Love about a City (Group Project)

Task 12.2 Creating Promotional Materials (Group Project)

Performance Watch 12

Topic 13 Preparing Presentations

Task 13.1 Conducting an Interview

Task 13.2 Giving an Oral Presentation

Task 13.3 Improving Q&A Skills

Performance Watch 13

Topic 14 Taking Leave

Task 14.1 Preparing a Farewell Gift

Task 14.2 Preparing a Farewell Speech

Task 14.3 Saying Farewell upon Departure

Performance Watch 14

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Donglin Chai has been teaching Chinese as a foreign language since 2006 and is currently a visiting affiliate assistant professor of Chinese at Loyola University Maryland, USA. She has directed intensive Chinese study abroad programs for the US Department of State Critical Language Scholarship program and The Ohio State University.

Crista Cornelius is Director of the Xijin Chinese Language Program at Shaanxi Normal University in Xi’an, China, a new program integrating short-term Chinese study abroad with teacher training for novice Chinese language teachers.

Bing Mu is currently a PhD candidate in Chinese Language Pedagogy at The Ohio State University, USA. She has taught Chinese language courses of all levels in both regular academic and summer intensive programs at The Ohio State University. She has also served as a mentor for advanced American learners of Chinese in The Ohio State University’s Chinese Flagship Program in Qingdao, China.