1st Edition

Chinese for Working Professionals A Textbook for Intermediate-High to Advanced Learners

By Yi Zhou, Haidan Wang Copyright 2020
    166 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    166 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Chinese for Working Professionals is for learners who intend to use Chinese in a multinational global workplace. It has eight thematic units focusing on developing learners’ transferrable skills in addition to expanding the cross-cultural competences required in a real-world work-place.

    Key features:

    • Topical themes expose the ongoing changes in China for working professionals such as career preparation, economic development, business etiquette, the working environment, and overall lifestyle.
    • Authentic reading materials and live videos on a companion website (www.routledge.com/cw/zhou) to incorporate understandings of the norm and expectations of the workplace and society at large, and also prepare learners for a quick transition from classroom to targeted scenarios.
    • Abundant simulated real-life collaborative tasks, case studies, and projects enhance learners’ problem-solving skills in Chinese, in addition to work strategies in different scenarios such as communication for work and leisure, and teamwork projects necessary and crucial for professions in multilingual and cross-cultural global settings.

    This textbook is a key resource for learners of Chinese at an ACTFL Intermediate-High proficiency level and above, or CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Language) B1.2 to B2.1 level in terms of language control, extensive and applicable vocabulary and expressions, communication strategies, as well as cultural awareness.

    Unit 1: 第一单元 入职准备 Career Preparation | Unit 2: 第二单元 应对变化 Confronting Changes | Unit 3: 第三单元 共享经济 Sharing Economy | Unit 4: 第四单元 入乡随俗 Being Local | Unit 5: 第五单元 有效沟通 Cross-Cultural Communication | Unit 6: 第六单元 职场冲突Conflict at Work | Unit 7: 第七单元 文化差异 Resolving Cultural Differences | Unit 8: 第八单元 绿色生活 Green Life | Chinese-English Glossary


    Yi Zhou is Teaching Professor and Chinese language coordinator of Chinese in the Department of Asian Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been teaching Business Chinese to undergraduates and MBAs for over ten years. She published the Working Mandarin textbook with Lynne Gerber by Georgetown University Press in July 2007.

    Haidan Wang is Associate Professor of Chinese at the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She played a leading role in the design and development of the course series Chinese for Business Professionals since 2006, and was twice awarded the Business Language Research and Teaching grant by the United States’ Department of Education Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBERs). She has published journal articles and book chapters about business Chinese needs analysis, curriculum design, technology-assistant instruction, as well as program development.

     "Chinese for Working Professionals is aimed at advanced learners of Chinese who aim to live and work in China. Utilizing authentic materials as the main texts to develop learners’ language skills at various levels, this book promotes  cross-cultural communication in the work context in China. Each lesson has both video and reading texts with an abundance of language-focused exercises and meaning-focused activities developed surrounding the main texts, which can provide teachers with flexibilities in use. The textbook is thoughtfully structured and easy to follow, which, plus on-line tools, will greatly help Instructors when preparing lesson plans and conducting teaching… I recommend this textbook to the programs whose students or trainees plan to work in China."

    Fangyuan Yuan, Professor of Chinese, Languages and Cultures Department, US Naval Academy, USA.