1st Edition

社会视角 Social Perspective An Intermediate-Advanced Chinese Course: Volume II

    232 Pages
    by Routledge

    232 Pages
    by Routledge

    Social Perspective is a course set over one academic year for intermediate learners of Chinese. In two volumes, it focuses on developing learners’ language competency to a high advanced plus/advanced level (ACTFL/CEFR B2-C1) through exploring social issues in contemporary China.

    The textbook draws upon the discussion of a wide range of current social issues in China to provide students with a real-life background to increase their debating and written skills. Volume II explores six topics: demographic issues, ‘love’ and ‘sex’, technology, medical care, the economy and education. The textbook is written in fluent, accurate and high-quality Chinese language which is conveniently broken down to highlight all the important language elements (expressions, vocabulary, phrases and grammar). This course will equip students with language production capability at an advanced level and prepare students for the transition from academic study to employment.

    Each lesson includes a wide range of language drills and exercises designed to quickly improve learners’ oral expression and conceptual understanding through group discussions, essays, presentations, bidirectional translation and critical reflection. Online resources such as lesson text audio, videos, independent learning resources and supplementary reading material are also included at [URL].

    Written by a team of highly experienced teachers, Social Perspective is the ideal course to progress intermediate students to an advanced level. Academics and researchers with an interest in Chinese contemporary social issues will also find this a useful tool for further language study.

    前言 Preface

    词类缩略 Lexical category abbreviations


    第一章 人口问题

    Chapter I Demographic Issues

    第一课 如何面对人口老龄化

    Lesson 1 Dealing with an Aging Population

    第二课 为什么当代年轻人不愿结婚生子?

    Lesson 2 Why does the Younger Generation not Want to Get Married

    and Have Children?


    第二章 “爱”与“性”

    Chapter II  ‘Love’ and ‘Sex’

    第三课 性交易是否应该合法化

    Lesson 3 Should the Sex Trade be Legalised?

    第四课 同性恋在中国

    Lesson 4 Homosexuality in China


    第三章 科技

    Chapter III   Technology

    第五课 AI ?? 是喜还是忧?

    Lesson 5 Artificial Intelligence – Blessing or Curse?

    第六课 智能手机市场??谁主沉浮?

    Lesson 6 The Smartphone Market – Who Will Win and Who Will Lose?

    第四章 医疗

    Chapter IV  Medical Care 

    第七课 看病难,看病贵 

    Lesson 7 Barriers to Medical Care

    第八课 医患关系

    Lesson 8 The Doctor–Patient Relationship


    第五章 经济

    Chapter V  The Economy

    第九课 中国的贫富差距 

    Lesson 9 China’s Poverty Gap

    第十课 "老干妈”??一个家喻户晓的民营企业

    Lesson 10 'Laoganma'- A Well-Known Private Enterprise


    第六章 教育

    Chapter VI  Education

    第十一课 上北大,学考古

    Lesson 11 Zhong Fangrong's University Dream




    词汇索引 Pinyin-English Vocabulary

    句型索引 Speech Patterns

    近义词索引 Synonym Discrimination

    词汇搭配索引Lexical Collocation

    成语惯用语索引 Idioms




    Yi Ning is Associate Professor and has nearly 30 years of teaching experience in Chinese language at the University of Leeds. She was in charge of Chinese teaching in East Asian Studies for more than 15 years until her retirement in 2017.

    Jing Fang has an MSc in Linguistics from the University of Edinburgh. She is a Lecturer in Chinese with 31 years’ experience teaching Chinese literature and language. Since 2000 she has been teaching at the University of Oxford. Before that, she taught for ten years at the University of Edinburgh. 

    Wei Shao is a Lecturer and the BA Chinese Programme Director at Cardiff University. He has taught in the BA Chinese programmes at the Universities of Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield as well as the Open University. Wei has an MA in Teaching Chinese as Foreign Language from the University of Sheffield.

    Zhengrong Yang is a qualified Lecturer of Chinese Language and Culture with nine years’ experience and is currently a Tutor of Chinese Language and Culture at the University of Leeds.

    Esther Tyldesley has a BA in Chinese Studies from the University of Cambridge and an MA in Applied Translation Studies (Chinese) from the University of Leeds. She is a Teaching Fellow in Chinese and Translation at the University of Edinburgh.