1st Edition

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

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ISBN 9780367652173
November 29, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
214 Pages

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Book Description

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 explore 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.

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.

Table of Contents


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

语言知识 Language Knowledge

综合练习 Exercises

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?

语言知识 Language Knowledge

综合练习 Exercises


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?

语言知识 Language Knowledge

综合练习 Exercises

第四课     同性恋在中国

Lesson 4 Homosexuality in China

语言知识 Language Knowledge

综合练习 Exercises




第三章 科技

Chapter Ⅲ   Technology

第五课     AI ?? 是喜还是忧?

Lesson 5 Artificial Intelligence – Blessing or Curse?

语言知识 Language Knowledge

综合练习 Exercises

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?

语言知识 Language Knowledge

综合练习 Exercises


第四章 医疗

Chapter Ⅳ  Medical Care 

第七课      看病难,看病贵 

Lesson 7 Barriers to Medical Care

语言知识 Language Knowledge

综合练习 Exercises

第八课      医患关系

Lesson 8 The Doctor-Patient Relationship

语言知识 Language Knowledge

综合练习 Exercises


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

语言知识 Language Knowledge

综合练习 Exercises

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

语言知识 Language Knowledge

综合练习 Exercises







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

语言知识 Language Knowledge

综合练习 Exercises




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



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Yi Ning is an 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, Sheffield as well as The Open University. Wei has a MA in Teaching Chinese as Foreign Language from The University of Sheffield.

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