1st Edition

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

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ISBN 9780367652142
January 3, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
175 Pages

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Book Description

社会视角 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 I explore five topics: Gender equality, E-commerce, Internet culture, Food and health, and Environmental protection. 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 audio recordings, dictation exercises 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 性别平等

Chapter Ⅰ Gender Equality

第一课     当代女性地位的转变与挑战 

Lesson 1 Changes and challenges to women’s status in

contemporary society

语言知识 Language knowledge

综合练习 Exercises

第二课     家庭分工的“未来式"

Lesson 2 The future roles of men and women within the household

语言知识 Language knowledge

综合练习 Exercises


第二章 电子商务

Chapter Ⅱ  E- Commerce

第三课     网购是否会取代实体店

Lesson 3 Will online shopping replace traditional stores?

语言知识 Language knowledge

综合练习 Exercises

第四课     移动支付

Lesson 4 Mobile payment

语言知识 Language knowledge

综合练习 Exercises



第三章 网络文化

Chapter Ⅲ   Internet Culture

第五课     宅男

Lesson 5 Otaku

语言知识 Language knowledge

综合练习 Exercises

第六课     "人肉搜索" 

Lesson 6 Doxing

语言知识 Language knowledge

综合练习 Exercises


第四章 食品与健康

Chapter Ⅳ  Food and Health  

第七课      食以"安"为先   

Lesson 7 Food safety as a top priority

语言知识 Language knowledge

综合练习 Exercises

第八课      中国的"糖税"或将到来吗?

Lesson 8 Will the ‘sugar tax’ come to China?

语言知识 Language knowledge

综合练习 Exercises


第五章 环境保护

ChapterⅤ  Environmental Protection  

第九课     垃圾分类

Lesson 9 Waste sorting

语言知识 Language knowledge

综合练习 Exercises

第十课     气候变暖 

Lesson 10 Global warming 

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

成语索引 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.

Wei Shao is a Lecturer and BA Chinese Programme Director at Cardiff University. He has been an Associate Lecturer at the Open University since 2009 and has taught in the BA Chinese programmes at the Universities of Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield, and at several British private and public secondary schools.

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.