Developing Writing Skills in Chinese
By Boping Yuan, Kan Qian
Published March 6th 2003 by Routledge – 216 pages
Series: Developing Writing Skills
Developing Writing Skills in Chinese has been devised for post-intermediate students who need to write Chinese in the course of their life, work or study.
Suitable for classroom or self-study use, each unit contains a selection of model texts, followed by clear notes in English on the format, style, grammar or special phrases demonstrated. A variety of exercises allow students to practise these writing techniques themselves.
Functionally based, with each unit focussing on a particular form of writing, from New Year's cards to business correspondence, key features include:
* glossaries for each chapter, giving Chinese characters, pinyin and English translation
* answer key
* flexible structure
* variety of model texts.
Written by experienced teachers and thoroughly trialled with non-native learners of Chinese, Developing Writing Skills in Chinese will help students to write coherently, clearly and appropriately in a variety of contexts.
'When I taught a composition class to third-year students of Chinese a couple of years ago … I could not find any textbook in English on teaching writing to learners of Chinese in the West. Here, at last, is such a textbook … The carefully constructed samples not only illustrate how the Chinese language is used in writing, but also reflect developments in China.' - Times Higher Education Supplement
'Developing Writing Skills in Chinese covers a wide range of styles from greeting cards to business correspondence, which is helpful for both teacher and learner.' - Song Lianyi, Times Higher Education Supplement
1. Cards 2. Notes 3. Personal Letters 4. Announcements, Small Ads and Others 5. Formal Letters 6. Reporting Speech 7. Exemplification, Reformulation and Summary 8. Comparison and Contrast, Simile and Metaphor 9. Procedure, Process and Development 10. Descriptions of People's Physical Attributes 11. Descriptions of People's Emotional Attributes 12. Description of People's Disposition and Moral Attributes 13. Description of People's Movements and Actions 14. Description of Places and the Weather 15. Business Correspondence
Boping Yuan is Lecturer in Chinese Studies and Kan Qian is Senior Language Teaching Officer in Chinese Studies at the University of Cambridge