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China's Development and Dilemmas - Authentic Readings for Advanced Learners is a collection of articles for advanced reading written by public figures of the Chinese world such as the journalist Chai Jing, the political scientist Zhen Yongnian and the philosopher and essayist Hu Shih.
To name but a few, the book starts with a series of articles on China's environmental problems. Three of them are written by Chai Jing and are about her controversial documentary Under the Dome (穹顶之下).
Apart from reading, the book provides several activities meant to enhance the student's communication skills in complex topics and encourage critical thinking.
These are some of the sections:
- About the author
- Questions prior to reading
- Vocabulary in English and Pinyin, including the grammar function of each word.
- Explanations of grammar structure
- Vocabulary exercises
- Topics to discuss
- Copy an example and create: activities to copy the style of an author and create your own speeches
- Doing research and writing a report
- Extensive lecture
At the end of the book, there is a vocabulary glossary and a grammar dictionary as well as a web page with additional resources (http://cdd.chengtsui.co).
Description by the publisher:
A pioneering textbook for advanced learners, China’s Development and Dilemmas brings together essential authentic writings by leading Chinese intellectuals on important issues in contemporary China. A wide range of thought-provoking topics invites students to take different points of view and engage in discussion and debate. Highly effective activities to enhance students’ communicative and critical thinking skills round out the volume. Topics are addressed discretely, giving teachers flexibility on which reading to introduce when. Most importantly, this work enables students to achieve professional functionality.
A rich companion website at cdd.chengtsui.co provides supporting audio, video, study guides, and teaching tips, empowering students and teachers to make the most of the materials.
China’s Development and Dilemmas Table of Contents
Unit 1: Environmental Problems -环境问题
第一课 - 改革开放的新声与新生 by 周质平
第二课 - 《穹顶之下》：孩子的天空 by 柴静
第三课 - 《穹顶之下》：留住蓝天 by 柴静
第四课 - 《穹顶之下》：责任与行动 by 柴静
Unit 2: Reform and Development -改革与发展
第五课 - 停止计划生育政策的紧急呼吁 by 茅于轼, 穆光宗, 易富贤, and 梁建章
第六课 - 网络时代的中国政治变革 by 郑永年
第七课 - 中国如何改革成为清廉国家 by 郑永年
第八课 - 三十年来中美关系的变与不变 by 王缉思
Unit 3: Culture and Identity -文化与认同
第九课 - 汉字是无辜的 by 周质平
第十课 - 美国华侨与中国文化 by 余英时
第十一课 - 台湾的认同与定位 by 余英时
Unit 4: Democracy Issues -民主问题
第十二课 - 民主是个好东西 by 俞可平
第十三课 - 眼前世界文化的趋向 by 胡适
第十四课 - 我们必须选择我们的方向 by 胡适