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Lens on China

Intermediate and Advanced Readings on Film for Learning Chinese

Distributed for Hong Kong University Press

Lens on China

Intermediate and Advanced Readings on Film for Learning Chinese

Lens on China: Intermediate and Advanced Readings on Film for Learning Chinese is an innovative textbook that uses film to teach Mandarin Chinese. It not only provides students with a non-traditional way to learn Chinese by combining visual and textual materials, but also creates real, sociocultural and linguistic situations where students can use their acquired skills. Each lesson of the textbook focuses on one film in a highly engaging and effective way of learning. Each chapter comes with a comprehensive vocabulary list, detailed grammar explanations, and exercises in various formats. Such a design ensures a balance between basic language training in vocabulary and grammatical structure, and more advanced goals in interactive communication and in-depth reflection. Ten films are chosen to help the student achieve sociocultural knowledge that will deepen their understanding of contemporary China. Half of the films selected are light-hearted works on youth, love, and aspirations, with discussions revolving around topics such as relationships, immigration, elderly care, education, and social justice. The other half tackles more complex issues pertinent to the impact of China’s economic and political reforms, as well as its fast-changing social and cultural landscape. Lens on China will become a treasured language resource to those who want to master Mandarin Chinese.

176 pages | 10 b&w illus. & 3 tables | 7 x 10


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