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Working with Spoken Chinese is designed for intermediate to advanced learners (ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines) who want to improve their speaking and listening skills in conversational Chinese. It consists of ten units, which highlight important interactive aspects of the language and provide provide activities and exercises on the grammar of spoken language, the lexicon, and critical features of spoken discourse.
Each unit is accompanied by detailed transcripts, line-by-line commentaries, vocabulary lists, concordances and an audio clip, which are available for free on the companion website to the book.
Unit 1: Travel Adventures 旅行奇遇 - Story Telling, Elements of a Story (Who, When, Where, etc.), Addressee Behaviors in Story Sessions
Unit 2: Fashion Fever 流行装 - Comments on Fashion Styles, Expressing Agreement/Disagreement, Approval/Disapproval, Support Arguments with Examples
Unit 3: Global Citizen 地球公民 - Discussing Attitude toward International Experience, Contrasting Information, Elaborating Information, Supporting Ideas with Examples
Unit 4: Who Wants to be a Millionaire 百万富翁 - Talk about a TV Game Show, Compare Similar and Unlike Things, Degrees and Qualities, Qualifying an Opinion, Vague Expressions
Unit 5: Insurance Abuse 滥用医疗保险 - Commenting on Insurance-Related Social Phenomena, Making Negative Statements, Vague References and Negative Events, Demonstratives and Degree Expressions
Unit 6: Las Vegas 拉斯韦加斯 - Reflecting on a Tourist Destination, Admiration of Places, Contrasting Features of Places, Expressions for Praising, Listener Behavior in Praising
Unit 7: Tough Job Market 就业问题 - Discussing Job Opportunities, Presenting Multiple Reasons/Perspectives, Expressing Past, Present, and Future Temporal Frames of Events
Unit 8: People and Personalities 表情与性格 - Commenting on People's Appearances and Qualities, Opinions with Different Degrees of Certainty, Personal Interest, Emotional State, Listener Reactions to Comments
Unit 9: Driving Cautiously 小心开车 - Reflecting on Driving Experiences, Different Accounts of Shared Experience, Humor, Alluding to Cultural Concepts
Unit 10: Horror Movies 恐怖片 - Describing a Movie, Types of Movies, Personal Taste about Movies, Liking and Disliking, Listener Corroborating with the Other Speaker