Developing Writing Skills in Chinese

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Developing Writing Skills in Chinese, 2nd Edition by Boping Yuan, Kan Qian

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.

Each unit covers a specific style of writing and is reinforced with a rich selection of model texts. All texts are followed by supporting notes examining the formats, styles, grammar structures or special phrases featured. A wide variety of exercises are featured throughout, and each unit concludes with a helpful glossary given in Chinese characters, pinyin and English translations. An answer key is also included in the back of the book.

The following writing styles and genres are covered:

  • Personal correspondence―greetings and condolences, explanations and apologising, making arrangements and keeping in touch
  • Formal writing―announcements and adverts, letters of enquiry and application, business correspondence, developing an argument, facts and data
  • Narration―story narratives, reporting speech, exemplifying and summarising
  • Description and comparison―outlining people’s characters, physical attributes and appearance, places and weather

This new edition has been comprehensively revised and updated throughout. It includes a brand-new chapter on narratives and there is new coverage of digital communication methods such as text messages and emails. An additional English-Chinese glossary is also available for free download at

Developing Writing Skills in Chinese will help students to write coherently, clearly and appropriately in a variety of contexts. It is suitable for both classroom and self-study use.

Developing Writing Skills in French - Reviews

'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

Developing Writing Skills in Chinese - Author

Boping Yuan is Lecturer in Chinese Studies and Kan Qian is Senior Language Teaching Officer in Chinese Studies at the University of Cambridge

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    Chinese (Mandarin)

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    17.4 x 1.24 x 24.61 cm

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  • Book Publication Date

    6 Aug. 2013

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