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Mastering Chinese through Global Debate
by Dana Scott Bourgerie, Rachel Yu Liu and Lin Qi
foreword by Cornelius C. Kubler
Georgetown University Press, 2016
Paper: 978-1-62616-305-8
Library of Congress Classification PL1129.E5B68 2016
Dewey Decimal Classification 495.182421


While language instructors recognize the value of debate as a means of facilitating Advanced- and Superior-level skills, no single advanced Chinese textbook exists that provides level-specific scaffolded language exercises, rhetorical strategies, and topic-specific texts within the context of debate. Mastering Chinese through Global Debate, designed to meet the ACTFL proficiency guidelines and featuring content written by a professional Chinese journalist, offers learners the means to develop sophisticated language skills with the goal of achieving Superior-level proficiency.

The textbook provides sets of readings and exercises that culminate in debates on key cultural topics with fellow students at home and/or with native speakers abroad via teleconference technology. Each of the six chapters includes detailed explanations, idea maps, word banks, writing and speaking samples, varied drills, and a rhetorical methods section—all of which foster language and critical thinking skills and prepare students to analyze and debate on complex topics.

The textbook’s audio companion is available at and includes MP3 files of the feature article and a mock debate in each chapter, as well as transcripts of the audio, encouraging students to both listen and read. Instructors can also access a free answer key on the Georgetown University Press website.

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