A Writing Guide for Learners of Chinese Qin Herzberg, Larry Herzberg, Pennylyn Dykstra-Pruim, Jennifer Redmann

World Language Writing Guides
Publication date:
27 Jul 2021
Yale University Press
144 pages: 203 x 254 x 9mm
31 b-w illus.
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An accessible guide to writing Chinese at the intermediate level

An easy way to add more writing practice to the intermediate Chinese curriculum, this guide helps Chinese learners express themselves correctly on common everyday topics and for common social purposes. It is structured around the MPG teaching methodology for writing, which is model based, process oriented, and genre focused, to improve students’ vocabulary and sentence- and paragraph-building skills. By providing sample texts with vocabulary, tips, and strategies for success in using those texts as models, this book will teach students to write biographical, creative, business, and personal content.

Qin Xue Herzberg was an instructor of Chinese for nearly two decades at Calvin University. Larry Herzberg is professor of Chinese and director of Asian studies at Calvin University. The Herzbergs are authors of The Basic Patterns of Chinese Grammar and Chinese Proverbs and Popular Sayings. Pennylyn Dykstra-Pruim is associate dean for diversity and inclusion and professor of German at Calvin University. Jennifer Redmann is professor of German at Franklin & Marshall College. They are the authors of Schreiben lernen: A Writing Guide for Learners of German.

“A solid book for training students at intermediate and advanced-low levels to develop their writing skills in specific genres.”—Yang Wang, Brown University

“The work is important and practical. Students will benefit from the models and the vocabulary introduced.”—Hong Li, Emory University

"Learners of Chinese naturally accumulate vocabulary from the text models and draw practical tips from the templates and prompts before crafting their own writing, making this detailed guide truly user-friendly."—Rose Wang, Wheaton College