Thought and Society
This is our most frequently used text after TOCC. Published by ICLP in 1987, it is a collection of ten essays written by scholars and community leaders in colloquial style on a broad range of contemporary interest. The two chief objectives of the book are to aid students in making the transition from prepared material written for textbook use to authentic material written for native speaker consumption, and to elevate the student's spoken Chinese proficiency from daily life functions to discourse on substantive matters. Each lesson includes example sentences and exercises focusing on useful sentence patterns.
The recommended format for this text is two hours of class daily so as to provide additional practice on the large amount of vocabulary introduced in this text.