Practical communication is one of the most important perspectives of teaching Chinese grammar. In this seminar, with the help of some fundamental grammar points, such as “subject-predicate as predicate”, modal complements, “是…的 construction”, usage of “了” and “过” etc., we will discuss the application of practical communication in both teaching and textbook design from the aspects of topic-comment construction, information structure and discourse function. We will also slightly touch on some theoretical issues, such as the Chinese grammar system and the design of typical teaching contexts.
Prof. Wu is a professor at Fudan University, former Dean of International Cultural Exchange School at Fudan University, member of the International Society for Chinese Language Teaching, and editing advisor for Chinese textbooks for secondary schools (2011 edition) by the Ministry of Education of Singapore. He has published over 50 academic papers as well as monographs “Themes of Modern Chinese Sentences”, “How to Teach Grammar—Theory and Practice of Grammar Teaching”, “Task Based Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language” (co-authored). He has also compiled several textbooks and tutorials, including the Chinese textbook “Contemporary Chinese”, Chinese tutoring books, etc.