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Chinese for Specific and Professional Purposes

Theory, Pedagogical Applications, and Practices

  • Hongyin Tao
  • Howard Hao-Jan Chen

Part of the Chinese Language Learning Sciences book series (CLLS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Academic Chinese

  3. Business Chinese

  4. Chinese for Medicine and Heath Care

  5. Chinese for Other Services and Industries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 319-319
    2. Cornelius C. Kubler
      Pages 321-353

About this book


This book, likely the first of its kind in the English language, explores Chinese for specific and professional purposes (CSP) in terms of theorizing and developing practical applications for language teaching and learning. While research in language for specific purposes is thriving for languages such as English, there has been comparatively little such research conducted for Chinese. This volume attempts to fill the gap by bringing together practitioners from a broad international scholarly community, who share common interests yet diverse orientations. 

Seventeen papers are included, and address four broad thematic categories: (1) academic Chinese, (2) business Chinese, (3) Chinese for medicine and health care, and (4) Chinese for other broadly defined services and industries (diplomacy, tourism, wine-tasting, etc.). Representing the state of the art in CSP research, the book offers an indispensable guide for anyone interested in theoretical and practical issues in this area of applied Chinese language studies.


Chinese for Specific and Professional Purposes Academic Chinese Business Chinese Chinese language for diplomats Chinese language education Chinese language and law Medical Chinese Chinese language and media Chinese language and tourism Chinese language and the wine industry Chinese language in science and engineering

Editors and affiliations

  • Hongyin Tao
    • 1
  • Howard Hao-Jan Chen
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Asian Languages and CulturesUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Department of EnglishNational Taiwan Normal UniversityTaipeiTaiwan

About the editors

Hongyin Tao is a Professor of Chinese Language and Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to joining UCLA, he taught at the National University of Singapore and Cornell University. His areas of expertise include Chinese linguistics, corpus linguistics, sociolinguistics, and applied linguistics. His recent books include Working with Spoken Chinese (2011), Chinese under Globalization (co-edited with Jin Liu, 2011), and Integrating Linguistic Research with Chinese Language Teaching and Learning (edited volume, 2016). His research is supported by the US Department of Education. He was the 2014 President of the Chinese Language Teachers Association, USA, is a Distinguished Chair Professor at National Taiwan Normal University, and serves on the editorial boards of more than twenty journals, including Chinese Language and Discourse, the Heritage Language Journal, and Contemporary Chinese Linguistics.

Hao-Jan Howard Chen is a Professor of Applied Linguistics and Chair of the English Department at National Taiwan Normal University. His areas of expertise include computer-assisted language learning, corpus linguistics and applied linguistics. He has also served as Director of National Taiwan Normal University’s Mandarin Training Center for four years. He has published extensively on computer-assisted language learning and corpus linguistics. He also serves on the editorial boards of several journals, including Computer Assisted Language Learning, English Teaching and Learning, and the International Journal of Digital Learning Technology. Lastly, he manages the Cool English website, a website for English learning supported by the Taiwan Ministry of Education, which currently has more than 85,000 registered users.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Chinese for Specific and Professional Purposes
  • Book Subtitle Theory, Pedagogical Applications, and Practices
  • Editors Hongyin Tao
    Howard Hao-Jan Chen
  • Series Title Chinese Language Learning Sciences
  • Series Abbreviated Title Chinese Language Learning Sciences
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-13-9504-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-13-9507-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-13-9505-5
  • Series ISSN 2520-1719
  • Series E-ISSN 2520-1727
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 409
  • Number of Illustrations 37 b/w illustrations, 14 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Language Education
    Language Teaching
    Professional & Vocational Education
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