ECONOMIC CRISIS AND THE WAR OF WORDS
THE ANCIENT CITY OF PINGYAO - CHINA'S WORLD
DATING OUT - MAY I HAVE A DATE?
THE CHINESE GREENHOUSE ROAD TO PROSPERITY
SIGNBOARD CULTURE - SIGNS AND COMMERICIALS
GLOBAL WARMING - A WARNING OF DANGER
CHINESE FESTIVALS AND SOCIAL CUSTOMS
DRUGS-PLAYING WITH FIRE
MADE IN CHINA-A VISIT TO THE CHINA IMPORT AND EXPORT FAIR
UNIT U 10
EVER CHANGING FASHION
THE GIFT OF LIFE-ORGAN OONATION
SPORTS AND THE OLYMPICS
EXPO 2010 SHANGHAI CHINA
WATCHING A GOOO MOVIE OR W SMOW
DRUNK-DRIVING-WHO IS IN DANGER?
ANCIENT CHINESE ARCHITECTURE AND CLASSICAL GARDENS
CHEAT AND CHEAT YOURSELF
NEW CHALLENGES-JOB HUNTING
USEFUL FUNCTIONAL PATTERNS
MATERIALS FOR EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
《英语口语教程》（CHALLENGE TO SPEAK）第一、二册自1998年由高等教育出版社出版以来，受到学界的肯定，已被全国众多高等学校使用。这期间该教材被评为普通高等教育“十五”国家级规划教材，并于2002年荣获全国普通高等学校优秀教材一等奖（第一版）。
Communicating with others in English poses many problems and challenges to the Chinese learner. For one thing, communication involves talking about the learner's thoughts and feelings in a language that is quite different from Chinese in all aspects. And for another, speaking English mostly occurs in classroom-based circumstances, which makes it even harder to bring the Chinese learner out so that he is able to talk in a natural and productive way. However hard it is, the Chinese learner should push further beyond the limits of vocabulary and grammar and learn the skills in communicating effectively.
Effective communication comes down to such factors as a learner's choice of words, attitude, tone, and the pace he keeps up with the other participants in a verbal activity, etc. However, as a non-native speaker he has to be clear about the goals he works towards in order to enhance communication.
The ultimate objective to achieve in communicating is mutual understanding between senders and receivers. Mutual understanding in all situations as well as in the classroom setting helps senders and receivers tune in to each other in a positive and empathetic way. More importantly, it bonds learners
in a group into a closely-knit team. Mutual understanding also builds up a favorable and friendly environment where both senders and receivers can manage to achieve their goals set respectively for a speaking task.
The first goal for the Chinese learner of English to achieve is to work on his partners to hear him the way he wants to be heard. Therefore the learner ought to learn to present ideas that capture the attention of others. For example, in talking about economic crisis and Obama's inaugural speech, the learner is advised to express his points of view in a positive and assertive way. Acting the part of a prophet of doom may draw plenty of attention from other participants, but the flow of conversation is most likely to go astray and the discussion may get nowhere. And this leads us to the second goal: to solve problems and disagreements. Discussing an ongoing economic recession is inevitably controversial. Negative feelings are bound to creep in and participants launch their points of view in an aggressive way for the topic under discussion has definitely left an enormous impact on their lives. Therefore the Chinese learner is supposed to plan out his discussion in terms of attitude and tone so as to achieve effective communication. In this sense, effective communication refers to a situation where problems and disagreements are solved and all participants are heard the way they want to be heard.
Another goal the Chinese learner of English should learn to achieve is to understand what others M really mean regardless of their communication styles. This is what makes in-depth and insightful communication possible for all involved in a discussion are trying to be helpful by contributing constructive ideas.