University Putonghua is a two-volume textbook specially written for college and university learners. Focusing on strengthening students' communication skills and expanding their vocabulary for academic, social, and professional communication, a wide range of topics, including wealth gap, global warming, architecture, culture, law, and politics are covered. Each volume contains twelve theme-based units that progressively introduce students to features of grammar and provide consolidation on reading, speaking, listening, and pinyin skills. In order to introduce learners to both systems of Chinese characters, volume I is printed in traditional Chinese while volume II is in simplified Chinese. Each volume also comes with an audio CD, which will specifically appeal to self-study learners.
The authors are members of the Chinese Language Centre in the School of Chinese, University of Hong Kong.