This course is an advanced reading and composition class for international students in Department of Chinese Literature. The primary task for the students of this class is to closely read and critically examine the many sophisticated and subtle historical, cultural and linguistic aspects of modern Chinese literary works and daily authentic texts. Through reading and getting familiar with texts of different genres, this course is designed to enable students to deepen their understanding of modern Chinese and continue developing their overall language proficiency.
Teaching framework of this course: (1) Basic language training: introduction to literary writing, daily language and writing, reading and analysis of news; (2) Literary knowledge and appreciation: discussion on modern literary works; (3) Instruction on language using: errata, misused sentences, punctuation marks, short article writing; (4) Others: writing skills of composition, summary, reading reports, and topic reports.
In order to achieve this goal, the course will lead students to read and analyze the following integrated texts: (1) Masterpieces of modern Chinese novels and essays; (2) General authentic texts, such as modern poems, modern short essays and lyrics of popular songs; (3) Authentic texts in specific genres, such as news writing, journalism writing and travel writing.
During the course of this class, students will also have assignments of oral presentations and writing reports, summaries of books, and long essays.
Specialties of this course: The instructor selects different genres of modern Chinese literature works and guides students to read them thoroughly. This course values discussion and expression of students after-reading thoughts, and trains international students’ oral speaking and presentation abilities. In addition, by applying video materials, students’ understandings in terms of language expression become more multi-dimensional. Course arrangement may subject to change according to actual teaching progress.
1. The instructor will edit course handout and provide some reference books, students register for this course shall purchase them when school begins.
2. Pre-class reading is needed. All assignments should be done by students themselves. Copying, online downloading, and plagiarize are prohibited.
3. Paper assignment, group discussion, and oral presentation are all required for each semester.