CHIN 360 is a 3-unit course, offered once a year.
This course aims at building students' foundation for future professional and
academic careers. It will develop students¡¯
awareness of difference of the modern and classical written languages, the
ability of reading and comprehending the historical documents, prose, poetry
and other archaic writings. The learned
vocabulary, grammatical and stylistic knowledge will help students better
understand and continue to learn modern Chinese.
Through the lectures, discussions, homework and collaborative work, students
will be able to translate classical reading texts into modern Chinese and
English, find some major historical documents in libraries and know how to use
dictionaries and other resources to cope with the documents written in
classical Chinese. The course will cover
readings from the textbook and other sources.
Upon completion of this course, students will:
¡¤Be aware of
the difference between classical and modern Chinese;
500 characters used in classical works;
frequently used vocabulary and grammatical constructions;
¡¤Have read and
translated selected readings;
¡¤Be able to
use dictionaries in their future studies;
¡¤Be able to
locate major historical documents in libraries.
class is conducted bilingually, in English and Chinese.Class will be in a lecture/discussion
format.The instructor will explain
the meaning and grammatical patterns in class and lead the discussion on the
The use of function words and other grammatical structures will be explained in
class with the help of transparencies or computer presentations. The instructor will also ask students to
provide the English translation of the readings and then discuss it with the
In the class, the students will also work collaboratively to develop the best
version of their translation.
a certain point of time, the class will be in an ¡°experimental hybrid course¡±
mode, which means that we will meet once a week (Tuesdays). On Thursdays, the students will be expected
do some online work by themselves.
The online activities will be announced and explained in class or through email. It is experimental in the sense that the
course is NOT listed in the university¡¯s catalog as an official hybrid course. By the end of the semester, we will find out
if this model is good or not and then make the decision if we will officially
make it a hybrid course.
Students¡¯ comments and suggestions are appreciated. The date and time of the
beginning of the ¡®hybrid mode¡¯ will be announced later in class.
Language of the Dragon: A
Classical Chinese Reader by Gregory Chiang published by Cheng and Tsui Company, 1998.
Supplemental Learning Aids:
the Dragon - Supplemental E-Learning Materials.by Dr.
Tim Xie, 2003.http://www.csulb.edu/~txie/360/Etext
(This web site provides e-version of the original texts, supplemental grammar
notes, Chinese translation of each lesson, online vocabulary exercises. Each
character in the lessons is linked to an online vocabulary list.)
Homework is an
important part of learning. Students are required to complete each
homework in due time. Homework must be completed independently. Homework can be hand-written or typed. Typing and sending homework through
email is encouraged. Homework should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
work in this course means that the students work together by discussing the meaning
of reading texts, exchanging their opinions and composing translated version
(in modern Chinese and English.)
The completed projects will be shared by the class. This collaborative work will be assigned
for selected reading passages in class. Other parts of homework should be done
by students independently.
Tests and Grading
The course grade will be
based on a cumulative point-percentage system calculated from scores on the
O T A L:100%
Grade scale:A (90-100%), B (80-89%), C (70-79%), D
(60-69%), and F (below 60%)
tests and exams will be given on the assigned days only. No requests for
taking the tests before or after the set date will be honored without a valid
excuse or documentation.
It is the students' responsibility to withdraw
from classes. Instructors have no obligation to withdraw
students who do not attend courses, and may choose not to do so. Withdrawal from a
course after the first two weeks of instruction requires the signatures of the
instructor and department chair, and is permissible only for serious and
compelling reasons, such as documented illness and a change in work
hours/schedule. Students should be aware that the definition of
"serious and compelling reasons" as applied by faculty and
administrators may become narrower as the semester progresses. During the final
three weeks of instruction, withdrawals are not permitted except in cases such
as accident or serious illness where the circumstances causing the withdrawal
are clearly beyond the student's control and the assignment of an incomplete is
not practical. Ordinarily, withdrawals in this category involve
total withdrawal from the university. The College of Liberal Arts adheres to this
policy strictly, and does not sign withdrawal forms in the final three weeks of
class for other reasons.