Chinese Classics

ChineseClassics

Chinese Classics

Classics are precious cultural heritage bequeathed to us by our ancestors. We obtain new insights from every read of these great works that hailed from the distant past. In the last century, when China was constantly torn between Eastern and Western cultures, old and new values, Chinese classics were under dire threat—they were either seriously neglected or fiercely criticized. Classics are like a beacon in the course of history—they shed light on the past, the present and the future. This is especially true for China, a country that has the longest continuous civilization in the world. Living in a globalized world characterized by rapid technological advancements, and cultural clashes and integration, we often ask ourselves: How to create a more meaningful and balanced life? How to build a world that is more tolerant and harmonious? Maybe we can draw inspiration from the classics.

Designed according to the language abilities of students from different age groups, the Chinese Classics Program systematically introduces a selection of Chinese classic texts that cover literature, history and philosophy to students at different phases. All the courses are taught by teachers with PhD degrees and strong academic credentials. The courses are divided into five levels (Beginner’s, Elementary, Intermediate, Higher and Advanced), designed for G5-G9 students respectively. Each course covers various genres, such as prose and poems. In each

unit, students focus on texts and writers that are representative of a certain genre. Course materials are prepared by the Academy teachers according to students’ language and comprehension levels.

The five-year program is a progressive learning process that consists of several independent learning units. Learning outcomes are therefore maximized when students complete the courses of all five levels. Upon completion of the program, students should be able to recite and understand various Chinese literary classics, and have developed good reading skills for literary Chinese. They should also have greater understanding and appreciation of Chinese traditional culture.

Course Description

Chinese Classics (Beginner’s Level—G5)
The course is divided into three units. Through reading some selected works, students have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the literary language and works, such as Chinese mythologies The Classic of Mountains and Seas ﹙《山海經》﹚, Confucian Analects ﹙《論語》﹚ and The Book of Songs ﹙《詩經》﹚. The course consists of in-depth reading of original texts and basic instruction on classical Chinese.

Chinese Classics (Elementary Level—G6)
The course is divided into three units. Through reading some selected works, students have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the literary language and works, such as the Taoist classics, Yuefu folk songs from the Han dynasty ﹙「漢樂府」﹚, and anthologies of short stories like Sou Shen Ji ﹙《搜神記》﹚ and Shi Shuo Xin Yu ﹙《世說新語》﹚. The course consists of in-depth reading of original texts and basic instruction on classical Chinese. Students should be able to gain some basic knowledge of Chinese traditional thinking and literature, and recite some literary works.

Chinese Classics (Intermediate—G7)
The course is divided into three units. Through reading some selected works, students have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the literary language and works, such as the poems of Cao Cao (曹操), Tao Yuan-Ming (陶淵明), Li Bai ﹙李白﹚ and Liao Zhai Zhi Yi (《聊齋誌異》﹚ and other classical Chinese short novels. The course consists of in-depth reading of original texts and basic instruction on classical Chinese. Students will learn how to appreciate Chinese classical poems and novels, and even recite some of them.

Chinese Classics (Higher—G8)
The course is divided into three units. Through reading some selected works, students have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the literary language and works, such as the poems of Du Fu ﹙杜甫﹚, famous prose works of Tao Yuan-Ming ﹙陶淵明﹚ and Zhang Dai ﹙張岱﹚, and Shi Ji ﹙《史記》﹚. The course consists of in-depth reading of original texts and basic instruction on classical Chinese. Students will learn how to appreciate Chinese classical poems and prose works, and even recite some of them.

Chinese Classics (Advanced—G9)
The course is divided into three units. Through reading some selected works, students have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the literary language and works, such as the poems from the late Tang dynasty, lyrical works of Li Yu ﹙李煜﹚, Li Qing-Zhao ﹙李清照﹚ and Xin Qi-Ji ﹙辛棄疾﹚, and the famous prose works of Jia Yi ﹙賈誼﹚, Cao Zhi ﹙曹植﹚ and Su Shi ﹙蘇軾﹚. The course consists of in-depth reading of original texts and basic instruction on classical Chinese. Students will learn how to appreciate Chinese classical poems and prose works, and even recite some of them.

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