Classical Chinese I

 

EAC310 (#8191)

Fall 2003: MWF 10:10-11:00; Hu-130

Prof. Charles Hartman (HU-245), 2-4219

Office Hours: MW 11-12

 

 

Course Syllabus

 

 

Class meeting                                     Assignment                                         Homework due

 

9/3,5                                        Fuller Lession 1; handout 1-3                            p. 46 #2

 

9/8,10, 12                                Lesson 2; handout 4-6                                      pp. 51-52 #1-2

 

9/15, 17, 19                             Lesson 3; handout 7-9                                      pp. 61 #44

 

9/22, 24, 26                             Lesson 4; handout 10-11                                  p. 69, B-C

 

10/1, 3                                     Lesson 5; handout 12-13                                  p. 78 #5

 

10/8, 10                                   Lesson 6; handout 14-15                                  p. 85 #1

 

10/13, 15, 17                           Lesson 7; handout 16-18          Mid-term        p. 92 #1

 

10/20, 22, 24                           Lesson 8; handout 19-21                                  handout 22

 

10/27, 29, 31                           Lessons 9-10                                                   handout 23

 

11/3, 5, 7                                 Lessons 11-12                                                 handout 24

 

11/10, 12, 14                           Lessons 13-14                                                 handout 25, 26

 

11/17, 19, 21, 24                     Lessons 15-16                                                 handout 27

 

12/1, 3, 5                                 Lessons 17-18                                                 handout 28

 

12/8, 10                                   Lessons 19-20                                                 handout 29

 

 

Final Exam: Friday, Dec. 12, 10:30-12:30

 

 

 

Text: Michael Fuller, An Introduction to Literary Chinese. Cambridge, 1999.

            Liang Shih-ch'iu, A New Practical Chinese-English Dictionary.

 

Both books are required for all students. You must bring both books to class every day. Students who do not have both books in class by Monday, Sept. 8th, will be disenrolled and not allowed to continue with the class. Buy the books NOW.

 

 

Class format: This is a language class. Therefore, although there will be some lectures to provide historical background and context, the major activity in the class will be translation and discussion, as a class, of assigned lessons from the Fuller textbook and from the handouts. Using either the textbook or the dictionary, you must come to class knowing the English meaning of every Chinese character in the lesson. Classroom attendance and participation will count for 25% of the final grade. Weekly homework will count for 15% of the grade. Homework will NOT be accepted late: to receive credit for the homework, you must hand it at the beginning of the class meeting on Friday of the week in which it is due. Missing or late homework will be discounted at 1% of the homework grade per occurrence.

 

Grading:  the final grade will consist of the mid-term exam grade (30%), final exam grade (30%), and class attendance, preparation, and participation in class discussion (25%), and homework assignments (15%).  All four areas are equally important; excellence in one area will not be used to compensate for deficiencies in another. Attendance will be taken daily. Absences will be deducted at the rate of .5% per occurrence from the 25% participation grade.

 

Things to do and not to do:  1) class attendance is mandatory.  No not cut class.  2) Buy the textbook and bring the textbook to class.   3)  Read the assignments on time and come to class prepared to discuss any part of the assignment.  4)  Ask questions whenever you do not understand something.  5)  Take notes and review them for the exams. 6) Hand in homework on time.