Course code Valo2174
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Credit points, number of lectures
Credit points ECTS Credit points Total number of auditorium hours Number of lecture hours Number of seminars and practical work hours Number of student independent work hours
2 3 32 16 16 48
E-courses Valo2174: Classical Chinese - Wenyan I
Course annotation This is the first part of the course for two semesters. During this course students will get introduced to Chinese literary language and will learn traditional full form characters. The aim of the course is to teach students to read, analyze and translate writings with historical, literary, religious, philosophical, socio-political contents from the Easter Zhou Dynasty until the 3.-2.cent.B.C.









Course responsible lecturer Jānis Priede
Results The course will develop comprehension skills of texts, as well as deepen the knowledge about Chinese traditional society and culture. Grammar rules of wenyan are taught along with examples and usage in texts. After finishing this course students, with a help of a dictionary, will be able to read and orientate themselves in texts of Confucius, Zhuangzi, Laozi, Han Feizi and other writers. After learning grammar of wenyan and full form characters, students will be able to understand better the literary language used nowadays. This will also enable them to read publications from Hongkong and Taiwan.
Course plan 1. Introduction: Chinese traditional written language – characteristics, role in the cultural history, beginnings and stages of development. (L2)
2. Introduction: Chinese literary language in traditional and modern society. (L2)
3. Analyses of texts from the textbook "Introduction into Literary Chinese" by M.Fuller: Lesson 1. (S2)
4. Analyses of texts from the textbook by M.Fuller: Lesson 2. (L2)
5. Analyses of texts from the textbook by M.Fuller: Lesson 3. (S2)
6. Analyses of texts from the textbook by M.Fuller: Lesson 4. (L2)
7. Analyses of texts from the textbook by M.Fuller: Lesson 5. (S2)
8. Analyses of texts from the textbook by M.Fuller: Lesson 6. (L2)
9. Analyses of texts from the textbook by M.Fuller: Lesson 7. (S2)
10. Analyses of texts from the textbook by M.Fuller: Lesson 8. (L2)
11. Analyses of texts from the textbook by M.Fuller: Lesson 9. (S2)
12. Analyses of texts from the textbook by M.Fuller: Lesson 10. (L2)
13. Analyses of texts from the textbook by M.Fuller: Lesson 11. (S2)
14. Analyses of texts from the textbook by M.Fuller: Lesson 12. (L2)
15. Analyses of texts from the textbook by M.Fuller: Lesson 13. (S2)
16. Analyses of texts from the textbook by M.Fuller: Lesson 14. (S2)

Requirements for obtaining credit points
Regular attendance (75%)
active work during the lesson, writing dictations, performing homework - 50% of the final mark
written final exam in the end of semester - 50% of the final mark



Study programmes Asian Studies