• Confucius’s Analects: An advanced reader of Chinese language and culture

    Author(s):
    SLS Working Papers (view group) , Rachel Lin
    Date:
    2018
    Group(s):
    SLS Working Papers
    Subject(s):
    Applied linguistics, Second language acquisition
    Item Type:
    Online publication
    Tag(s):
    Chinese, Chinese writing, Cultural analytics
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/6jwq-hj81
    Abstract:
    Zu-Yan Chen wrote the textbook Confucius’s Analects: An advanced reader of Chinese language and culture (讀論語學中文) for learners with at least three years of university Chinese language courses (Chen, 2010, p. xiii). The main focus of study is excerpts from the Analects, a collection of Confucius’ aphorisms and teachings, written in Classical Chinese, and widely studied by the Chinese population for around two thousand years. These passages are accompanied with translations in modern Chinese and short texts analyzing the underlying ideas. Because this textbook is only in Chinese, with the exception of the preface, some vocabulary definitions or section titles, and the content does not include grammar explanations, the author assumes that the readers are already generally competent in basic Chinese vocabulary and grammar. Based on the fact that the textbook is mostly written in Chinese and on the reviewer’s personal experience in learning Chinese as a second language, it does indeed appear to be suitable for Chinese language learners with at least three years of consistent Chinese study. However, it may not be necessary for the textbook users to have had university language classes as long as they have comparable language skills.
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