An Overview of this course
The wisdom of Chinese idioms has accumulated and condensed along thousands of years. It is a living fossil recording the changes of Chinese society, and a symbol of the collective memory of the Han nationality. An idiom, is a key to know and understand Chinese society.
Our course, "Xue chengyu, zhi zhongguo"(Learning Chinese idioms and knowing China) is not only fit for overseas undergraduates majored and interested in Chinese language and culture, but also suitable for those students from other majors as well as the public who are always fond of Chinese traditional culture. Our course will take the teaching of idioms as the guide and make the different fields of social life as its outline. As for the teaching materials of this course, we have selected the idioms which could deeply reflect the characteristics of Chinese culture , the people's spiritual appearance, and our ancestors’ fine traditions. Furthermore, we will analyze the cultural connotation in depth and idiom usages at the same time.
This course is a breakthrough to the traditional class-teaching mode of "teachers’ lecture matters most at class", displaying the usage and connotation of idioms with the practical situations of overseas students, and bringing the multicultural perspective into the classroom. It’s entertaining, intellectual and practical. "learn Chinese know China" will be a language-advancing harvest experience, but also a exploration journey for you to understand China thoroughly.
Objective of this Course
The purpose of this course is to provide a high-quality online idiom-teaching course, and supply more convenient learning resources for those who love Chinese language and culture. By concise explanation, vivid stories and practical situations, you were able to appreciate the charm of Chinese civilization.
The specific objectives include the following two points:
1) in terms of language, it helps learners to establish their overall cognition of Chinese idioms.
(1) to make learners master more than 150 commonly used Chinese idioms.
(2) to make learners understand the various sources of Chinese idioms.
(3) to enable learners to acquire a basic understanding of the structural characteristics and overall functions of Chinese idioms.
(4) to perceive the characteristics of Chinese parataxis and the holistic thinking methods of Chinese nation on the basis of accomplishing the above objectives.
2) in terms of culture, it contributes to stimulate and strengthen learners' positive cognition of Chinese culture.
This course will bring out the characteristics of Chinese idioms. That is, the idiom is a combination of concise form and plentiful meaning, and they are vivid and easy to memorize. And this course will display the excellent traditions and virtues of Chinese nation. What’s more, it will highlight the value orientation of “Harmony matters most” and the spiritual outlook of “Keep faith and peaceful relations” in the culture of Chinese idioms. It helps to widen and deepen learners’ understanding of all the aspects of Chinese society by means of knowledge expanding, idiom extending and so on.
Beginners and elementary students
Anyone who is interested in Chinese idioms and Chinese Culture
Anyone who is interested in teaching Chinese to international students
Complete the course study within the specified time.
Complete the unit test on time. Unit test questions are: single choice questions, multiple choice questions and true or false questions.
Actively participate in the mutual evaluation for unit homework, which is designed as short-answer questions; you are expected to write with no less than 50 characters. Learners who do not participate in the mutual evaluation can only get 50% of the homework score, and the mutual evaluation needs to reach 5 times.
Finish the online final exam on time.
Actively participate in the discussion of this forum; your participation in teacher-initiated topics is part of your general grades for this course.
Grade assessment method:10% of the unit test, 30% of the unit assignment, 30% of the final exam, and 30% of the course discussion.
If you need a formal paper certificate, please complete the online payment.