Course Code


Course Name

Research on Chinese Texts I


Wednesday 2:30-5:15pm


CYT 214


GAO Yunwen

Teaching Assistant

Hu Yijun/Yang Yiwei/Miao Zixin

Course Description

This course is designed to help Chinese studies majors in the international stream in their junior and senior years fulfill their language requirements. Students will be introduced to four  topics and four genres of reading and writing. The selected texts for this course vary according to the instructor’s research expertise and students’ research interests. The class will be conducted primarily in Chinese to improve students’ language proficiency.

Course Outline

Detailed Course Outline is available on Blackboard.

Native Speaker Stream

Week 1: Course Overview

Week 2: May Fourth Literature: Lu Xun

Week 3: May Fourth Literature: Shen Congwen

Week 4: Lunar New Year

Week 5: May Fourth Literature: Xu Dishan

Week 6: Writing Workshop 1: Book Review

Week 7: Post-1949 China: Eileen Chang

Week 8: Post-1949 China: Lao She

Week 9: Post-1979 China: Zhang Jie

Week 10: Writing Workshop 2: Literary Criticism

Week 11: Post-1979 China: Wang Anyi

Week 12: Post-1979 China: Liu Cixin

Week 13: Post-1979 Liu Cixin II

Week 14: Final Project Presentation I

Week 15: Final Project Presentation II

International Stream

Week 0: Placement Test

Week 1: Course Overview

Week 2: Topic: Self, Family and Friends; Letter Format

Week 3: Topic: Leisure time; Writing Workshop

Week 4: Presentation 1 and Revision

Week 5: Topic: Food and Drink, Customs; Email Format

Week 6: Topic: Travel and Transportation; Writing Workshop

Week 7: Midterm Exam

Week 8: Topic: Education; Pamphlet Format

Week 9: Topic: Housing; Writing Workshop

Week 10: Presentation 2 and Revision

Week 11: Topic: The human body and Health; News Report Format

Week 12: Topic: Disease and Pandemic; Writing Workshop

Week 13: Presentation 3 and Revision

Week 14: Final Exam Review

Week 15: Final Exam

Assessment & Assignments

Native Speaker Stream

Attendance and Participation (20%)

Discussion Facilitation (10%)

Essays (40%)

Final Project (30%)

International Stream

Participation, Lab work, and Homework (30%)

Four Unit Writing Assignments (20%)

Two Oral Presentations (10%)

Two Unit Quizzes (10%)

Midterm Exam (10%)

Final Exam (20%)

Honesty in Academic Work

Attention is drawn to University policy and regulations on honesty in academic work, and to the disciplinary guidelines and procedures applicable to breaches of such policy and regulations. Details may be found at

With each assignment, students will be required to submit a signed declaration that they are aware of these policies, regulations, guidelines and procedures.

  • In the case of group projects, all members of the group should be asked to sign the declaration, each of whom is responsible and liable to disciplinary actions, irrespective of whether he/she has signed the declaration and whether he/she has contributed, directly or indirectly, to the problematic contents.
  • For assignments in the form of a computer-generated document that is principally text-based and submitted via VeriGuide, the statement, in the form of a receipt, will be issued by the system upon students’ uploading of the soft copy of the assignment.

Assignments without the properly signed declaration will not be graded by teachers.

Only the final version of the assignment should be submitted via VeriGuide.

The submission of a piece of work, or a part of a piece of work, for more than one purpose (e.g. to satisfy the requirements in two different courses) without declaration to this effect shall be regarded as having committed undeclared multiple submissions. It is common and acceptable to reuse a turn of phrase or a sentence or two from one’s own work; but wholesale reuse is problematic. In any case, agreement from the course teacher(s) concerned should be obtained prior to the submission of the piece of work.