Units of Study

CHNS2611 - Classical Chinese A

Semester 1, 2012  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Derek Dane Herforth


Foundation work in Classical Chinese, an ancient language that still plays a role in modern China and that often challenges Western notions of how languages behave. Students will develop a basic understanding of the grammar and vocabulary, thus equipping themselves for exploration of China's distinctive philosophical and literary traditions in the original language. They will undertake supplementary reading in English on a topic of their choice, thus enriching their knowledge of premodern Chinese culture.


classwork (10%), 2x30-minute tests (10%), 3x40-minute tests (60%), 1x reading project resulting in 1500wd essay (20%)


Robert L. Chard, Helen Dunstan and Derek Herforth. Foundations in Classical Chinese: A Constructional Approach. Available from the University Copy Centre


3x1-hr tutorials/week


CHNS1102 or CHNS1202 or CHNS2602 or CHNS3602 or CHNS3604 or CHNS2102 or CHNS3104 or CHNS2204


HSC Chinese for Background Speakers (or equivalent), CHNS2111, CHNS2903, CHNS1313

Assumed Knowledge

Minimum of one year of Chinese at introductory level.

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