The Chinese Department of the Faculty of Culture of the University of Brawijaya, in cooperation with the New Sinology Program of the Language Cooperation Center of the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, successfully completed the online credit course “Ancient Chinese Literature” from February 12 to June 21, 2024, with the support of the Sinology Research Department of the Language Cooperation Center. The course was conducted by Ms. Yang Shaofang from the School of International Education of Tianjin Foreign Studies University, China, with the support of the Sinology Department of the Language Cooperation Center, and completed one semester of lectures.

Ancient Chinese Literature is a compulsory course for undergraduate majors in the Chinese Department of the College of Culture of our university, and it is a core main course in the syllabus of the Chinese Department. The course puts forward a relatively high demand on students’ Chinese language proficiency and knowledge reserve of Chinese culture, and it is also a difficult teaching point for students of the Department of Chinese Language and Culture. Because Ancient Chinese Literature not only requires students to have a basic understanding of ancient Chinese literary texts, but also contains rich Chinese historical and cultural connotations, which requires students to understand the culture in the language, to master the language in the culture, and to experience the characteristics and beauty of ancient Chinese literature through the ancient language.

Ms. Yang Shaofang has more than ten years of experience in teaching Chinese as a foreign language, and is deeply cultivated in the field of international Chinese education. She is a PhD majoring in Overseas Sinology Studies from Beijing Foreign Studies University, and has rich experience in the overseas dissemination of Chinese culture and the teaching of Chinese language and culture. In teaching Ancient Chinese Literature in the Department of Chinese Language and Culture, Ms. Yang not only takes into account the development of ancient literary history and shows the beauty of classical Chinese literature from the perspective of time, but also selects representative ancient Chinese literature that is familiar to the Asian cultural circle, especially focusing on the spread of classical Chinese literature in Indonesia in history. Due to the difficulty of this course, Ms. Yang’s explanation was concise and clear, and she combined diversified teaching materials with text, images, video and audio to make the ancient literature course lively.

From the pre-Qin poetry of “关关雎鸠/在河之洲/窈窕淑女/君子好逑” to the classical novels of the Ming and Qing dynasties of “红楼梦Dream of the Red Mansion”, Mr. Yang unfolded the scroll of ancient Chinese literature for the students of the Department of Chinese Language and Culture in the course of the semester. In this semester’s course, Mr. Yang has not only provided students with both perceptual and rational knowledge of ancient literary features and culture, and improved their Chinese language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, but also introduced how to carry out academic research on ancient Chinese literature for Chinese undergraduates, such as how to write literature-related professional essays in Chinese, the methods and techniques of writing Chinese graduation essays, and how to write a graduation thesis on ancient Chinese literature for international students in Indonesia. The thesis examples of Indonesian students, etc., which paved a good foundation for Chinese undergraduates’ future academic research and further professional education.

Through this semester’s “Ancient Chinese Literature” course of the “New Sinology Program”, undergraduates majoring in Chinese language have gained a comprehensive knowledge of ancient Chinese literature, and their Chinese language proficiency has been significantly improved under the guidance of professional and experienced Chinese teachers. The program was generally recognized by the students and laid a good foundation for their future Chinese studies. The students also hoped to participate in more in-depth literature and culture courses in the future, and to have more opportunities to further their Chinese studies by interacting well with local Chinese teachers.