In the 2018-2019 academic year, there are nearly 370,000 Chinese students studying in the United States in the United States. Besides studying local culture, many Chinese students are willing to choose Chinese language courses or Chinese literature related courses. Some people may earn credit for \"slacking off \", while others want to learn about Chinese culture from the perspective of foreigners. Of course, Chinese classrooms in the United States are not necessarily easy, and even if the mother tongue is Chinese, it is not an advantage over foreign students.
At a Chinese literature class at a university on the west coast of the United States, the Global Times reporter found that more than half the students were from China through the faces and names of their students. While the teacher patiently explained Du Fu's verse on the podium, some students watched the video on a tablet computer in their seats. A doctoral student who has been an assistant at the university for three years told reporters:\" some chinese students take chinese courses in a pile of classes, they think chinese classes are simpler and can be learned with little effort.\"
In American universities, Chinese courses are generally divided into two types: language and literature. Language classes are about listening, speaking, reading and writing in Chinese and are only open to foreign students whose mother tongue is not Chinese; while most literature classes have no restrictions, individual difficult courses may require students to achieve a certain level of modern Chinese or ancient Chinese, but never shut out students whose mother tongue is Chinese. Many chinese students choose such courses, many because of interest, but it is important to say that some students want to easily get credit and pass the exam.
However, do Chinese students really have an advantage in taking Chinese-related courses? The reporter learned that most of the Chinese literature classes in American universities are for students of all cultural backgrounds, so the materials used are 100% English. Students need to read the English translation of literary works, the relevant English academic literature, and the final class assignments and examinations should also be completed in English. For example, the teacher assigned a Lu Xun novel, if the students only read the original Chinese text and not read its English translation, it is difficult to quote the content of the novel in the homework and class discussion. This kind of Chinese literature class English thesis assignment, must use the literature, the history as well as the sociology English specialized vocabulary and the concept. These contents are new to all students, and Chinese students can also improve their English.
In addition to language difficulties, Chinese literature classes in the United States are more challenging for content analysis and understanding, from which Chinese students can learn a lot of new knowledge. The perspectives and methods of overseas Sinology are very different from those of native Chinese studies, and the issues that often need to be considered are not the same. In addition, foreign teachers who specialize in this area have a very deep Chinese literary literacy, and can also judge whether the students'answers are original. Interestingly, america's university classes focus on innovation, and the reporter learned that some assignments would require students to choose a passage from \"the water margin\" to write an english script, or draw a favorite chinese poem into a picture.
For these reasons, chinese students should consider their academic interests and career development when taking chinese courses at american universities, take courses that are truly useful to them, and do not have a opportunistic mentality. In addition, do not have a sense of superiority, do not be proud and \"light enemy,\" to learn modestly, take seriously, can have the greatest harvest.