“On-site Studies” and Classical Chinese Poetry Teaching: A Case Study on Li Shangyin’s Poems Teaching

YIP, Cheuk Wai
ZHANG, Huanhuan
GUO, Yukun

International Journal of Chinese Language Education; Dec 2018; Issue No. 4; p.111 - 144

Department of Chinese Language Studies, The Education University of Hong Kong
Chinese Language Program, Columbia University
Chung Hwa Book Co. (H.K.) Ltd.

Reading and appreciating classical Chinese poetry is challenging for students nowadays. It is because the language used, life experience and social culture are greatly different between ancient and modern times. Moreover, Li Shangyin’s poems had always been considered difficult to read and understand. The research team used “Works of Major Poets” as a research platform, which was an elective course in Chinese major undergraduate programmes in The Education University of Hong Kong, to teach Li Shangyin’s poems. The team used a research methodology named “On-site Studies”, which is used by a Taiwan Scholar Prof. Chien Chin Sung while studying Poetry of Tang Dynasty. Also, satellite maps and online resources were used to partially restore the poetry writing scenes. At the same time, the Instructor embedded “Situation Teaching” and introduced “Blended Learning” elements, to guide students combining high technology with traditional interpretation method during poems appreciation. This study applied quantitative and qualitative methods to analyze the data collected during the teaching process and evaluated the effectiveness of this new poetry teaching method. Finally, an assessment of its strengths and limitations was made and provided feasible recommendations for this new teaching strategy.

On-site Studies Situation Teaching Blended Learning Poetry Teaching and Learning


2520-7733 (Print); 2521-4241 (Online)

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