Selected Ancient Chinese Readings is a course book for foreigners in their fourth year of college study in China, also suitable for foreigners who have former experiences of learning ancient Chinese.
There are a total of 10 lessons in the book, including famous works selected from classical books. The works selected are mainly prose narrating historical events, stories and figures. Each lesson teaches one common function word, one fixed expression and a piece of knowledge about ancient Chinese reading. Besides the main texts, there are another 10 materials for extensive reading. The words are explained in both Chinese and English, and all the selected readings are paraphrased in modern Chinese. Each lesson provides one exercise, whose answer can be found at the end of the book.
In the latter part of the book, 10 optional readings are provided for teachers and students to choose.
Xu Zongcai and Li Wen are both CFL teachers in Beijing Language and Culture University who have engaged in teaching undergraduate foreigners ancient Chinese for decades. Their works include Undergraduate Series of Chinese as a Foreign Language—Ancient Chinese (Revised Edition, Volumes 1 & 2) and Selected Ancient Chinese Readings.