2016 Fall Classes

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Fee-based Courses Fall 2016

Location: The Confucius Institute at CSU 1413 S College Ave., Fort Collins, CO80524

All of our courses will be given at Confucius Institute at CSU except Taiji.

For 18+

Chinese I – No prerequisites

Time: Monday  6:30 – 8:00 pm, September 12 – November 14 (10 Weeks)

Gain basic skills in greetings and self-introduction. The class will focus on learning Pinyin – the Mandarin phonetic system, and pronunciation. This class will not focus on Chinese characters. Ten classes, one class per week.

Chinese II – Prerequisite: Chinese I or able to satisfy assessment

Time: Tuesday 6:30 – 8:00 pm, September 13 – November 15 (10 Weeks)

Increase your skills in self-introduction. The class will continue working with Pinyin phonetics strengthening pronunciation. In this class you begin learning recognition and writing of basic characters forming a basis for understanding basic strokes in writing and character structure. Ten classes, one class per week.

Chinese III – Prerequisite: Chinese II or able to satisfy assessment

Time: Wednesday 6:30 – 8:00 pm, September 14 – November 16 (10 Weeks)

Learn to carry simple conversations, ask questions, and express likes and dislikes. You will also continue building on Character recognition and writing skills, increasing the amount of characters you are able to use. Ten classes, one class per week.

Business Chinese I – Prerequisite: Chinese III or able to satisfy assessment

Time: Monday   6:30 – 8:00 pm, September 12 – November 14 (10 Weeks)

Develop your language skills in the direction of basic business knowledge. Learn to converse about basic business transactions and begin to understand cross-cultural business communication. You will also continue building on Character recognition and writing skills – including writing a simple email. Ten classes, one class per week.

Travel Chinese I – Prerequisite: Chinese III or able to satisfy assessment

Time: Tuesday     6:30 – 8:00 pm, September 13 – November 15 (10 Weeks)

Planning a trip to China? Learn to ask and understand directions, buy tickets, and barter over prices. You will learn important Characters for reading menus and signs to help you find your way. Ten classes, one class per week.

Intro to the Chinese Paint Brush – No prerequisites

Time: Wednesday   6:30 – 8:00 pm, September 14 – November 16 (10 Weeks)

Interested in Chinese painting and calligraphy? Learn appreciation and basic painting skills. Ten classes, one class per week.

Intro to Chinese Tea – No prerequisites

Time:       Thursday   3:00 – 4:00 pm, October 20- November 17 (5 Weeks)

Learn about Chinese tea and tea culture. We will introduce you to different types of tea, how they are brewed, and tea appreciation. Five classes, one class per week.

Intro to the Guqin (Chinese Lute) – No prerequisites

Time:       Thursday 6:30 – 8:00 pm, October 20- November 17 (5 Weeks)

Gain appreciation for an ancient Asian musical instrument! Learn about its history and development – including short performances. Five classes, one class per week.

Learn Chinese through Chinese Songs– No prerequisites

Time:       Tuesday     4:00 – 5:00 pm, September 13 – November 15 (10 Weeks)

This course will provide learners opportunities to learn Chinese culture, Chinese vocabulary, expressions, pronunciation etc. through singing Chinese songs, such as Jasmine, The moon represents my heart. Some basic voice skills are also introduced.

For Youth

Chinese for Young Learners I – No prerequisites

Time:       Saturday 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, September 17 – November 19 (10 Weeks)

Gain basic skills in greetings and self-introduction. The class will focus on learning Pinyin – the Mandarin phonetic system, and pronunciation. This class will not focus on Chinese characters. Ten classes, one class per week.

Chinese for Young Learners II – Prerequisite: Chinese I or able to satisfy assessment

Time:       Saturday 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, September 17 – November 19 (10 Weeks)

Increase your skills in self-introduction. The class will continue working with Pinyin phonetics strengthening pronunciation. In this class you begin learning recognition and writing of basic characters forming a basis for understanding basic strokes in writing and character structure. Ten classes, one class per week.

Chinese for Young Learners III– Prerequisite: Chinese II or able to satisfy assessment

Time:       Saturday 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm, September 17 – November 19 (10 Weeks)

Learn to carry simple conversations, ask questions, and express likes and dislikes. You will also continue building on Character recognition and writing skills, increasing the amount of characters you are able to use. Ten classes, one class per week.

Play in Chinese – Prerequisite: Basic Chinese language speaking

Time:       Saturday 9:00 am – 10:30 am, September 17 – November 19 (10 Weeks)

Develop with students from the Chinese program at Global Village Academy in mind. Have fun in Chinese – play games, watch fun movies and just be a kid in Chinese! These sessions will offer an opportunity for kids to be kids in Chinese. Ten classes, one class per weekend day.

Learn Chinese through Chinese Children’s Songs– No prerequisites

Time:       Saturday     4:45 – 5:45 pm, September 17 – November 19 (10 Weeks)

This course will provide kids opportunities to have fun and learn Chinese culture, Chinese   vocabulary, expressions, pronunciation etc. through singing Chinese children songs, such as Where is spring, Two tigers. Some basic voice skills are also introduced.

Private and Small Group Classes

Are you too busy to attend our scheduled classes or want a class tailored to you? We can set up a private or small group class to meet your needs. Please email us at ciinfo@colostate.edu or call 970-492-4020 for more information.

CICSU courses are non-credit courses.


For information about courses for credit, contact Chuchang Chiu in the Colorado State University Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

970-491-5174 cchiu@mail.colostate.edu http://languages.colostate.edu/

FREE Activities

Tai Chi Club

Mondays & Wednesdays, 12:10-12:55 pm through November 16, 2016

Location: The south Oval near the Admin Building or Clark C 146, if the weather is not good.

Feel the Chi! Join our Tai Chi Club! Come anytime for as long as you like. Join once and you can come whenever we have a group. Learn as you go and keep practicing.

Tea & Talk

Thursdays, 4 – 6 p.m.

Location: Confucius Institute, 1413 S. College Ave.

Tea and Talk is an event dedicated to sharing and learning about Chinese culture. Tea and Talk is held at the Confucius Institute of Colorado State University.

Chat in Chinese – BYOT! Bring Your Own Toy

Fridays, 4 – 6 p.m.

Location: Confucius Institute, 1413 S. College Ave.

BYOT! is a learning meet-up for anyone interested in learning or improving their Mandarin Chinese language skills. Many studies show that learning a language is best achieved by immersing one’s self in a language environment. This meetup is Chinese language only, but it is for all levels, from no experience to native speakers.

Bring a “toy”, any favorite item of reasonable size, that will be a conversation focus. Learn about your item, how to describe it, use it and share it with others. Everyone will teach about their toy and learn about others’ toys. This is a “learn from everyone” group. The Confucius Institute is not liable for loss, breakage or damage of personal items. All items must be family-safe and family-friendly. Remember, no English is spoken by anyone. Use actions, gestures and as a last resort, write it down on paper. 

Directions to the Confucius Institute

The Confucius Institute is directly across the street from the Wild Boar Coffee Shop. Parking can be found in the CSU parking lot on Lake at College after 4 p.m. The Institute is also easily accessible by MAX. Take MAX to the Prospect Station, walk down Lake to College.