Language & Culture: Classes and Activities

The Confucius Institute offers classes for all ages and levels of Chinese learners. Previous class offerings have included:

  • Chinese Language for Adults & Children
  • Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy & Painting
  • HSK Training Courses
  • Children’s Chinese Culture Activities

Contact CIinfo@colostate.edu with questions.

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Fee-based Classes for Fall 2017

Location: The Confucius Institute at CSU
1413 S College Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80524 

Term: September 11 to November 18

All classes will take place at the Confucius Institute at CSU.

Classes for Adults (18+)

Chinese I – No prerequisites

Monday  6:30 – 8:00 p.m., September 11 – November 13 (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

Tuesday 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., September 12 – November 14 (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

Wednesday 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., September 13 – November 15 (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

Monday   6:30 – 8 p.m., September 11 – November 13 (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

Tuesday     6:30 – 8 p.m., September 12 – November 14 (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 Chinese Painting and Calligraphy – No prerequisites

Wednesday   5:15 – 6:15 p.m., September 13 – November 15 ( 10 Weeks)

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

Intro to Chinese Traditional Medicine Treatment & Health – No prerequisites

Thursday   5:15 – 6:15 p.m., September 14 – October 12 (5 Weeks)

Learn about traditional Chinese medicine treatment, such as cupping therapy, acupuncture, scrapping therapy, Chinese herbs, massage, etc. We also introduce some Chinese traditional ways to keep fit. Five classes, one class per week.

Intro to Zither (Guzheng) – No prerequisites

Thursday   5:15 – 6:15 p.m., September 14 – October 12 (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.

Intro to Chinese Bamboo Flute (Dizi) – No prerequisites

Thursday   5:15 – 6:15 p.m., September 14 – October 12 (5 Weeks)

Gain appreciation for a Chinese bamboo flute! Learn about its history and development – including short performances. Five classes, one class per week.

Learn Chinese through Song – No prerequisites

Tuesday   5:15 – 6:15 p.m., September 12 – October 10 (5 Weeks)

This course provides 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.

Classes for Youth

Intermediate Chinese for Young Learners YCT I –  Prerequisite: Basic Chinese language speaking

Monday and Wednesday   3:30 – 4:30 p.m., September 11 – October 9 (5 Weeks)

This course was developed for students with at least one year of previous Chinese immersion learning. YCT is an international standardized test of Chinese language proficiency to assess primary and middle school students’ ability to use Chinese as a second language in their daily and academic lives. The class focuses on learning the writing and speaking skills YCT I demands. Ten classes, two classes per week.

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

Monday and Wednesday   3:30 – 4:30 p.m., October 16 – November 15 (5 Weeks)

This course was developed for students with at least two years of previous Chinese immersion learning. YCT is an international standardized test of Chinese language proficiency to assess primary and middle school students’ ability to use Chinese as a second language in their daily and academic lives. The class focuses on learning the writing and speaking skills YCT II demands. Ten classes, two classes per week.

Play in Chinese – Prerequisite: Basic Chinese language speaking

Saturday    9:15 – 10:45 a.m., September 16 – November 18 (10 Weeks)

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

Chinese for Young Learners – No prerequisites

Saturday     11 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., September 16 – November 18 (10 Weeks)

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

 

Private 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 classes are non-credit courses.

FREE Activities

Chinese Martial Arts Club

Monday and Wednesday, 12:10 – 12:55 p.m.

Experience Chinese Martial Arts! Join our Chinese Martial Arts Club! Come anytime for as long as you like. Join once and you can come whenever we have a group. Learn Tai Chi Sword, Tai Chi Fan, Taiji Chi Quan, Five Steps Fist, etc. 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 and culture in general. Tea and Talk is held at the Confucius Institute of Colorado State University. You will also be able to enjoy listening to the guqin, a traditional Chinese stringed instrument.

Chinese Corner

Fridays, 4 – 6 p.m.

Location: Confucius Institute, 1413 S. College Ave.

Chinese Corner promotes cultural exchanges between China and America, to provide its participants with a platform of improving Chinese speaking ability and enhancing the understanding of Chinese culture. You will enjoy some snacks and drinks from China.

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.

Previous Course Offerings

Summer 2017 classes

Spring 2017 classes

Fall 2016 classes

Summer 2016 classes