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 Summer 2017

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

Term: April 22 to August 15

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

Classes for Adults (18+)

Chinese I – No prerequisites

Monday  6:30 – 8:00 pm, April 24 – June 26 (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 pm, April 25 – June 27 (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 pm, April 26 – June 28 (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, April 24 – June 26 (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., April 25 – June 27 (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   6:30 – 8 p.m., April 26 – May 24 ( 5 Weeks)

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

Intro to the Guqin (Chinese Lute) – No prerequisites

Thursday   6:30 – 8 p.m., April 27 – May 25 (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.

Summer Special for Youth

CICSU Summer Class: “Play in Chinese”

Have fun in Chinese – play games, sing and dance, do arts and crafts, complete treasure hunts, and watch movies. Each session offers an opportunity for children to “just be a kid” in a festive Mandarin immersion environment!

  • 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Monday-Thursday (May 30 – June 22)
    • Session 1 (May 30-June 2) – Animal World and Tour of China *Tuesday-Friday due to Memorial Day Weekend
    • Session 2 (June 5-8) – Chinese Games and Folk Toys
    • Session 3 (June 12-15) – Chinese Fairytales and Festivals
    • Session 4 (June 19-22) – Time Travel through Ancient China

Fee: $50 for each session

Maximum Capacity: 10 people

50% discount for students with a CSU Affiliation (child of a CSU employee or student with a valid CSU ID)

Please RSVP at least two days in advance.

Classes for Youth

Chinese for Young Learners I – No prerequisites

Saturday   11 a.m. – 12 p.m., April 22 – June 24 (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

Saturday   1 – 2:30 p.m., April 22 – June 24 (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

Saturday    3 – 4:30 p.m., April 22 – June 24 (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

Saturday     9 – 10:30 a.m., April 22 – June 24 (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

Saturday     4:45 – 5:45 p.m., April 22 – June 24 (10 Weeks)

This class will provide children the opportunity to learn Chinese through singing Chinese children songs.

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

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

Spring 2017 classes

Fall 2016 classes

Summer 2016 classes