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

CICSU Adult (18+) Fall Courses 2018

August 20 – December 7

            In order to make courses at CICSU more convenient for our students and their diverse schedules, we will be offering courses at multiple times per week. Students are expected to only sign up for one of the available course times. Each class will meet once per week, and students are asked not to switch between sessions from week to week. Sessions that have little to no participation may be cancelled. If you have any questions, please contact ciinfo@colostate.edu.

Language Courses (Fee Based)

Chinese I

Mondays: 6pm – 7pm

or

Wednesdays: 7pm – 8pm

Course Description: This Chinese course is designed for beginners and features practical communication and daily Chinese. The course uses subject-based teaching, with each lesson taught being centered on 2-3 topics and accompanied by the practice of communicative skills. After completing this course, students are expected to master 150 Chinese characters and understand the elementary language elements (pronunciation, Chinese characters, vocabulary, grammar), as well as broaden their understanding of certain cultural details. After completing this course students will be able to have basic oral conversations regarding their daily lives in Chinese, and will be able to use their Chinese in simple social situations. After completing this course, students should be able to pass the HSK 1 examination.

 

Chinese II

Tuesdays: 6pm – 7pm

or

Thursdays: 7pm – 8pm

Course Description: This course is designed for learners who have learned some basic Chinese and to help them gain a rudimentary understanding of daily conversational Chinese. This course contains up to 15 specially selected topics including – “Visiting”, “Ordering food “Traveling”, etc. This course will not only meet the learners’ basic needs for daily life in China but will also provide valuable insight into Chinese culture and a deeper understanding of Chinese characters. This class will cover at least 300 characters and will prepare students to pass the HSK 2 test.

 

Chinese III

Wednesdays: 6pm – 7pm

or

Fridays: 7pm – 8pm

Course Description: This course builds on language skills developed in Chinese 1 and 2. The course will review basic grammar and key sentence patterns of Chinese. At the same time, we will carry out topic discussions and focus on practical communication skills and help students improve their spoken Chinese. Situational discussions will cover Chinese customs, culture, and hotly debated issues. Communicative practice will allow students to learn more complicated and complex sentence patterns so that they can communicate with Chinese in specific situations. Chinese reading and writing ability will be also be improved in this class. Finally, students are expected to be able to pass the HSK 3 by enlarging their vocabulary to 600 Chinese characters and expanding their Chinese reading abilities.

 

Chinese IV

Mondays: 7pm – 8pm

or

Thursdays: 6pm – 7pm

Course Description: This course is a language skill course for those who have learned Chinese before. After completing this course, students are expected to: master about 1,200 Chinese words and commonly-used sentence patterns; be capable of reading comprehensively; improve writing abilities, including narrative writing and argumentative writing; communicate with Chinese speakers fluently on topics like travelling, science, life style, food, internet, etc., and be able to pass the HSK 4.

 

Business Chinese I

Mondays: 7pm – 8pm

or

Fridays: 6pm – 7pm

Course Description: This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of business Chinese. This course consists of up to 15 specially selected topics including, “money matters”, “asking the way”, “making appointments and visiting”, “business negotiations”, etc. This course will not only equip the learner with the tools needed for survival in Chinese business but will also provide valuable information for their overseas business demands.

 

Travel Chinese I 

Tuesdays: 7pm – 8pm

or

Thursdays: 6pm – 7pm

Course Description: This course is designed for those who are planning to travel in China. It starts from boarding the plane, going all along with hotel, shopping, restaurant, traffic, sightseeing, going back home, etc. Learners are supposed to master the useful expressions in China. It includes everyday phrases, situational conversations, and commonly-used vocabulary, progressing step by step.

 

Confucius and the Analects

Mondays: 5pm – 6pm

or

Thursdays: 7pm – 8pm

Course Description: Through reading and discussing the select canonic excerpts from The Analects, the course intends to introduce the multi-faceted Kongzi (Confucius) as a common person, and explain the doctrines which Kongzi kept in mind, that is, “benevolence, righteousness, rite, intelligence, and credibility” etc., which has profoundly impacted the inner psychological structure of the Chinese people for more than 2000 years.

 

Chinese Calligraphy

Mondays: 6pm – 7pm

or

Fridays: 6pm – 7pm

Course Description: This course is designed for American learners to gain a basic understanding of Chinese Calligraphy and traditional painting. A typical class includes both lecture and practice workshop, and the practice workshop will mainly focus on Kaishu (printed) calligraphy. This course not only teaches basic techniques, but also provides a lot of valuable practice. No Chinese language experience required.

 

Water and Environmental Sustainability in Chinese

Tuesdays: 5pm – 6pm

or

Fridays: 7pm – 8pm

Course Description: This course mainly focuses on the basic knowledge of rivers and lakes and other water resources in China, the engineering methods and non-engineering measures adopted by China from ancient times to modern times to protect the water ecological environment and relevant restoration issues and elaborates the importance of water resources for Chinese people. The new trends and new ideas for the development of modern water conservancy in China will also be included.

 

Reading Chinese Literature

Tuesdays: 6pm – 7pm

or

Wednesdays: 5pm – 6pm

Course Description: 高级汉语课程之一的“中国文学阅读工作坊”旨在阅读中国当代作家的代表性作品,每一期阅读一位作家的一篇长篇小说。计划阅读莫言、余华、宁肯、刘震云、贾平凹、阎连科、毕飞宇、陈忠实、王安忆、迟子建、邱华栋等当代著名作家的代表作品。通过阅读这些作家作品,一方面加深汉语学习者的语言能力,另一方面提高汉语学习者对当代中国的理解。

本期选择阅读著名作家宁肯的非虚构写作《中关村笔记》。《中关村笔记》在田野调查与深入思考的基础上,以人文笔调书写不同阶段中关村的典型人物。全书以中科院院士冯康开篇并贯穿始终,展现了中关村如何锐意求新,解放思想,创造历史,重塑价值,成为继美国硅谷之后又一个世界科技创新中心的史诗性进程。中关村不仅改变了北京,也改变了中国,某种意义上也改变了世界。

通过阅读《中关村笔记》,可以理解中关村作为北京的名片、开放的窗口和创新的路标,也能够理解中关村对于中国科技创新的重要性,更能够理解中关村的世界性意义。

 

Translation

Wednesdays: 7pm – 8pm

or

Fridays: 5pm – 6pm

Course Description: 通过本课程学习,学生可以通过中英文化的对比来认识英汉习语的基本特征及英汉表达的基本差异,基本掌握中文的常见词汇和句法,以及笔译的基本能力,并了解常见文体的特点及翻译技巧。具体训练内容包括:直译与意译、增译法、省略法、转换法、词序调整、正话反译、长句翻译、英汉语言差异等。

 

FREE Activities

Tea and Talk

Tuesdays: 6pm – 7pm

Thursdays: 5pm – 6pm

Course Description: Chinese teachers sit and enjoy tea with all comers who want to learn Chinese or Chinese culture. This free event is normally conducted in English and gives lower-level Chinese students or interested individuals a chance to ask questions and discuss topics pertaining to China and its culture. There will be a new topic every week. Topics will be posted on website at the beginning of each semester.

 

Chinese Corner

Wednesdays: 6pm – 7pm

Fridays: 5pm – 6pm

Course Description: CICSU’s Chinese Corner is a free class open to the public that focuses on improving students’ Chinese language abilities. Students come to practice their oral Chinese, to learn or improve their Chinese characters, and to experience Chinese culture. Each Chinese Corner has its own topic, such as discussions on Chinese film, classical musical instruments, or cultural clashes, etc., which further deepen the students’ understanding of Chinese language and culture. This is also a good opportunity for students that study Chinese at CSU or elsewhere to come ask questions/get help with their homework.

 

CICSU Youth Fall Courses 2018

Language Courses (Fee Based)

Chinese for Young Learners – Beginning (Grades K-5)

Wednesdays: 4pm – 5pm

Course Description: This class opens the door to Chinese language and culture through a variety of activities, such as basic everyday conversation, folk songs, handicrafts and games. Students will gain basic skills in greetings and self-introduction, and learn Pinyin– the Mandarin phonetic system, pronunciation and Chinese characters.

 

Chinese for Young Learners – Intermediate (Grades K – 5)

Tuesdays: 5pm – 6pm

Course Description: Intermediate level instruction in Mandarin Chinese speaking, listening, reading and writing; introduction to composition and reading of simple written messages in Chinese. This class covers sports, directions, hobbies, daily routines, animals, the environment and more.

 

Chinese for Young Learners – Advanced (Grades K – 5)

Thursdays: 5pm – 6pm

Course Description: In this Chinese immersion course, students are instructed to maximize their abilities in listening, speaking, reading and writing in Chinese. Each lesson features sections on vocabulary, exercises, character practice, and a reading challenge. After this class, students will be able to conduct conversations related to their daily life in a clear and colorful manner.

 

Youth Chinese – Beginning (Grades 6 – 12)

Wednesdays: 3pm – 4pm

Course Description: This class opens the door to Chinese language and culture through a variety of activities, such as basic everyday conversation, folk songs, handicrafts and games. Students will gain basic skills in greetings and self-introduction, and learn Pinyin– the Mandarin phonetic system, pronunciation and Chinese characters.

 

Youth Chinese – Intermediate (Grades 6 – 12)

Tuesdays: 3pm – 4pm

Course Description: Intermediate level instruction in Mandarin Chinese speaking, listening, reading and writing; introduction to composition and reading of simple written messages in Chinese. This class covers sports, directions, hobbies, daily routines, animals, the environment and more.

 

Youth Chinese – Advanced (Grades 6 – 12)

Thursdays: 3pm – 4pm

Course Description: In this Chinese immersion course, students are instructed to maximize their abilities in listening, speaking, reading and writing in Chinese. Each lesson features sections on vocabulary, exercises, character practice, and a reading challenge. After this class, students will be able to conduct conversations related to their daily life in a clear and colorful manner.

 

YCT I/II

Wednesdays: 5pm – 6pm

Course Description: 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 and II demand.

 

YCT III/IV

Fridays: 4pm – 5pm

Course Description: 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 III and IV demand.

 

Mandarin Club – Zach Elementary

Mondays: 3:45pm – 4:45pm

Course Description: Beginning – intermediate level instruction in Mandarin Chinese speaking, listening, reading and writing; introduction to composition and reading of simple written messages in Chinese. This class covers sports, directions, hobbies, daily routines, animals, the environment and more.

 

Play in Chinese

Fridays: 3pm – 4pm

Course Description: In this Chinese immersion course, everyone will have fun in Chinese – play games, sing and dance, watch fun movies in Chinese, make handicrafts and just be a kid in Chinese!

 

AXIS Chinese Class

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 4pm – 5pm

Course Description: A beginning Chinese class developed for students of AXIS International Academy.

 

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.

 

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 4:00 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 2018 Classes

Spring 2018 Classes

Fall 2017 classes

Summer 2017 classes

Spring 2017 classes