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.

Click here to register for Spring 2017 classes.

Fee-based Classes for Spring 2017

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

Time:  From January 30 to April 15  (Spring Break  March 13 -18)

All classes will take place at the Confucius Institute at CSU except Tai Chi.

For 18+

Chinese I – No prerequisites

Time: Monday  6:30 – 8 p.m., January 30 – April 10  (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 p.m., January 31 – April 11 (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 p.m., February 1 – April 12 (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 p.m., January 30 – April 10 (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, January 31 – April 11 (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 p.m., February 1 – April 12 (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 – 4 p.m., February 2 – April 13 (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 p.m., February 2 – April 13 (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 Song – No prerequisites

Time:       Tuesday     4 – 5 p.m., January 31 – April 11 (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 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm, February 4 – April 15 (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 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., February 4 – April 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 for Young Learners III– Prerequisite: Chinese II or able to satisfy assessment

Time:       Saturday 2 – 3 p.m., February 4 – April 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.

Play in Chinese – Prerequisite: Basic Chinese language speaking

Time:       Saturday 9:30 am – 11 a.m., February 4 – April 15 (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     3 – 4 p.m., February 4 – April 15 (10 Weeks)

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

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 classes are non-credit courses.

For information about classes for credit, please 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 p.m.

Location: Education Building Room 7 (Will move to the Oval next to the administration building when it becomes warm)

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 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.

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. 

 

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.

 


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