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

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

CICSU Adult (18+) Summer Courses 2018

May 14th – August 3rd

            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 Kevin Nohe at

Language Courses (Fee Based)


Chinese I

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

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

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.


Business Chinese I

Mondays: 7pm – 8pm

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

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.

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 Summer Courses

Language Courses (Fee Based)

Chinese for Young Learners-Beginning (K-5)

Saturday     9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., April 21-June 23 (10 Weeks)

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. 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 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

Spring 2018 Classes

Fall 2017 classes

Summer 2017 classes

Spring 2017 classes