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Registration Open for Confucius Institute Spring Courses

The Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota (CIUMN) was created to promote the study of Chinese language and culture throughout Minnesota. It is a collaborative initiative between the University of Minnesota, the Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters, and Capital Normal University in Beijing. CIUMN is one of 67 Confucius Institutes in the U.S. and nearly 400 worldwide. Confucius Institutes are named for the Chinese philosopher known for encouraging deep independent thought and the study of the outside world.

Course Offerings for Spring

Beginning Chinese I
Beginning Chinese I is a course designed for beginners with no prior knowledge of Chinese language. This course offers an introduction to reading, listening, speaking, and writing in Chinese. Students will practice accurate pronunciation and tones, learn basic grammar structures, and learn to recognize about 180 characters. By the end of the session, students will be able to exchange basic personal information, initiate and respond to greetings and conduct basic conversations. Learn more about Beginning Chinese I.

Class day/time: Mondays, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Semester dates: February 11 - April 22, 2013

Beginning Chinese II
Beginning Chinese II allows students who successfully completed Beginning Chinese I at the Confucius Institute, or those at a similar level, to continue to work on reading, listening, speaking, and writing Chinese. By the end of the session, students will be able to initiate simple requests, and give a simple and basic description of a person, a place, or an object. Learn more about Beginning Chinese II.

Class day/time: Tuesdays, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Semester dates: February 12 - April 23, 2013

Beginning Chinese III
Beginning Chinese III allows students who successfully completed Beginning Chinese II at the Confucius Institute, or those who have a similar level of Chinese, to continue to work on reading, listening, speaking, and writing Chinese. In this course students will learn new sentence structures and increase vocabulary. By the end of the session, students will be able to conduct more in-depth conversations on everyday topics, and express basic attitudes and emotions. Learn more about Beginning Chinese III.

Class day/time: Wednesdays, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Semester dates: February 13 - April 24, 2013

Intermediate Chinese I
This class allows students who have successfully completed the Beginning Chinese series at the Confucius Institute, or those who have a similar level of Chinese, to improve their ability to communicate in Chinese. In this course students will continue to work on reading, listening, speaking, and writing Chinese with a focus on using a wider vocabulary to describe things, using complex sentences, and understanding expressions of time, including past, present, and future tenses. Students will increase their vocabulary to more than 500 characters. By the end of the session students will improve their conversational ability and be able to describe common things, events, and experiences verbally and in writing. Learn more about Intermediate Chinese I.

Class day/time: Mondays, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Semester dates: February 11 - April 22, 2013

Intermediate Chinese II
Advance your study of Chinese at the intermediate level. This class allows students who have successfully completed Intermediate Chinese I at the Confucius Institute, or those who have a similar level of Chinese, to improve their ability to communicate in Chinese. Learn more about Intermediate Chinese II.

Class day/time: Wednesdays, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Semester dates: February 13 - April 24, 2013

Intermediate Chinese III
This class allows students who have successfully completed Intermediate Chinese II at the Confucius Institute, or those who have a similar level of Chinese, to improve their ability to communicate in Chinese. In this class, students continue to improve language skills in speaking, reading, writing and listening through more in-depth discussion on social communicative topics, such as living in a new place, describing a trip, and student life. By the end of the course, students will have learned to describe events in the past, present, and future by using the proper adverbs indicating time. Learn more about Intermediate Chinese III.

Class day/time: Thursdays, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Semester dates: February 14 - April 25, 2013

Chinese Rehab
This is an instructor-led conversation group for adults who want to restore their Chinese language skills. If you have lived in China or studied Chinese in the past, this group can help you revive your "zhongwen." Participants should be at the intermediate level or higher and come to each class prepared to participate in the conversation. Learn more about Chinese Rehab.

Class day/time: Tuesdays, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Semester dates: February 12 - April 23, 2013

Unsure which course is best for you?
Take one of our placement tests and send it in. One of our instructors will assess your results and help you choose the class best suited to your abilities. Placement tests can be found on our website under each corresponding course level.

Registration

To register for classes, please use our registration form and review our policy on class cancellations and refunds. The registration deadline is Friday, February 1, 2013. Classes fill quickly, so register early to guarantee your spot. For questions about course offerings or registration, please contact Emily Ruskin at ecruskin@umn.edu.

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