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Confucius Institute Classes

The Confucius Institute at UW-Platteville offers several unique opportunities to learn about Chinese language, culture, and business at the only Confucius Institute in Wisconsin.

*CREDIT Classes (These elementary language courses count for credit or placement in the UW-Platteville general education compentency requirement)

1540 Elementary Chinese I 4 cr
1640 Elementary Chinese II 4 cr

*NON-CREDIT(Do not count for credit or placement in the UW-Platteville language program.) To register or for questions, please email or call 608.342.1310.

Our instructors will be available to help you pre/review and practice lessons should you miss any class or just started a new class/session. We have reasonably priced instructional materials, DVDs, and CDs available for purchase in the Confucius Institute library. Please contact our office at 608.342.1310 or e-mail if you have any questions.

Current courses     NON-CREDIT     (FREE)

To request disability accommodations, please contact the Confucius Institute at 608.342.1310.

All courses will be taught in Royce 110, unless otherwise noted.

Mandarin B
This course is designed for students who already know around 30-50 Chinese words.   After completion of this class students should be able to carry on basic conversations in Chinese.
Mondays: Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9, 23, 30, April 13, 20, 27, May 4 4:00pm-5:00pm

College Chinese
This course is designed for students who know a bit of Chinese or have no background in Chinese.  Pingyin and basic conversation skill will be introduced in this class.
Tuesdays: Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3, 10, 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28 5:30pm-6:30pm

Parenting Chinese
This course is for students with little or no background in Chinese; it will help parents/students to gain an understanding of standard Hanyu (Chinese language).  A light focus on recognizing the characters will be included. 
Wednesdays: Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25, March 4, 11, 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 4:00pm-5:30pm

Lunch & Learn 
Come join us at lunch break to learn some basic greetings such as “Ni hao (how are you), xie xie (thanks).
Fridays: Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6        11:00am-12:00pm

Culture Corner  
This course provides activities that are designed to integrate the Chinese language with the Chinese culture to South Wisconsin residents.   Learn a few simple phrases, play Chinese chess, checkers, or try out calligraphy, etc.
Fridays: March 13, 27, April 10, 24, May 1     11:00am-12:00pm

Movie Night 
Open to UW-Platteville students, faculty, staff and community members.  Please RSVP at or call 1-608-342-1310 to reserve your seats.
Doudna Rm 103
March 24       "Confucius"                 5:30pm-7:30pm
April 22         "Shanghai Calling"       5:00pm-7:00pm

Individual Tutoring
For individual/family/group with specific needs in starting or continuing to learn Chinese in a supportive one on one format.  Mondays – Fridays and by appointments on Saturdays as needed.   All ages are welcome.  Text book is $15 each    8:00am-8:00pm 
Fee: $20/ hour/person

Simple Cooking
This cooking session aims at teaching learners how to fix and cook simple Chinese family style foods with ingredients available from your local grocery stores.  Participants will have opportunities to purchase CI Chinese cookbook.  Cooking utensils and food are provided.  
Wilgus Hall Kitchen
Mondays: March 2 and April 20      5:30pm-7:30pm

Taiji (Tai-Chi ) Chuan is an exercise that are often referred to as 'meditation in movement'. The regular practice of Taiji not only slows down the effects of aging but also boosts the immune system.  This practice brings the entire body into harmony with natural called OXING,
McGregor lawn
Mondays: March 23 and April 13      5:30pm-7:00pm

Majiang stimulates your brain, provokes your skill and, a certain amount of luck. Come with your friends, family members to learn to play this fun game.  
Wednesdays: March 4 and April 29      5:30pm-7:30pm

Watercolor Painting
Chinese water color painting is said to have the same origin as calligraphy.  Thus, Chinese paintings usually integrate poetry or calligraphy with themes that include figures, landscapes, flowers, birds and other animals. Painting materials will be provided.
Thursdays: April 23 and May 7       5:30pm-7:30pm

Knotted Jewelry
Simple knotted necklaces look elegant and stylish when combined with beautiful ceramic. Just one knot with several beads is stunning.  Join our talented instructor to learn how to create a beautiful array of original necklaces and bracelets using decorative Chinese knots.  All materials are provided.
Thursdays: March 5 and April 30      5:30pm-7:30pm


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