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Confucius Institute Classes

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

*To register or for questions, please email or call 608.342.1310. All these courses, events, or workshops are NON-CREDIT and do not count for credit or placement in the UW-Platteville language program.

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 Assistant Director Mei Reeder at 608.342.6014 or e-mail if you have any questions.

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

Current courses - FREE

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

Basic Mandarin A

This course is for students with little or no background in Chinese. Students will gain an understanding of standard Hanyu (Chinese language) with an emphasis on listening and speaking. When finishing up this class, students will be able to grasp the four tones in Mandarin Chinese language and understand the Pinyin system.

Sept 8, 15, 22, 29, Oct 6, 13     4:00pm-5:00pm

Basic Mandarin B

This course is designed for students who completed Basic Mandarin A or already know 30-50 Chinese words. After completion of this class students should be able to carry on simple conversations in Chinese, and have a good foundation for further studying.

Oct 27, Nov 3, 10, 17, 24, Dec 1     4:00pm-5:00pm

Family Corner

This new program will provide activities and events that are designed to integrate the Chinese language with the Chinese culture to promote understanding and relevance of the culture to families in the Southwest Wisconsin.  Learn about games that Chinese children play, such as “Jianzi,” a foot kicking game made of rooster feather learn an easy song of Chinese, a few simple phrases, etc. Home schooled students and Families with young children are welcome!

Fridays, Oct 31, Nov 7, 14, 21, Dec 5, 12     10:00am-11:00am

Lunch and Learn

Come join us at lunch break to learn some basic Mandarin.  You will learn the foundation of Chinese learning-Pinyin and 4 tones.  You will also get to learn the basic greetings such as “Ni hao (how are you), xie xie (thanks), and etc.”

Fridays, Sept 19, Oct 3, 17, Nov 7, 21     11:30am-12:30pm

Chinese Table

The instructor will be available to help you pre/review and practice lessons should you miss any class or if you just started a new class/session. Stop by any time in between.

Thursdays, Sept 11-Dec 11     12:30pm-1:30pm

Chinese Express I

This course is for students with little or no background in Chinese; it will help students to gain an understanding of standard Hanyu (Chinese language). A light focus on recognizing the characters will be included.

Wednesdays, Sept 10, 17, 24, Oct 1, 8, 15     5:30pm-7:30pm

Chinese Express II

This course is for students with some background in Chinese Conversation or collegiate level Chinese coursework. It prepares students to understand basic Chinese writing and intermediate Chinese conversation beyond the basic level. Students can practice communicating in situations that are typical in daily life.

Wednesdays, Oct 29, Nov 5, 12, 19, Dec 3, 10     5:30pm-7:30pm

Movie Night

Open to UW-Platteville students, faculty, staff, and community members. Supervision is not provided so one parent or guardian must be in attendance with children (10 and under). Please RSVP at or call 608.342.1310 to reserve your seats.

October 16 - The Flowers of War and November 20 - Let the Bullets Fly  -  Doudna Lecturer Hall     6:00pm-8:00pm


Majiang is a four player game that originated in China. Majiang stimulates your brain, provokes your skill, and like other gambling games, provides a certain amount of luck. Come and learn how to play.

Mondays: September 22 or October 13     5:30pm-7:30pm

Simple Chinese Cooking

Learn how to fix, cook, and taste simple Chinese family style foods with ingredients available from your local grocery stores. Participants will observe and cook themselves with the instructors' help. Cooking utensils and foods will be provided.

Tuesdays: October 14 or November 11  -  Wilgus Kitchen     5:30pm-7:30pm

Tai Chi

Tai-Chi Chuan is a branch of the Chinese traditional martial arts that uses the principle of Tai-Chi to guide the movements of the body.  Tai-Chi exercises are soft and spiral-like and are often referred to as 'meditation in movement'. The regular practice of Tai-Chi not only slows down the effects of aging and boost the immune system, but it also brings the entire body, organs and nerves into harmony with natural cycles, rhythms and forces.

Thursdays: October 9 or November 13  Royce 110 and McGregor Lawn     5:30pm-7:00pm

Calligraphy Workshop

Each session provides the essential of Chinese Characters for everyday use. Learn about Chinese writing and teach yourself how to write it. Detailed description of the character, calligraphy, stroke order, origin and etymology, meaning, scripts provided along with examples. Each character is shown in simplified form along with its pronunciation and meaning. There are two sessions arranged for your convenience.

Tuesday, September 30 and Monday, October 27     6:00pm-7:30pm

Water Color 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.

Wednesdays: October 15 and November 5     3:30pm-5:00pm

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

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