Confucius Institute to offer Mandarin language instruction at all levels
PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — As an influential actor in world politics and economy, China possesses a rich traditional culture and language that the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Confucius Institute hopes to share with university students and members of the surrounding community. From varying levels of Mandarin language instruction, to presentations about Chinese etiquette and culture, to celebrations of important Chinese festivals and traditions, the Confucius Institute has worked with UW-Platteville since 2008 as part of an international network of over 700 Confucius Institutes and Confucius Classrooms dedicated to enhancing the understanding of Chinese language and culture around the world. It is the only Confucius Institute in Wisconsin and the only one with a partnership with one of the six Universities for Nationalities in China under the administration of the State Ethnic Affairs Commission.
“Our goal is to provide a better understanding of Chinese culture and language as well as having our participants develop basic conversation ability for them to use on future travels to China or when they encounter people from that country,” said Mei Reeder, assistant director of the UW-Platteville Confucius Institute.
Mandarin courses offered by the Confucius Institute are designed for those at beginner and intermediate levels and have multiple sessions to better accommodate the schedules of those interested in enrolling. All language courses require online registration and a course fee, to be completed before attendance at the first class of the session.
A new Oral Chinese-A course is designed for students who wish to focus on spoken Chinese alone. The curriculum is based on the standards of the HSK speaking test, which assesses test takers’ ability to express themselves in oral Mandarin by requiring 50 words at the Beginner A level. Lessons take place on Thursdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Royce 110 on April 4, 11, 18, 25 and May 2 and 9.
Oral Chinese-B is for students who wish to focus on spoken Mandarin alone, but is based on the HSK speaking test requiring 100 words at the Beginner B level. Lessons take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Fridays in Royce 110 on April 5, 12, 19, 26 and May 3 and 10.
For students who have completed Mandarin Basic I, Mandarin Basic II will focus on simple conversations in Mandarin. Lessons will be held in the Markee Pioneer Student Center Mining Room on Mondays, April 8 through May 13 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
In order to accommodate a large body of interested faculty and students who have classes or other engagements during the day, the Confucius Institute also offers evening classes in Royce 110 for a fee of $45 unless otherwise noted.
Chinese Express I is designed for students who completed some level of college Mandarin coursework and will focus on simple conversations and characters. Classes are held on Tuesdays from April 2 to May 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. Chinese Express II is also a class for students with some background in Mandarin conversation or collegiate level Mandarin coursework. Students enrolled in this course will understand basic writing and intermediate conversation beyond the basic level. Classes are on Wednesdays form April 3 to May 8 from 6 to 8 p.m.
A special evening course, Conversation Chinese, will be held for students who want to focus on spoken Mandarin alone. Students will be able to grasp the four tones in Mandarin Chinese language and understand the Pinyin system. Classes are held in McGregor Hall on Tuesdays from April 2 to May 7 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at a cost of $30.
Hybrid Chinese is a class for those who are interested in learning Chinese face-to-face or online. Students will attend class first in Royce Hall to get their instruction book and meet the instructor, and then have the option of taking classes online via Skype. Classes will be held on Mondays from April 15 to May 20 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at a cost of $40.
The Confucius Institute also offers basic free Mandarin language instruction on campus during the day.
Mandarin Introduction is held on March 19 and April 2 and 9 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Markee Pioneer Student Center Mining Room as a way for students to learn the foundation of Mandarin and basic greetings during their lunch hours. In addition, Chinese Table is held in 110 Royce Hall every Wednesday between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. for students to practice language and have any questions answered about Chinese culture or customs.
For more information or to sign up for classes, please visit the UW-Platteville Confucius Institute website at uwplatt.edu/confucius. If none of the class times or levels work with existing schedules, private lessons and tutoring can be made available by contacting Reeder.
Contact: Mei Reeder, assistant director, Confucius Institute, (608) 342-6014, firstname.lastname@example.org
Written By: Angela O’Brien, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, email@example.com