UW-Platteville Confucius Institute offers on-site Mandarin language training for businesses

March 27, 2013

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — 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 the University of Wisconsin-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. The Confucius Institute offers on-site, tailored Mandarin language lessons to businesses and organizations in the surrounding area as a way to teach the language and culture in an applicable business manner.

“Company employees are very busy nowadays and it is sometimes difficult for them to find time to attend a language class, especially if it is out of town,” said Mei Reeder, assistant director of the UW-Platteville Confucius Institute. “Our institution provides on-site training with an instructor that travels to the company once a week for a specified period of time. We wish to promote a better understanding of Chinese culture and language, as well as having our participants develop basic conversation ability for possible business trips to China or interactions with clients or professionals from that country.”

The UW-Platteville Confucius Institute has previously worked with organizations in Madison, Wis., and Milwaukee, Wis., for social etiquette training, as well as Lands’ End and Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, and various schools for language training, including UW-Richland Center, Lancaster High School and various elementary schools. They have most recently worked with John Deere in Dubuque, Iowa.

“When creating the course content, we work closely with companies to assess their specific needs,” said Reeder. “If a company wishes to include a social etiquette component as well as Mandarin language instruction, we make a tailored course to provide our clients with the most effective way to learn the language and the culture.”

All programs are assessed and designed to meet the specific desires and needs of an organization or business. Interested clients can decide what type and level of instruction would be most appropriate for their employees, and the UW-Platteville Confucius Institute will work with them to meet those goals.

“Our main focus is to tailor the classes to what the participants would like to learn, and then incorporate those elements into our offered course,” said Reeder. “We present our material in a fun and interesting environment and use a variety of teaching techniques to help our clients reach the basic goal of speaking and being understood.”

Anyone interested in obtaining more information or signing up for classes should contact Reeder at (608) 342-6014 or reedery@uwplatt.edu.

Contact: Mei Reeder, assistant director, Confucius Institute, (608) 342-6014, reedery@uwplatt.edu

Written By: Angela O’Brien, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, obrienan@uwplatt.edu




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