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Confucius Institute at Mason

Educational Resources

The Confucius Institute at Mason is proud to offer a wide range of resources available for your use.

Confucius Institute Classroom and Library

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We maintain a Reading Room with over 3,000 books in English and Chinese about Chinese language and culture. The collection includes instructional, cultural, historical, and reference print materials as well as a multi-media collection DVDs and CDs in Chinese (with English subtitles) on Chinese culture, history, and travel. Our Reading Room is open to the public during office hours or upon appointment.

Click here for links to online Chinese language resources

 

Online Videos
 Living and Learning in China  

Madelyn Ross, Director of China Initiatives at Mason, explores how students from the United States who are studying Chinese are able to travel to China through various educational programs in "Living and Learning in China: Students who Took the Challenge"

 Chinese and Careers video  

One quarter of all people speak Mandarin Chinese. Join Madelyn Ross and guests in “Chinese and Careers” as they discuss advantages and opportunities of learning this increasingly global language. Program guests include Mandarin speakers from the diplomacy, banking, business, and government sectors

 ethnic-cultures-video  

The Confucius Institute at Mason has created A Tour of Chinese Ethnic Cultures -- Minority Costumes as an introduction to the varied ethnic cultures of China, introducing their native costumes and cultures.

 ancient-chinese-thinkers  

View a brief animated introduction to Confucius, Chuang-tzu, and Lao-tzu in this short video, entitled Ancient Chinese Thinkers. Produced by Hanban (the Confucius Institute Headquarters).

 beijing-opera-300 

Watch brief snippets of several famous Beijing operas in this video, produced by Hanban (the Confucius Institute Headquarters).

 changing-cities-300 

Explore how China's cities have changed through the years. View video clips of five major cities in China (Beijing, Lhasa, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Wuhan) to see how they looked during the 1930s, 1960s, 1980s, and today. Produced by Hanban (the Confucius Institute Headquarters).

 kung-fu-calligraphy-300 

View this multimedia exploration of kung-fu and calligraphy produced by Hanban (the Confucius Institute Headquarters).

 paper-cut-300 

A demonstration of Chinese paper-cutting, produced by Hanban (the Confucius Institute Headquarters).

 chinese-knots_300 

An instructional video showcasing how to tie Chinese knots, produced by the Confucius Institute at Mason.

 time-shadows_photo 

The Confucius Institute at Mason, along with the Goethe Institut, the Chinatown Community Cultural Center, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library are pleased to present this reading of several of the 2012 Time Shadows poems (in English, Chinese, and German).

 polyglot_photo 

Mason's Modern and Classical Languages Department hosted its annual Polyglot Performance on April 9, 2012.  The Confucius Institute at Mason provided costumes and coaching help to the performers.


 How American Students Think About Learning Chinese Video 

How American Students Think About Learning Chinese: a video by Matthew Lesko, the Question Mark Man (and a Chinese language student at the Confucius Institute at Mason), about how our classes are such a bargain.

 Jazz Band Performance 

During October 2011, George Mason University's Jazz Band performed in China.  Click to watch the video of the band performing the traditional Chinese song, "Colorful Clouds Chasing the Moon."

 Madame Yan Video 

Madame Yan Junqi, Vice President of the Chinese People's Association for Peace and Disarmament, and Provost Stearns present the forum: "Educating Global Citizens:  China, the United States, and the World"

 Forensics Camp  

Each summer, George Mason University hosts a public speaking camp for high school forensics students.  In 2010, two students from China attended for the first time.  This is their story.

 CCTV Cup  

Over 200 of the brightest public speaking students in the United States gathered at George Mason University for a summer institute, the US - China Public Speaking Colloquium.  They were joined by the two CCTV Cup winners. 

 Chinese Skit Video  

Watch the skit (in Chinese!) that Kilmer Middle School's Chinese 1A class put together to thank the Confucius Institute at Mason for the donation of textbooks for their class.