Each semester, the Confucius Institute at Mason offers non-credit beginning Chinese language and cultural programs. Please see details on our workshop and class offerings below.
BEGINNING MANDARIN CHINESE LANGUAGE CLASSES
Our next session of non-credit Chinese language classes will start soon!
Designed for beginners, our Beginning Chinese Conversation classes meet weekly for a total instructional time of 15 hours and are taught by visiting teachers from Beijing Language and Culture University. Class size is always small, with less than ten students per class, and are offered at very reasonable fees that include the class textbook. All classes are held at the Confucius Institute at Mason, located conveniently on the north side of George Mason University’s Fairfax campus, close to the CUE bus stop and pay parking. Minimum 4 students required to hold a session.
Registration deadline: Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2017
Beginning Chinese Language Classes
Beginning Chinese – Part 1
Noon: Wednesdays, 12:00 – 1:30 pm, Sept. 27 – Dec. 6, 2017
Night: Wednesdays, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, Sept. 27 – Dec. 6, 2017
Beginning Chinese – Part 2
Noon: Mondays, 12:00 – 1:45 pm, Sept. 25 – Dec. 4, 2017
Night: Mondays, 6:00 – 7:45 pm, Sept. 25 – Dec. 4, 2017
Beginning Chinese – Part 3
Noon: Tuesdays, 12:00 – 1:30 pm, Sept. 26 – Dec. 5, 2017
Night: Tuesdays, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, Sept. 26 – Dec. 5, 2017
Noon: Thursdays, 12:00 – 1:30 pm, Sept. 28 – Dec. 7, 2017
Advanced Beginning Conversation
Night: Thursdays, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, Sept. 28 – Dec. 7, 2017
Teaching materials will be provided at the first class. There will be no classes on Columbus Day (October 9th) and during the week of Thanksgiving week (November 20-24, 2017). Last day for refunds is Sept. 29, 2017.
If you looking for credit classes in Chinese, you can contact the Modern and Classical Languages Department at Mason at http://chinese.gmu.edu.
The closest parking is at Rappahannock Parking Deck (opposite Starbucks) and is $3/hour paid at the self-pay kiosk.
CLASSES PREVIOUSLY OFFERED
This class is specially designed for beginners. It starts with Chinese pinyin – writing words phonetically in the Roman alphabet. Students learn simple Chinese characters, basic vocabulary, and daily conversation. The teacher demonstrates correct pronunciation and tones to assist students with short conversations.
This is the continuation of Chinese 101 or for someone who knows how to say about 80 Chinese words. Students learn more expressions for daily conversation as well as Chinese culture and modern life. The teacher assists students with expressing themselves and holding more fluid conversations.
This is the continuation of Chinese 102 or for someone who can say about 200 basic Chinese words and can express themselves with several successive sentences. Students improve their speaking ability through conversational practice and the teacher helps students to enlarge their vocabulary and expand the variety of topics they can talk about in Chinese.
This is an advanced-beginning level Chinese language class for someone who knows how to say about 400 basic Chinese words. Students continue to expand the topics they can talk about in Chinese an will be provided with an introduction to reading and writing some basic Chinese characters.
Business Chinese: Language and Culture
This class is designed for adults learners who want to use some simple Chinese phrases to communicate with Chinese business partners, colleagues or friends. The students will learn how to say Chinese names, introduce themselves to someone in Chinese, participate in simple conversations, and be provided with information about Chinese business social customs through interactive exercises.
Students in this hands-on workshop learn how to write Chinese characters using the traditional materials – Chinese writing paper, ink and calligraphy brushes. Students will be introduced to the evolution of calligraphy styles through Chinese history and will have the opportunity to learn to write themselves a variety of characters. They will also be introduced to various aspects of Chinese culture related to Chinese calligraphy.
This worldwide sensation originated in a small town in China and is an honored martial art form that not only prepares one for self-defense but also promotes a healthy life style. Tai Chi – known as tai ji in Chinese – has been acknowledged for its health benefits and positive impacts on balance, flexibility, and cardiovascular health.
Beginner’s Chinese Language Class for the School of Music
At the request of Mason’s School of Music, Confucius Institute at Mason tailored this class to meet the needs of students who were traveling to China. Students learned Chinese pinyin, basic vocabulary with music terminology, and daily conversation. Students, faculty, and staff at the School of Music participated. Contact us if you would like a specialized class arranged for your department.
Chinese Dumpling Making Demonstration
Who doesn’t love dumplings? In this demonstration, students learn how to make traditional Chinese dumplings. Participants make their own stuffing, form the dumplings, and get to taste these homemade goodies for themselves. This easy-to-cook and fun-to-eat treat is always a big hit! Contact us if you’d like our teachers to provide a demonstration to your group.