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.


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, Feb. 6, 2017
Beginning Chinese Conversation 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

Beginning Conversation
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 during the week of spring break (March 13-17, 2017). Last day for refunds is Feb. 20, 2017.

If you looking for credit classes in Chinese, you can contact the Modern and Classical Languages Department at Mason at

Click here for directions to the Mason Fairfax campus

The closest parking is at Rappahannock Parking Deck (opposite Starbucks) and is $3/hour paid at the self-pay kiosk.

Mondays 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Feb. 13 – Apr. 24, 2017

Do you want to learn how to say simple Chinese phrases, practice Chinese characters or learn about Chinese culture? Or are you looking for help with your Chinese language class homework? Our teachers from Beijing Language and Culture University are eager to help you learn more about China! Bring your lunch and meet them at in our Reading room in the East Building Room 129 on the Mason Fairfax campus for free tutoring and conversation practice.


Wednesdays 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Feb. 15 – Apr. 26, 2017

Join our Language Club activities to meet other people interested in Chinese culture. Meetings are held at the Confucius Institute at Mason Reading Room on Wednesday afternoons (except for Mason spring break week). Come learn about Chinese culture through free hands-on activities while practicing your spoken Chinese!

Study, Play, Talk, and Learn – all are welcome!

Fridays 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Feb. 17 to Apr. 28, 2017

Are you interested to learn more about Chinese culture? Then come to one of our Hands on Chinese Crafts sessions at the Confucius Institute at Mason’s Reading Room from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm on Fridays. Create a Chinese craft to take home with you and learn about Chinese culture. Seating is limited so arrive early.

2016 Fall Advanced Reading ClubADVANCED CHINESE READING CLUB
Alternating Fridays 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Feb. 2 – May 4, 2017

Advanced Chinese language students and native speakers are invited to join the Advanced Chinese Reading Club focused on contemporary Chinese literary works and essays. The Reading Club decides literary works and essays for participants to discuss every other week and to watch clips from related movies and videos. Readings, video, and discussion are all in Chinese.

Spring 2017 Advanced Reading Club Schedule
Thursday afternoons from 2:00 – 3:30pm

Feb. 2 刘震云: 我不是潘金莲(一)
Feb.16 刘震云: 我不是潘金莲(二)
Mar. 2 刘震云: 温故一九四二(一)2.5万字
Mar. 23 刘震云: 温故一九四二(二)
Apr. 6 莫言: 蛙(一)4万字
Apr. 20 莫言: 蛙(二)
May 4 郝景芳: 折叠北京 2.1万

The club meets on alternating Fridays from 1:30 – 3:00pm in the spring and fall at the Confucius Institute Reading Room on the Mason Fairfax campus. Come improve your reading comprehension and conversational  Chinese in a relaxed learning environment.


Chinese 101
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.

Chinese 102
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.

Chinese 103
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.

Chinese 104
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.

Tai Chi
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.


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