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 paid visitor parking. Minimum 4 students required to hold a session.

Registration deadline: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020
Beginning Chinese Language Classes

Beginning Chinese – Part 2
Noon:  Tuesdays, 12:00 – 1:30 pm, Feb. 4-Mar. 31, 2020
Night:  Tuesdays, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, Feb. 4-Mar. 31, 2020

Beginning Chinese – Part 4
Noon:  Mondays, 12:00 – 1:45 pm, Feb. 3-Mar. 30, 2020
Night:  Mondays, 6:00 – 7:45 pm, Feb. 3-Mar. 30, 2020

Beginning Conversation
Night: Wednesdays, 12:00 – 1:30 pm, Feb. 5-Apr. 1, 2020
Noon: Thursdays, 12:00 – 1:30 pm, Feb. 6-Apr. 2, 2020

Intermediate Conversation
Night:  Thursdays, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, Feb. 6-Apr. 2, 2020

Teaching materials will be provided at the first class. There will be no classes on Columbus Day, Oct. 14th and Thanksgiving Week Nov. 25th-29th. The last day for refunds is Sept. 27, 2019.

If you looking for credit classes in Chinese, please 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.

Visit our Cultural and Language Events for practice opportunities.

Join our Advanced Chinese Reading Club, read in Chinese and discuss with friends.

Chinese Reading Club

Chinese Reading Club


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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