Confucius Institute

Continuing Education

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Program Introduction

Confucius Institute Chinese continuing education courses are offered to members of the University and local communities through the Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University (CI-CSU). 

The Confucius Institute will offer Mandarin Chinese Level 1 (Beginners), Mandarin Chinese Level 2 (Elementary) in Fall 2014. 

The Chinese language courses are designed for students who want to develop their ability to comprehend and communicate in the Chinese language. We provide training in the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing Mandarin Chinese. For more information about course content, please contact Prof. Li and; for more information about course registration, please contact Ms. Elizabeth Miller at

Class sizes are limited. To register for classes, visit click "Confucius Institute" at the far left, then click "Chinese Language and Culture."

Chinese Language Instructor:

Xuwei Li, is a visiting professor for Hubei University of Technology in Hubei, China. He has three years of teaching experience at a European University. Xuwei has received the Excellent Individual Teacher award from Hanban (the headquarters of the Confucius Institute)

Mandarin Chinese Level 1 (For Beginners)                                                                    
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. 
September 9 – November 18, 2014
Days off: Veterans Day November 11 (University Holiday - Tuesday)
(10 weeks/Semester)

An ideal course for adults without any previous Chinese language background, students will be taught the basic Mandarin phonetic system (Pinyin), and will learn and practice Chinese expressions and everyday words. Oral and listening skills will be emphasized, and basic Chinese grammar and character writing systems will also be introduced.

The video-integrated course uses multimedia materials including a traditional course text, high quality video supplements, and lecture content including multi-media presentations text.

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Registration fee: 100 dollars  
Mandarin Chinese Level 2 (Elementary)
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. 
September 11 – November 13, 2014
(10 weeks/Semester)

A basic course for beginning students of Chinese, it introduces Chinese language and culture and aims to teach communication in both spoken and written Chinese. The objectives are to enable students to use Chinese in the classroom, playground, local community, and countries where the Chinese language is spoken. This course is designed for those who have learned the Pinyin system and can recognize at least 50 Chinese characters. Characters are used throughout the text to enhance the students’ reading and writing abilities.

Textbook:Contemporary Chinese 
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Registration fee: 100 dollars  
Tai Chi for Beginners (Level 1)
Instructor: Tshaka Brown
Dates: Tuesdays, September 9th - November 18th, 2014,  6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: CSU Recreation Center 229B
Fee: $100.00

This is a soft martial art for individuals of all ages and fitness levels to give the beginner an introduction to the essential elements of t'ai chi.T'ai Chi promotes relaxation, flexibility, and concentration and practice of t'ai chi is excellent for reducing tension and stress. This course includes warm-up exercises, learning postures/movements and their purpose, and executing t'ai chi forms.

Warm-up- 10 minutes
Stretching- 15 minutes
Posture Stances -15 minutes
Moving through Postures -15 minutes
T'ai Chi Form- 40 minutes
Chinese Painting (Introductory)
Instructor: Yang Long
Dates: Thursdays, September 11th - November 13th, 2014,  6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: Main Classroom 101, Cleveland State University
Fee:  $100 (inclusive of materials)

Painting in the traditional Chinese style is known as guóhuà in Chinese, meaning “national painting style”, which differentiates it from Western styles of art which became popular in China in the 20th century. Though guóhuà has much in common with Western styles from an aesthetic point of view, it still possesses its own unique character. Chinese traditional painting seldom follows the convention of central-focus perspective or realistic portrayal. Instead, it gives the painter freedom of artistic conception, structural composition, and method of expression so as to better expresses his/her feelings.

Studying Chinese painting is an excellent way to understand Chinese people, life, and culture. In this course, basic knowledge of guóhuà, including its history, evolution, and development will be incorporated. Many hands-on study and practice opportunities will also be provided in class.

Specific content of this course consists of an introduction to the basics of guóhuà, use of brushes and ink, and how to blend pigments of different colors. Three different types of Chinese paintings will be taught, including animals, plants, and landscapes. Students will complete a comprehensive work at the end of this program, covering the content taught during the course.




Dates: September 8th, 2014 - November 17th, 2014
Course Times:  Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:00pm - 1:00pm.
Total Sessions:  18 sessions
Instructor: Xuwei Li
Course Cost:  Free with mandatory pre-registration
Ages: Adults only (18+)
Overcome language barriers and understand the culture, people, and general way of doing business in China.  Learn to communicate with Chinese companies and business people.  Learn beginning Chinese dialogues, grammar, and vocabulary emphasizing business communication skills such as negotiating, socializing, and establishing and maintaining good relationships.  This course is designed for students who have never previously studied Chinese language. Students will be introducted to simplified characters and pinyin, as well.  For more information, call 216-623-2835.

Visit this link for online registration forms.  Registration is mandatory for all attendees.

Dates: September 10th, 2014 - November 19th, 2014
Course Times:  Wednesdays from 6:00pm - 7:30pm, no class on Wednesday, September 24th.
Total Sessions:  10 sessions
Instructor: To Be Announced
Course Cost:  $129.00 (plus textbook)

Designed for adult continuing education students without previous Chinese language instruction, this course teaches introductory content in Mandarin Chinese including use of the simplified phonetic system and alphabet (Pinyin) as well as basic vocabulary including commonly used phrases.

This multimodal course includes digital content including video supplements as well as text-related multimedia presentations.  Students are responsible for purchasing their own copy of the course text prior to the first week of class - the text used for this unit will be Workbook: Great Wall Chinese: Essentials in Communication 1.  For purchasing information, please visit this link.

To register for this course, please visit the Lakeland Community College website.