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)                                                                    

Tuesdays, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. 
February 10 - April 21, 2015
(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)

Thursdays, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. 
February 12 - April 23, 2015
(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)

Wednesday, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
February 11 - April 22
(10 weeks/Semester)

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.




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.