Confucius Institute

Continuing Education Courses

Continuing Education Courses

(Open to the Public)

Fall 2020 Continuing Education courses are coming. ALL courses will be taught online via ZOOM.

If interested, please email cice@csuohio.edu for pre-registration.

Tuition: $150 (for the whole semester- 13 weeks in total)

Address: CSU main campus - 2121 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115

Classroom: Rhodes Tower 416 (Direction: Enter Swartz Library --> take elevator --> go to 4th floor --> walk to the orange color wall) for most language/culture classes.

Tai Chi Class: Hallway outside Woodling Gym, First Floor of Physical Education (PE) Building


Questions?

For more information, please contact Dr. Li at cice@csuohio.edu or at (216) 687-5431.


Course Descriptions

Elementary Chinese I (CICE1100)

Elementary Chinese I is a 13-week introductory Mandarin Chinese course designed for CSU faculty/staff/family, CSU students, and community members who are interested in Chinese language but don’t have any experience with it. During the semester students will learn Pinyin (the Chinese phonetic tool), how to pronounce characters with Pinyin, and how to use 100 -150 characters/words to communicate at the sentence level. Chinese cultural insights will also be introduced such as family structure and name-giving. 

This course has two class sections to choose between: Section I is a 1-hour lunchtime class which meets twice per week; Section II is a 2-hour evening class which meets once per week.

Elementary Chinese II (CICE1200)

Elementary Chinese II, designed for staff/faculty/students from CSU and for the community, is the continuation of Elementary Chinese I with expanded vocabulary, grammar, and language points. After the completion of this 13-week course, students should be able to use 200-300 characters/words to communicate topics such as traveling, eating, making a phone call, and age. Chinese character formation and writing will also be introduced. Cultural insights at this level cover Chinese food, tea, and the Spring Festival. 

Intermediate Chinese I (CICE1300)

Intermediate Chinese I is a 13-week higher level Mandarin Chinese class that teaches students how to use Chinese language to serve the demands of their personal lives, including their studies, work, and travels. Learners from CSU and the communities are expected to have an elementary Chinese language background, as well as a strong intention to improve their Chinese language skills and expand their knowledge. The majority of the course will be taught in Chinese so that students will be immersed in the target language. After the completion of this course, students should be able to use around 400-600 Chinese words in daily conversation as well as paragraph-level writing. Cultural insights at this level cover sports, wedding dresses, birthday celebrations, etc. Students will be able to give presentations on selected topics in Chinese. 

Intermediate Chinese II (CICE1400)

Intermediate Chinese II is a 13-week higher level Mandarin Chinese class where learners can discuss a relatively wide range of topics in Chinese and are capable of communicating in Chinese at a high level.

Learners from CSU and communities are expected to have completed Intermediate Chinese I as a prerequisite and have a strong intention to continually improve their Chinese language skills and expand their knowledge. The class will be taught almost entirely in Chinese so that students will be more exposed to the target language. After the completion of this course, students should be able to use around 1000-1200 Chinese words in daily conversation as well as paragraph-level writing. Cultural insights at this level cover a good variety of topics. Students will be able to give presentations on selected topics in Chinese. 

Advanced Chinese I (CICE1500)

Advanced Chinese I is a 13-week advanced level Mandarin Chinese class where learners can discuss a relatively wide range of topics in Chinese and become capable of communicating in Chinese at a high level. Learners from CSU and the communities are expected to have completed Intermediate Chinese II as a prerequisite, and have a strong intention to continually improve their Chinese language skills and expand their knowledge. The class will be taught entirely in Chinese so that students will be immersed in the target language. After the completion of this course, students should be able to use around 1200-1500 Chinese words in daily conversation, as well as paragraph-level writing. Cultural insights at this level cover a good variety of topics. Students will be able to give presentations on selected topics in Chinese. 

Advanced Chinese II (CICE1600)

Advanced Chinese II is a 13-week Mandarin Chinese class where learners can discuss a relatively wide range of topics in Chinese and are capable of communicating in Chinese at an advanced-high level. Learners from CSU and communities are expected to have completed Advanced Chinese I as a prerequisite, and have a strong intention to continually improve their Chinese language skills and expand their knowledge. The class will be taught entirely in Chinese so that students will be more exposed to the target language. After the completion of this course, students should be able to use around 1800-2000 Chinese words in daily conversation as well as paragraph-level writing. Cultural insights at this level cover a good variety of topics. Students will be able to give presentations on selected topics in Chinese. 

Special Topics (CICE1900)

Special Topics are a group of content-based courses designed for learners who have completed intermediate or advanced level Chinese language but would like to keep learning the language and culture. Typical courses are Chinese through Film, Writing, Speaking, Business Chinese, Chinese Characters and Calligraphy, and Chinese Culture. Learners need to discuss with Dr. Huiwen Li (h.li84@csuohio.edu; 216-687-5431) to co-decide the topic and class format.

Spoken Chinese through Film

Spoken Chinese through Film is an elementary high-level language and culture class. It is designed for those who have completed Elementary I & II courses or have a similar Chinese learning experience and are interested in practicing spoken Chinese from movies. Learners will be exposed to certain excerpts of movies and learn the way of speech within. In addition, they will learn the language structure and culture behind the language. In total, this 13-week course will cover 12 topics including greetings, showing appreciation and other feelings, ordering food at a restaurant, and bargaining. By the end of each meeting, students should be able to understand and reproduce the spoken language learned.

One feature of this course is that the 13 topics are independent of each other, meaning that the later topics are not a continuum based on earlier ones. This way learners can drop in at any point of the semester needless to worry about what they’ve missed.

Empirical Chinese Teaching/Educational Research Seminar (CICE1000)

Chinese Language Teaching/Educational Research Design is a course designed for current and future teachers and educators who are interested in conducting empirical research on Chinese language teaching, second language teaching, or education in general. This class covers topics such as research question development, literature review, research method selection, instrument development, sampling, data collection, and data analysis. Paper writing and APA format may be discussed. Through the 13-week course of learning, the goal is to equip every student with skills and knowledge to construct a clear ready-to-go design for their self-selected research project.  This class is highly student-centered, and the focus is on what students can achieve after the completion of the class. This class may be offered in face-to-face and/or online format. A Confucius Institute certificate will be given to those who successfully complete the course.

Chinese Calligraphy Basics, Painting Basics, and Seal Art (CICE2000)

Chinese Calligraphy Basics, Painting Basics, and Seal Art is a 13-week course designed for members from CSU and the local communities with or without Chinese language background. This class teaches basic calligraphy stroke and character writing, basic painting skill, and seal making. Through class meetings and lots of after-class practice, students should be able to make complete pieces of Chinese ink painting work.

Chinese Calligraphy (Certificate) (CICE2100)

Chinese Calligraphy (Certificate) online course is a 13-week intermediate level class designed for Chinese calligraphy practitioners in the United States with beginning-level practice experience. The class content coverage and level will be decided based on students' current calligraphy learning level and needs. Certification course levels should be decided and designed through discussion between the program and learner. Example certificates are: Regular Style (楷书) Certificate, Running Style (行书) Certificate, Cursive Style (草书) Certificate, and Certain Style Instructional Certificate.  Through online class meetings and a lot of after-class practice, students are expected to some complete real, certain-level calligraphy work independently. Certificate will be awarded to learners with satisfactory writing skills and cultural understanding.

Business Chinese Language and Culture (CICE2200)

Business Chinese Language and Culture is a course incorporating intermediate level of Chinese language and the selected cultural points relevant. It is designed for those who have completed Elementary Chinese I & II courses and are interested in business culture. Learners will be exposed to the topics of Chinese language and culture related with doing business with Chinese. Learners need to take a placement test before registration.

Chinese for TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) Practitioners (CICE2300)

This course introduces learners to the basic Chinese terminologies and common conversational language used in a hospital setting. In addition, the course will cover Pinyin, grammar, and character writing. Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to communicate in basic Chinese, read Chinese characters with pinyin, and know the pronunciation of selected terms in traditional Chinese medicine. To take this course, learners can either choose the face to face class or real-time online class. The online class requires an additional $25 for equipment use.

Tai Chi (Tai Ji) (CICE2400)

Tai Chi (or Tai Ji) is one of the major styles of Chinese martial arts and Kung Fu. It utilizes the ancient philosophy of Yin-Yang and the Five Element theories for its foundation and its training principles. Centuries of experience and practices have shown that practicing Tai Chi can improve ones’ health. This Tai Chi course will help learners understand the merits of Tai Ji and enjoy the benefits of practicing simplified Tai Ji forms. Topics to be covered include relaxation techniques, meditation, the selected Tai Chi forms, and Qi and its directional flow. The class is taught in English.

Year-round Regular Schedule: Eight Form Tai Chi (Fall) -->Sixteen Form Tai Chi (Spring) --> Twenty-four Form (Summer)

Understanding Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) (CICE3000)

Understanding Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a 13-week class where learners can gain a broad prospect of TCM. During the class the Framework about TCM, cultural background that is essential for the development of TCM and TCM education in China will be introduced. TCM foundations like Yin-Yang & Five Elements philosophy, Qi, Blood, Fluids, Essence theory, TCM etiology, and such, will be given together with a brief introduction on the four traditional diagnostic skills: inspection, auscultation and olfaction, inquiry, pulse-taking and palpation. General herbology and Channel knowledge will also be covered in the class. Western medicine and TCM comparison discussion are encouraged during the class. The class will be given in English.


 

Questions?

For more information, please contact Dr. Li at h.li84@csuohio.edu or at (216) 687-5431.