Confucius Institute

Continuing Education Courses

CI Continuing Ed. Courses (Open to the Public)

 

LANGUAGE COURSES CULTURE COURSES
Elementary Chinese I
Elementary Chinese II
Calligraphy, Painting, & Seal Making Workshop
Intermediate Chinese I
Intermediate Chinese II
Chinese Calligraphy I
Chinese Calligraphy II
Advanced Chinese I
Advanced Chinese II
Tai Chi
Spoken Chinese through Film
Understanding Traditional Chinese Medicine

Empirical Chinese Teaching/

Educational Research Seminar

Chinese for TCM Practitioners (Online or Face-to-Face)

 

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Register for our continuing education courses here

 

Tuition: $150 (for the whole semester- 12 weeks in total)

Discount: If taking two CI classes at the same time, take a $50 off the second.

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

 

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Questions?

 

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

 


Course Descriptions

 

Elementary Chinese I (CICE1100)

Elementary Chinese I is a 12-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 lunch time 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 12 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 12-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 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 12-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 12-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 12-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. 

 

Spoken Chinese through Film (CICE1900)

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 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 12 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 12 topics are independent from 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 12-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 I (CICE2000)

Chinese Calligraphy I is a 12-week course designed for members from CSU and the local communities with or without Chinese language background. This class focuses on the regular style calligraphic strokes and character writing, with a side note on the history behind Chinese characters and their structural composition. Through class meetings and lots of after-class practice, students should be able to write strokes and selected characters in a calligraphic style. 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 II (CICE2100)

Chinese Calligraphy II is a 12-week course designed for members from CSU and the local communities with or without Chinese language background. It is the higher level of elementary calligraphy course where students will learn how to write whole characters and whole piece calligraphy in the regular calligraphy style. Through class meetings and a lot of after-class practice, students should be able to write selected characters and create multiple calligraphy art works.

 

Chinese Art Workshop Series (CICE2200)

Chinese Art Workshop Series is a series of introductory-level workshops where learners will gain some basic knowledge of, and skills within, specific art forms. The workshops open to the public are on Chinese Calligraphy, Chinese Watercolor Painting, Chinese paper-cutting , Chinese Knot, and Chinese Seal Carving. Learners will follow professors' instructions step by step. By the end of each workshop, learners should be able to create a piece of work on their own. Tools and materials to be used for in-class practice will be provided.

 

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 Ji can improve ones’ health. This Tai Ji 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 and philosophy, the 24 simplified Tai Ji forms, and Qi and its directional flow. The class is taught in English.

 

Understanding Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) (CICE3000)

Understanding Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a 12-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.