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The Confucius Institute Course Descriptions

As of January 2010

CI101 Conversational Chinese for Children: This course is designed for students with no previous Chinese language background and for the learners of age 5-10 years old. Students will learn daily conversations in Chinese and some Chinese songs.

CI102 Conversational Chinese for Teens: This course is designed for students with no previous Chinese language background and for the learners of age 11-18 years old. Students will learn daily Chinese conversations, Pinyin, and basic Chinese characters.

CI103 Conversational Chinese for Adults: This course is designed for adults with no previous Chinese language background and for the learners of age 21 years old and above. Students will learn daily Chinese conversations, Pinyin, and basic Chinese characters

CI104 Welcome to China—Culture and Community: This is an introductory course to China for those who would like to travel to China or do business in China.

CI105 Business Chinese: This is an introductory Chinese language course for those who want to do business in China.

CI 110 Taijiquan: This course introduces the basic concepts, components, and practice of Taijiquan (Tai Chi) including the understanding of the difference between Taiji and Kong Fu. The students will learn what it is and how to practice 24-Step Simplified Tai Chi in terms of fitness exercises and mental meditation.

CI111 Chinese Dance for Children: Students will learn Chinese children’s dance and songs.

CI112 Chinese Dance for Young People: Students will learn basic Chinese dance.

CI114 Chinese for High School Students to Attend Summer Camp in China: An introductory Chinese language course to prepare students to go to China for a Confucius Institute sponsored summer camp.

CI115 Introduction to Chinese Films: This course is an introduction to Chinese movies based on Chinese culture. Related background will be introduced and analyzed before watching the movie on each class, and discussion will be conducted after each movie.

CI116 China Awareness: An introductory course about China, Chinese culture, Chinese history, philosophy, religion, art, literature, cultural relics, architecture, folk customs, intangible cultural heritage, and Chinese performing and visual arts.

CI117 Chinese Food and Its Culture: An introductory course to Chinese cuisine by teaching historical and cultural aspects of Chinese food (e.g., dish origin, different styles), as well as hands on cooking (from shopping Chinese at Chinese market to dish making).

CI118 Chinese Characters and Calligraphy: An introduction to the basics of Chinese character composing, components, radicals, and strokes. The course also provides practice of basic techniques of brushing writing.

CI119 Chinese Painting for Children (age 6-12): An introduction to Chinese painting for young learners of age 6-12 years old. Students will learn basic Chinese painting methods, listening to fun stories and use Chinese paint brush to paint frogs, little cats, small house and other fun objects.

CI120 Chinese Painting: The course is designed for students with no previous Chinese painting background. Students will learn basic Chinese painting methods and paint the four classic Chinese painting objects: plum blossom, orchid, bamboo, and chrysanthemum. Chinese art culture and art history will be introduced throughout the course.

LET151 Culture of Chinese Characters: An introduction of Chinese culture through an examination and understanding of characteristics, history, origins, and representations of Chinese characters.

(This is a regular 3-credit URI course)

LET152X Introduction to Chinese Culture: An introduction to Chinese culture through traditional representation of virtue and morality, Chinese history, philosophy, religion, art, literature, cultural relics, architecture, folk customs, intangible cultural heritage, and Chinese performing and visual arts. (This is a regular 3-credit URI course)