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K-State Today

January 19, 2016



Confucius Institute offers Chinese language classes in spring 2016

By Max Lu

The K-State Confucius Institute is offering a number of Mandarin Chinese language classes during the spring 2016 semester. One set of classes teaches comprehensive Chinese, which includes listening, speaking, reading and writing, while the other set focuses on conversational Chinese. The instructor for the classes is Rong Shao, who was a faculty member at China's Jilin University before coming to the Confucius Institute in November 2015.

Anyone at K-State and any local community members interested in learning the Chinese language are welcome to take the classes. Students will be placed in different levels based on their Chinese language proficiency, from the beginners' class to more advanced levels focusing on business-and-tourism-related Chinese.

The noncredit classes complement the Chinese language classes offered by K-State's modern languages department. They are conveniently scheduled in the evenings during the week and on Saturday mornings. All classes will meet once a week for 12 weeks, starting in the week of Jan. 25. The fee for each course is $120, which also covers instruction materials.

For more information about the classes, please contact the Confucius Institute at confucius@ksu.edu. To view class times and dates and to enroll in one of the classes, visit the UFM Community Learning Center's website or call 785-539-8763.

Launched in April 2015, the Confucius Institute aims to promote, enhance and elevate understanding of the Chinese language and culture, as well as create exchanges between Chinese and U.S. academic institutions and communities.