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Spring 2018 Community Class Offerings

The University of Idaho Confucius Institute strives to be the top Chinese language and culture resource in the Treasure Valley. Our Confucius Institute has been offering affordable, high-quality language and culture instruction in Boise since January 2016.

We offer three 12-week trimesters throughout the course of the year. We also have many short term courses. All courses are taught by qualified visiting Chinese instructors who teach in Idaho for 1-3 years at a time. We offer five levels of Mandarin every trimester and we rotate through a number of Chinese culture courses (QiGong, calligraphy, film) and other language courses like Chinese for Tourists, Fun with Chinese (our youth-friendly Chinese class), and more.

If you don't see what you are looking for, just reach out and ask. We may be able to run private courses for small groups if you have a specialized language or culture need! We look forward to learning with you. Please see below for more information on our current course offerings.

 COURSES: We offer both Chinese language and Chinese culture classes. See listings below for details. Please read course descriptions to identify which level is appropriate for your needs. For further guidance, please ask your current UICI instructor or email confuciusboise@uidaho.edu or call Moriah at 208-364-4054.

REGISTRATION: Please click the "Register Now" button above or send your full name, contact phone number, and desired course title and dates to confuciusboise@uidaho.edu. Late registrations are accepted until the second week of class.

LOCATION: All classes will be held at U of I Boise Campus, Idaho Water Center 322 E. Front St. Boise, ID 83702. Room assignments will be sent upon receipt of registration email.

FEES: Course fees are listed below each class description.

PAYMENT: Payment of course fees will be accepted in cash or checks made out to University of Idaho Confucius Institute on the first day of class.

REFUND POLICY: Refunds will not be granted after the end of the first week of class.

COURSE DATES:

Fall Trimester: Week of September 10 through week of December 3 (no class week of Thanksgiving)

Spring Trimester: Week of January 14, 2019 through Week of April 15, 2019 (no class Feb 4-8 or March 11-15).

Summer Trimester: Week of April 29, 2019 through Week of July 15, 2019

 

 

**NOTE: There will be no classes Feb. 18th (President's Day), the week of Chinese Spring Festival (February 4-8), the week of UI Spring Break (March 11-15) or May 27th (Memorial Day).**



Chinese Language Classes

Mandarin I is appropriate for students who have no previous Chinese learning experience. Students who have taken the first semester of Mandarin I can enroll in the sections designed for second semester students. This class will teach students Chinese pronunciation using pinyin. Students will learn simple sentence structures and vocabulary. Students will learn 1-3 simple Chinese characters each week.


Section 1 (for 2nd semester students)
Mondays, Wednesdays 5:30-6:45 p.m.

Section 2 (for 1st semester students)Mondays, Wednesdays 7:00-8:15 p.m.

Section 3 (for 2nd semester students)- Tuesdays, Thursday 12:00-1:15 p.m.

Section 4 (for 1st semester students)- Tuesdays, Thursdays 7:00-8:15 p.m.

Fee: $100

Instructor: Ms. Jemmy Jin Tipping

Room: TBD

This level is appropriate for students who are currently enrolled in the first semester of Mandarin II or who previously took UICI's Mandarin I course. It is also appropriate for students who already have a basic Chinese language foundation (1-2 semesters of Mandarin). Students will work on correct pronunciation and tones in spoken Chinese. Students will continue to write simple sentences in Chinese pinyin while learning some Chinese characters. The class will continue learning new sentence structures as well as vocabulary. Students will read short sentences using pinyin and Chinese characters.


Section 1
Tuesdays, Thursdays 5:30-6:45 p.m.

Fee: $100

Instructor: Ms. Jemmy Jin Tipping

Room: TBD

This level is appropriate for students who are currently enrolled in the first semester of Mandarin III. This course is also appropriate for students who have a solid Chinese language foundation (2-3 previous semesters of Mandarin). Students will continue to work on improving their spoken and written Chinese. Students will write simple sentences in Chinese characters and continue learning new sentence structures as well as vocabulary. Students will read short sentences using Chinese pinyin and some characters.


Section 1
Tuesdays, Thursdays 7:00-8:15 p.m.

Fee: $100

Instructor: Ms. Yifan Liu

Room: TBD

This level is appropriate for students who have previously taken UICI's Mandarin IV as this course is a continuation of that course. It is also appropriate for students who have 2+ years of previous Chinese language education. Class will be taught almost fully in Mandarin. Students will work on conversing only in Chinese and improving their listening skills. Students will write longer sentences in Chinese characters, read medium length passages in Chinese character using only some pinyin, and continue learning new sentence structures as well as vocabulary.


Section 1
Wednesdays 5:45-8:00 p.m.

Fee: $100

Instructor: Ms. Yifan Liu

Room: TBD

This level is appropriate for students who have previously taken Mandarin V as this course is a continuation of that course. It is also appropriate for students who have 4+ years of Chinese language education. Class will be taught fully in Mandarin. Students will use their Chinese listening and speaking skills to pose questions, debate, and converse with their classmates. Students will learn higher level Chinese vocabulary through written passages. Students will compose short essays in Chinese characters. Students will work on perfecting their grammar and pronunciation through classroom activities.


Section 1
Thursdays 5:30-6:45 p.m.

Fee: $50

Instructor: Ms. Yifan Liu
Room: TBD

Are you planning a tour through China? Are you thinking of visiting the Middle Kingdom in the future and want to be able to get around with some useful phrases? This course is for you! This course will cover the basics that any traveler will need to communicate, including greetings, polite questions, directions, time, hotels, purchasing tickets and ordering food. The course will give a brief introduction to Chinese pronunciation and the pinyin writing system, then will focus on Chinese speaking and listening, with less attention to writing and reading Chinese characters.

Wednesdays 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Fee: $50
Instructor: Ms. Yifan Liu
Room: 236

This level is appropriate for younger students who do not have extensive Chinese experience. The course will focus on learning Chinese through songs, playing games, doing art, and other fun, hands-on activities. This class will focus exclusively on Chinese speaking and listening ability. **Recommended for 2nd grade and up**

 Thursdays 4:30-5:20 p.m.

Fee: $50

Instructor: Ms. Jemmy Jin Tipping
Room: 236

Chinese Culture Classes

This course is designed for students who want to learn more about the form of Chinese martial arts called “Baduan jin” or the “Eight Silken Movements.” This practice is a form of Chinese QiGong that is used as both physical exercise and to open the energy pathways of the body. Practicing QiGong can be beneficial for mental and physical health. Throughout the course, the instructor will teach about each of the 8 silken movements and help students to master the movements.

Course meets 1x/week and is 9 weeks long (April 3-May 29). Please choose section 1 or 2.

SECTION 1 — Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

SECTION 2 — Tuesdays 7-8 p.m. 

Fee: $30

Instructor: Ms. Yaqian (Laura) Gai
Room: 156, Idaho Water Center

Are you curious about China? Have you wanted to gain some exposure into the ancient and beautiful Chinese culture? This course is for you! Through a variety of lessons on Chinese calligraphy, pottery, poetry, games, and songs you will learn about many aspects of Chinese culture. Course will be taught in English. (Course is 9 weeks long. Please choose session 1 or 2).


Session 1 SECTION 1
Tuesdays 6:45-8:00 p.m.  (January 22-March 27)

Session 1 SECTION 2- Thursdays 5:30-6:45 p.m.  (January 24-March 29)


Fee: $30

Instructor: Ms. Yaqian (Laura) Gai
Room: 156, Idaho Water Center

Are you fascinated by the beauty and history of Chinese calligraphy? Try out a calligraphy workshop. You will learn basic calligraphy strokes and practice writing with water brushes and calligraphy ink. Workshops are 1x/week for 3 weeks from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

-Workshop 1: March 20, March 27, April 3

-Workshop 2: April 10, April 17, April 24

Workshops are limited to 10 participants. RSVP to confuciusboise@uidaho.edu.

Fee: $30 for each 3 week workshop
Instructor: Ms. Yifan Liu
Location: Idaho Water Center

 

Jin Ming leads a language class.
Jin Ming leads a Mandarin language class at the Idaho Water Center.
Lingyun Li leads a Boise Tai Chi class.
Li Lingyun leads a Tai Chi program at the Idaho Water Center.

Confucius Institute

Physical Address:
851 Campus Drive
Administration Building, Room 328
Moscow, Idaho 83844

Mailing Address:
Confucius Institute
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3179
Moscow, ID 83844-3179

Phone: 208-885-7110

Fax: 208-885-5221

Email: confucius@uidaho.edu

Web: Confucius Institute

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Physical Address:
Idaho Water Center, Suite 442
322 E. Front Street
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-364-4054

Email: confuciusboise@uidaho.edu

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