confucius institute

Chinese Culture Instruction


Tai-Chi Class - Jan 29 - Jun 25

Mon, 12-1:00 PM at Studio West 1st Floor, Campus Center Expansion
Fri, 12-1:00 PM at Richardson 002, Downtown Campus

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Course Description:
Tai-chi is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits. The term Tai-chi refers to a philosophy of the forces of yin and yang, related to the moves. Though originally conceived as a martial art, it is also typically practiced for a variety of other personal reasons: competitive wrestling in the format of pushing hands (tui shou), demonstration competitions, and achieving greater longevity. As a result, a multitude of training forms exist, both traditional and modern, which correspond to those aims with differing emphasis. Some training forms of tai-chi are especially known for being practiced with relatively slow movements.

GOG 160(=EAC 160) - China: People and Places (3 credits)

Course Description:
This course provides a systematic introduction of China as an emerging political and economic power in the context of globalization. Main topics include historical evolution, uneven physical and social geography, economic reform, rapid urbanization, population growth and family planning, environmental change, tradition and culture change, and persisting and emerging problems. This course aims to help student better understand China.

GOG 350(=EAC 350) - Urban Development in China (3 credits)

Course Description:
Provides a comprehensive understanding of urban development in China. Reviews the history of urban development in China and examines the demographic, social, economic, and cultural dimensions of the urbanization process. Analyzes the emerging urban land and housing markets, and the changing urban landscape.

GLO 305 - Business Language and Culture in China (3 credits)

Course Description:
This course aims to help students develop their overall command of the business Chinese language in the context of the global business and Chinese culture. It focuses on the trade terms, importing and exporting procedures, international transportation, insurance, international payments and settlements, trade forms, and business culture in China. After taking this class, students are expected to understand the business culture in China and are able to handle some basic business communications and negotiations in Chinese. Pre-requisite: At least one course on China or a study abroad program.

EAC 389 - Advanced Chinese III 高级汉语

Course Description:
This course introduces advanced language students to various aspects of contemporary Mandarin usage and affords students ample opportunity to use spoken and written Chinese in class. The course is only open to students who have completed EAC 302 or its equivalent. The course is taught in Mandarin Chinese.

Chinese Characters and Calligraphy 汉字和书法

Course Description:
By taking this course, students will learn about the basic knowledge of Chinese characters, such as strokes, stroke order, structure types and component parts of Chinese characters. This course allows students to practice writing the commonly used Chinese characters and words. It helps them to improve their handwriting and to enhance their understanding of Chinese characters and culture.

Chinese Language and Culture

Course Description:
This ten-week course is designed as a fun and easy way to understand Chinese culture and master basic Chinese language. Chinese language is taught through learning Chinese culture. Main Chinese culture elements, including Chinese festivals, Chinese foods, Beijing Opera, tea culture, paper-cutting, calligraphy, and facial mask, are used as the main thread to teach basic language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing Chinese.

Chinese Ⅳ

Course Description:
This course is designed to learn both spoken and written Mandarin Chinese. Emphasis will be put on the training of the four communicative skills, listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Each lesson will focus on a typical daily conversational topic to teach the students to use the language in linguistically and socially appropriate ways, whereas the situation exercises and the interaction with fellow students will help to enable the students to integrate what they have learned into their everyday practice. By the end of the course, we expect our students to move from the novice to the intermediate level in both oral and written communicative proficiency, a standard set by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). To be specific, our students are expected to be able to communicate their ideas correctly at sentence level and handle simple survival situations.