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Aug. 21, 2006
Contact: Sheree Willis, Confucius Institute, (913) 897-8613.

Confucius Institute offers Chinese language courses

OVERLAND PARK — The University of Kansas Confucius Institute, only the fourth such institute to open in the United States, is now offering Chinese language courses for everyone from business professionals to middle-school age youth.

Two instructors from China, both trained in teaching Chinese as second language, will teach the noncredit courses. Classes begin in September in Overland Park and Lawrence.

The institute, based at KU’s Edwards Campus in Overland Park, offers community-based Chinese language instruction, supporting the training and professional development of Chinese language teachers and promoting outreach programs on Chinese culture.

The institute is accepting enrollment for three courses:

Conversational Mandarin for Professionals I
Section 1: 7-7:45 a.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 12-Nov. 14
Section 2: 7-7:45 a.m. Thursdays, Sept. 14-Nov.16
Confucius Institute Seminar Room, Regents Center Library, KU Edwards Campus
Fee: $125 (includes textbooks, study materials and refreshments)

This course is designed for professionals without previous training who want to learn basic Chinese language skills. The course covers the essentials of communication, with an emphasis on practical phrases needed by anyone traveling or doing business in China. Course materials are written in pinyin, the official Romanized (Latin alphabet) spelling system used in China. Chinese characters also are introduced. If your business schedule requires you to be out of town on the day your section meets, you may attend the other section at no extra charge.

Conversational Mandarin I
Section 1: 7-7:45p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 12-Nov. 14
Section 2: 7-7:45p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 14-Nov. 16
Confucius Institute Seminar Room, Regents Center Library, KU Edwards Campus
Section 3: 7-7:45 p.m., Wednesdays, Sept. 13-Nov. 15
Lawrence High School
Fee: $125 (includes textbooks, study materials and refreshments)

Learn the basics of conversational Mandarin Chinese. Whether you’re preparing for a business trip or a vacation in China or are just curious about the language, this is an easy way to start. The emphasis is on conversation, but characters will also be introduced briefly for those interested in simple reading skills. This course is designed for adults and high school students without previous training in Mandarin Chinese. Seventh- and eighth-graders are also welcome if accompanied by an adult enrolled in the course.

Foundations of Mandarin Chinese I
7-8:30 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 18-Nov. 20
Confucius Institute Seminar Room, Regents Center Library, KU Edwards Campus
Fee: $200 (includes textbooks, study materials)

This is an introductory, comprehensive course that will cover beginning speaking, listening, reading and writing Mandarin Chinese. The course is for students who want to study Chinese more in-depth. Classes are more intensive than the conversation classes and will cover phonetics, grammar and cultural aspects of Mandarin Chinese. This course is geared to adults with little or no previous training in Mandarin Chinese. High school students can enroll individually, and seventh- and eighth-graders are also welcome if accompanied by an adult enrolled in the course.

For more information or to enroll, visit the Confucius Institute Web site.

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