The Confucius Institute at Valparaiso University (CIVU) and the Chinese and Japanese Studies Program (CJSP) will sponsor an intensive evening conversational Chinese class starting from the week of January 24 through the end of April. The 10-week class is designed to help people with little or no prior exposure to the Chinese language and who plan to visit China soon to learn the basics in conversational Chinese so that they can use it when traveling in China this year and/or may pursue a further study of the Chinese language on their own.
What: The evening class, which is not for credit, will offer two sections. Section A will meet on Mondays from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. Section B will meet on Thursdays from 7:00-8:30 PM. In addition, there will be an optional one-on-one tutoring session each week by a native speaker of Chinese.
Where: All classes will meet in Room 142 of Meier Hall.
Who can register? Both VU and non-VU personnel can register for the class on a first-come, first-serve basis (each section of the class is limited to 15 participants). The class, however, is particularly suitable for anyone who plans to visit China in the near future, to work with projects related to China, or to start Chinese lessons but can’t take them full time as of yet.
Cost: The tuition for taking the class is $50 for Valpo student, faculty, and staff and $100 for non-Valpo personnel. Members of the CIVU will receive a 30% discount of the tuition (for information on how to become a member of CIVU, please contact its associate director, Professor LIU Jiangang (Jiangang.Liu@valpo.edu or 219-242-8655). The tuition includes lectures, tutoring sessions, and course materials. Payment should be made on the first day of classes (payable to Valparaiso University).
Text: The classes will use a set of materials developed especially for them and will be distributed in classes. In addition, they will use online sources for practice purposes.
Instructors: Professor HE Jun will teach Section A. Professor MING Liang will teach Section B. They will be assisted by a number of native Chinese students as tutors.
How to register? Registration is open now. To register, please email Professor HE (firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 219-242-8655) as soon as you can. Seats are limited, please register now!
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