Introduction to CIVU Outreach Program

The Confucius Institute’s mission is to enhance intercultural understanding in the U.S. by sponsoring Chinese language and culture programs. Confucius Institute at Valparaiso University promotes this mission through a range of educational and outreach activities for students, teachers, businesses, and community members. The institute contributes to the expansion of Chinese language instruction at Northwestern Indiana and in both public and private schools, enriches cultural opportunities and helps local communities understand and compete on a global scale.

Confucius Institute at Valparaiso University (CIVU) has been devoted to develop and enlarge Chinese language programs in Northwestern Indiana area. By 2015, CIVU has reached out and opened Chinese classes in 9 local schools, including 4 Confucius Classrooms and 4 Outreach programs.

Thea Bowman Leadership Academy (TBLA) is a charter secondary school located in Gary, Indiana. Starting in 2008, Chinese language program in TBLA grows rapidly. In TBLA, 90 students are currently learning Chinese in 6 different levels of classes. Mrs. Chun Wang is the instructor for all Chinese classes, including 4 classes in high school and 2 classes in junior high. Happy Chinese is used as textbook in TBLA Chinese classes. TBLA was awarded Confucius Classroom in 2010.

Culver Academies is a private high school located in Culver, Indiana. In collaboration with Confucius Institute at Valparaiso University, Chinese language program in Culver Academies expands in a fast pace. In Culver, 41 students are currently taking Chinese courses ranging from 4 levels. Mrs. Ning Schultz is the instructor for all Chinese classes. Huan Ying is used as textbook in Culver Chinese classes. Culver Academies was awarded Confucius Classroom in 2010.

New Prairie Junior/ High School is a public secondary school located in New Carlisle, Indiana. New Prairie has started to offer Chinese courses from 2010 and expanded the program to both junior high and high school levels. Mrs. Chang Wei is the instructor for 44 students in 3 Chinese classes in high school, while Ms. Jinfei Zhang is the instructor for 97 students in 4 Chinese classes in junior high. All Chinese classes in New Prairie are currently using Easy Steps to Chinese as textbook. New Prairie was awarded Confucius Classroom in 2014.

Wirt-Emerson Visual and Performing Arts Academy is a public high school located in Gary, Indiana. Starting in 2014, the Chinese program in Wirt-Emerson is devoted to offer Chinese language courses and immerse their students in authentic Chinese performing arts. In Wirt-Emerson, 40 students are currently taking Chinese in 4 different levels of classes. Different types of Chinese performing arts classes are offered as well, including erhu, guzheng, yangqin, pipa, etc. Mrs. Chumei Peng is the instructor for all Chinese language classes. Easy Steps to Chinese is used as textbook in Wirt-Emerson Chinese classes. Wirt-Emerson was awarded Confucius Classroom in 2014.

Washington Township Junior/ High School is a public secondary school located in Valparaiso, Indiana. Washington Township started to offer Chinese courses from 2010 and expanded the program to both junior high and high school levels. In Washington Township, 44 students are currently taking Chinese. Mrs. Xiao Zhu is the instructor for all Chinese classes, and Happy Chinese is being used as textbook.

Bishop Null Institute is a private high school located in Hammond, Indiana. Starting in 2009, the Chinese program in Bishop Null becomes more and more popular among students and parents. Mrs. Guijuan Niu is the instructor for all 47 students taking Chinese classes. All Chinese classes in Bishop Null are currently using Ni Hao as textbook.

Plymouth Junior/ High School is a public secondary school located in Plymouth, Indiana. Plymouth has started to offer Chinese courses from 2012 and expanded the program to both junior high and high school levels. Mrs. Mei Guan is the instructor for 114 students in both Level 1 and Level 2 Chinese classes. Easy Steps to Chinese is being used as textbook in all Plymouth Chinese classes.

John Glenn Junior/ High School is a public secondary school located in Walkerton, Indiana. Starting in 2012, John Glenn has started to offer Chinese courses from 2012 and expanded the program to both junior high and high school levels. Mr. Youxin Fan is the instructor for 177 students in different levels of Chinese classes. Easy Step to Chinese is being used as textbook in John Glenn Chinese classes.