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Community Chinese Language and Culture Classes

Summer Session 2015: June 16 – August 20

The Confucius Institute offers seven levels of Chinese language classes to the general public—from Beginning Chinese 1 to Chinese Rehab, our conversation class for advanced students. Classes will begin the week of June 16.

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Summer Camps for Kids

This summer, the Confucius Institute and the University Youth & Community Programs will offer two Chinese language camps. For youth ages 6-8 and 9-11, we offer a Chinese language and culture camp. For immersion students ages 10-12, we offer a camp focused on science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM).

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STARTALK: Teaching and Assessing Chinese Culture and Language Authentically

June 15-June 26, 2015

2014 STARTALK participantsIn this FREE two-week program Chinese language teachers will learn methods to integrate culture and language instruction to achieve cultural learning in the classroom, and put these methods into practice in a classroom environment through production of a cultural quilt, development of authentic teaching materials, and teaching to STARTALK program students using online technology. The goal of STARTALK Teaching and Assessing Chinese Culture and Language Authentically (TACCLA) is to improve participants’ ability to rethink their curriculum and instructional methods toward enhancing their students’ language proficiency levels while integrating elements of culture learning at the same time.

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CIUMN awarded NSLI-Y program grant 

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) was launched in 2006 to promote critical language learning among American youth.  NSLI-Y is a U.S. government initiative that prepares American citizens to be leaders in a global world. The program is sponsored by the Department of State and administered by American Councils for International Education. NSLI-Y provides merit-based scholarships for high school students and recent high school graduates to learn less commonly taught languages in summer and academic year overseas immersion programs. 

The Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota has been awarded a partner sub-grant by American Councils for International Education to implement a summer 2015 Chinese (Mandarin) program in Shanghai, China from June to August. In collaboration with American Councils, the Confucius Institute will provide a seven-week immersive language and culture learning experience for 20 students selected from the NSLI-Y nation-wide competition. During the seven-week experience, NSLI-Y participants will study in Shanghai, the most populous metropolis in Eastern China. In addition to language learning and tutoring, participants will also have the opportunity to experience traditional Chinese culture, live with a host family, and learn about recent socio-economic developments through extra-curricular activities, sightseeing and leadership building.

Stayed tuned to and find out how your students can apply to the NSLI-Y program in the future.


Jewish Refugess in Shanghai

Exhibit showcase: March 19-May 7, 2015 at the Sabes Jewish Community Center

Jewish Refugees in Shanghai (1933-1941) is a collaborative community effort to share information about the unique experiences of Jewish refugees in Shanghai during World War II. Learn more about the exhibit and related events.

CIUMN named 2014 Confucius Institute of the Year

The Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota was awarded the “Confucius Institute of the Year” for 2014 at the 9th Confucius Institute Conference in Xiamen! Read more.

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