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Register for the Minnesota Chinese
Language Teachers Conference!

Friday, November 2, 2018
5:30-8:00 p.m.
Graduate Hotel - Pinnacle Ballroom

615 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Cost: $20.00, including dinner

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Join the Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota for the tenth annual Minnesota Chinese Language Teachers Conference. Network with colleagues, learn about Confucius Institute resources available to you and your school, and hear from experts on Chinese language learning. In honor of the 10th anniversary of the Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota, this year’s conference will feature a panel of local experts to showcase outstanding research on Chinese language learning in Minnesota.

Learning Organically and Collectively: Reflection and Research on the UMN STARTALK Program

Chinese Error Analysis and Instructional Implications—A Study at Yinghua Academy

Dr. Kaishan Kong, Assistant Professor of Chinese, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Shu-Mei Lai, Chinese Language Arts Teacher, Yinghua Academy

On Chinese Poetry: From Classical to Modern

A Workshop with Poet-In-Residence Tianxin Cai

Saturday, October 20, 2018
10:00-11:30 a.m.
University International Center, Room 101

Cai Tianxin 蔡天新 is a professor of mathematics at Zhejiang University and the author of some 30 books of poetry, essays, and mathematics texts in China and abroad. Dr. Cai is visiting Minnesota from the University of Iowa where he is participating in the International Writing Program.

In this lecture, Dr. Cai will briefly describe the history of the development of classical Chinese poetry, and provide a short introduction to modern Chinese poetry, including his own writing. Cai will present a dozen famous Chinese poems both in Chinese and in English, and will invite the audience to read some of them.

The workshop is open to students and teachers of Chinese, and any other interested community members.

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CIUMN Hosts Seventh Annual
Chinese Proficiency Award Ceremony

Nearly 600 students, teachers, and parents gathered at Ted Mann Concert Hall on October 6, 2018, to recognize student achievements in Mandarin Chinese at the Chinese Proficiency Award Ceremony and Reception. The event, co-hosted by CIUMN and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), celebrated successful performances by more than 150 students on the 2017 YCT and HSK Chinese proficiency tests, Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL), Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and/or the STAMP proficiency assessment. The ceremony opened with remarks from Consul Jin Lei, visiting from the Consulate of the People’s Republic of China in Chicago, and Joan Brzezinski, Executive Director of CIUMN.

Award recipients on the stage with their certificates

Capital Normal University Performance Troupe Visits the University of Minnesota

The Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota was thrilled to welcome the Capital Normal University Performance Troupe, visiting from Beijing, in honor of the 10th anniversary of the partnership between the Confucius Institute and Capital Normal University. The troupe performed two shows on Thursday, September 20, 2018. Read more >>

Performers on stage with a Capital Normal University flag


10th Anniversary of the Confucius Institute

In 2018, the Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

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