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Join Us for Dragon Festival 2018!

July 14th and 15th - Lake Phalen

Join us at this year's Dragon Festival! The festival's mission is to bring together the Greater Twin Cities community in celebration of Asian Pacific cultures. Attendees can cheer on teams competing in Dragon Boat Races on Lake Phalen, watch martial arts demonstations, and taste food from a variety of vendors. Stop by the Confucius Institute's table for family-friendly activities and prizes!

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Apply Now: STARTALK Program
Teaching and Assessing Chinese Culture
and Language Authentically

Online: June 20-22
On-site: June 25-July 3
Instructional Days and Hours: 10 Days, 60 hours

In this FREE two-week program, Chinese language teachers will learn about integrating culture and language instruction to achieve cultural learning in the classroom. The 2018 STARTALK program will use a blended model with four online and six face-to-face (residential) instructional days.

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Minnesota High School Students Earn Top Spots at 2018 Midwest Regional Chinese Speech Contest

Five exceptional students from Minnesota traveled to Valparaiso, Indiana this past May to compete in the 2018 Midwest Regional Chinese Speech Contest for High School Students at Valparaiso University. The students were selected based on their successful performances at the Minnesota Chinese Speech Contest for High School Students, hosted by the Confucius Institute in April. All five students placed in their levels at the regional competition, and made Minnesota very proud!

Student Results:

Level 4

Olivia Meredith - 2nd Place, Ethan Mirman - 3rd Place, Anthony Chen - 3rd Place

Level 3

Sophia He - 2nd Place

Level 2

Adna Omar - 3rd Place

The Confucius Institute congratulates all of the contest participants and hopes that they will continue to use their Mandarin Chinese skills well into the future.


Community Chinese Language Classes

Registration is now open for Summer 2018 Community Chinese Language Classes. Classes run June 11 to August 23. Learn more

10th Anniversary of the Confucius Institute

In 2018, the Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota will celebrate its 10th anniversary. Save the date for a conference on career opportunities and future trajectories for K-16 students who have made the study of Mandarin language a priority in their K-16 education. Learn more

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