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Chinese Language and Culture Classes

The Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota offers several short classes on Chinese language and culture. If you are interested in taking a class, please use our online registration form and review our policy on class cancellations and refunds. If you have questions about course offerings or registration, please contact the Confucius Institute.

Placement tests are available under each corresponding course level. If you are unsure which level is best for you, send us your completed placement test and one of our instructors will work with you to find the class best suited to your needs and abilities.

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The registration deadline for the 2014 Fall term is Friday, August 29.

Class Fees

The Confucius Institute can accept payments in cash or check. Please make checks out to "University of Minnesota" and remit to:

Confucius Institute
331 17th Ave SE, Suite 160
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Note: Only registrations paid in full will be confirmed.

Class Calendar

The Confucius Institute follows the University of Minnesota semester schedule. Confucius Institute classes start a few weeks after the start of the University semester and last for ten class sessions. Classes are not held on University holidays.

The upcoming class sessions will be:

Course Offerings

Beginning Chinese I

Beginning Chinese I is a course designed for beginners with no prior knowledge of Chinese language. This course offers an introduction to reading, listening, speaking, and writing in Chinese. Students will practice accurate pronunciation and tones, learn basic grammar structures, and learn to recognize approximately 180 characters. By the end of the session, students will be able to exchange basic personal information, initiate and respond to greetings, and conduct basic conversations. Learn more about Beginning Chinese I.

Beginning Chinese II

Beginning Chinese II allows students who successfully completed Beginning Chinese I at the Confucius Institute, or those at a similar level, to continue to work on reading, listening, speaking, and writing Chinese.  By the end of the session, students will be able to initiate simple requests, and give a simple and basic description of a person, a place, or an object. Students who complete this level may want to consider taking the HSK-1*. Learn more about Beginning Chinese II.

Beginning Chinese III

Beginning Chinese III allows students who successfully completed Beginning Chinese II at the Confucius Institute, or those who have a similar level of Chinese, to continue to work on reading, listening, speaking, and writing Chinese. In this course students will learn new sentence structures and increase their vocabulary. By the end of the session, students will be able to conduct more in-depth conversations on everyday topics, and express basic attitudes and emotions. Students who complete this level may want to consider taking the HSK-2*. Learn more about Beginning Chinese III.

Intermediate Chinese I

This class allows students who have successfully completed the Beginning Chinese series at the Confucius Institute, or those who have a similar level of Chinese, to improve their ability to communicate in Chinese. In this course students will continue to work on reading, listening, speaking, and writing Chinese with a focus on using a wider vocabulary to describe things, using complex sentences, and understanding expressions of time, including past, present, and future tenses. Students will increase their vocabulary to more than 500 characters. By the end of the session, students will have improved their conversational ability and be able to describe common things, events, and experiences verbally and in writing. Students who complete this level may want to consider taking the HSK-3*. Learn more about Intermediate Chinese I.

Intermediate Chinese II

Advance your study of Chinese at the intermediate level. This class allows students who have successfully completed Intermediate Chinese I at the Confucius Institute, or those who have a similar level of Chinese, to improve their ability to communicate in Chinese. Learn more about Intermediate Chinese II.

Intermediate Chinese III

This class allows students who have successfully completed Intermediate Chinese II at the Confucius Institute, or those who have a similar level of Chinese, to improve their ability to communicate in Chinese. In this class, students continue to improve language skills in speaking, reading, writing and listening through more in-depth discussion on social communicative topics, such as living in a new place, describing a trip, and student life. By the end of the course, students will have learned to describe events in the past, present, and future by using the proper adverbs indicating time. Learn more about Intermediate Chinese III.

Chinese Rehab

This is an instructor-led conversation group for adults who want to restore their Chinese language skills. If you have lived in China or studied Chinese in the past, this group can help you bring your zhongwen back to life. Participants should be at the intermediate level or higher and come to each class prepared to participate in the conversation. Learn more about Chinese Rehab.

*The HSK is a standardized international Chinese proficiency test for non-native speakers and is conducted by the Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota twice yearly. Learn more about the HSK.