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Mid-autumn Festival Photo Competition Winners Announced

The University at Buffalo Confucius Institute (UBCI) is pleased to announce the winners of the UBCI Mid-autumn Festival Photo Competition. In line with the themes of the Mid-autumn Festival, UBCI presented awards in two categories: (1) photos of homemade mooncakes and (2) photos of the moon.

In the moon category, the winning photos were taken by Jie Zhang, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor of Sociology and director of the Center for China Studies at Buffalo State College.

In describing the photos, Zhang said, “The first one was taken early in the evening of the Mid-Autumn Festival when the moon just showed above the horizon, and the second was taken about midnight, when the moon was in the middle of the sky. I used the same camera, the same focal length, and the same position. They are the same size in the pictures, instead of being larger early than late in the evening, as most people would think. This is a test to show that the reason the moon looks larger on the horizon than in the middle of the sky is that the moon is usually seen with buildings and trees when it is down there. The buildings and trees, etc. are the references of the observers. When the Moon is up in the sky, the references are not there anymore. The comparison of the two Moons the same day can be used to support the Social Reference Theory.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The winning photos in the mooncake category were taken by Yan Li, a Chinese language teacher at Stanley M. Makowski School in Buffalo. She said, “I learned to make . . . traditional style mooncakes [this year], also called Cantonese-style mooncakes. There are two different fillings, the red bean paste and the “five kernel”. But I put 9 indigents for the five kernel instead of five: walnut, almond, cashew, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, black sesame seeds,  white sesame seeds,  dried cranberry, and dried apricot.”

Although celebrating the Mid-autumn Festival in the midst of a pandemic was challenging, many people in Western New York still found safe and creative ways to celebrate in 2020.

UBCI Announces Mid-autumn Festival Photo Contest and Online Celebration

The University at Buffalo Confucius Institute will host two events to celebrate the 2020 Mid-autumn Festival. During this time of social distancing, we hope you can participate in our online festival and send in your photos!

On October 2, 3:00-4:00 pm, the Confucius Institute will host a free online Zoom event with UB faculty and students talking about their experiences in China with the Mid-autumn Festival. Students will also have a chance to test their China knowledge with trivia and riddles. Click here for more information about this online event.

The Confucius Institute is also organizing a Mid-autumn Festival Photo Contest. Anyone is welcome send in photos of homemade mooncakes, awesome shots of the full moon on October 1, or other ways of celebrating the Moon Festival (in a socially-distanced manner).

Photos should be emailed to ubci@buffalo.edu for inclusion in our online Mid-autumn Festival album. Photos will be posted on our website and Facebook page. Confucius Institute hoodies or other prizes will be awarded for the best photos.

Click here for a photo contest flyer

For more information about either of these activities, call 716.645.9090 or email ubci@buffalo.edu.

Steven Hall of Nichols School Receives Award in Chinese Speech Competition

Chinese Bridge awardee Steven Hall of Nichols School, center, with Chinese friends in Wuhan, China.

 

September 3, 2020

The University at Buffalo Confucius Institute is pleased to announce that Steven J. Hall, a student at Nichols School in Buffalo, New York, received the Excellence Award (3rd place) for his participation in the 13th annual “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for High School Students, Eastern U.S. Region. In 2020, the competition was held remotely, with student contestants required to submit one video of a Chinese speech and a second video of a Chinese performance.

Steven is a senior at Nichols, where he has taken Chinese for seven years with teachers Rong Yan and Yajie Zhang. Steven was nominated for the competition by Mrs. Zhang on the basis of Nichols’ affiliation with the UB Confucius Institute.

Steven’s speech focused on explaining how the world is one global family, with all members helping each other in times of need. For the talent video, Steven sang “思念”, a song by Mao Amin, which tells the story of friends yearning to see each other after a long time apart. The song was chosen because of familiarity and Steven’s connection with friends in Wuhan, China.

Steven’s goal in taking Chinese is to further connect himself with the world by learning some of its most widely-spoken languages. He also wants to apply his Chinese language skills in his future career. He said, “The best way to learn about something is to fully immerse yourself in it: language, culture, and everything in between.”

The Eastern Regionals of the Chinese Bridge Proficiency Competition was organized in summer 2020 by the Education Office of the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in New York.

Welcome Message from UBCI Director Zhiqiang Liu

September 1, 2020

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As we set out on this most-unusual 2020-21 academic year, I want to update you on some new developments at the University at Buffalo Confucius Institute (UBCI).

We welcome Ruiyao (Grace) Wang as our interim associate director from Capital Normal University (CNU), UB’s Confucius Institute partner in Beijing. Professor Wang comes to UB from the College English Department at CNU, where she twice earned the Outstanding Teacher Award. Since January 2018, Professor Wang has served as a visiting professor teaching credit-bearing courses in the UB Chinese Language Program in the Department of Linguistics.

Professor Wang succeeds Huadong (Mark) Yin, who just completed a three-year term as associate director. During his tenure, Professor Yin worked tirelessly to expand opportunities for UB students in China, organize performance tours and other outreach activities, and provide reliable support for many UBCI activities. Professor Yin will be remembered for his incredible work ethic, excellent teaching, perceptiveness, and compassion. We wish him all the best as he returns to CNU and his family in Beijing.

We also welcome UBCI-sponsored visiting scholar Professor Eric Feng of Tsinghua University. He teaches two courses remotely this fall for the Department of Art: Basic Painting and Introduction to Chinese Art. We are sure that UB students can learn a great deal from this young and rising star in the field of Chinese art.

Several UBCI-sponsored academic conferences and lectures have been rescheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, we are still accepting proposals for the lecture series on China-related topics. The presentations can be associated with a scheduled course, part of a department lecture/seminar series, or a conference/symposium of interest to a department or the general public. UBCI can cover travel, accommodations and a modest honorarium for the invited speaker. For online events, besides an honorarium UBCI can cover allowable costs incurred by the department and the speaker.

This fall, UBCI has joined with Confucius Institutes in Ohio, Michigan, and Minnesota to form the Great Lakes Chinese Consortium. The Consortium is developing a weekly lunchtime presentation series (Thursdays at 12:30), a Distinguished Lecture Series, and teacher workshops. We are excited about upcoming presentations on Chinese film, language acquisition, festivals, literature, and American expats in China. If you would like to give a lecture or recommend a colleague to present, we welcome your ideas.

UBCI’s community Chinese language classes also will continue online until the pandemic eases. UBCI Chinese classes are designed for adult learners at the beginner through intermediate-advanced levels, with high school students welcome. We are delighted that some UB faculty are enrolled in the classes.

For those of you looking for language apps, news and analysis about China, and other resources, we encourage you to check out the resource sections of the UBCI website, which has been significantly updated this summer to provide more tools for online learning about Chinese language and culture. UBCI also has a small collection of books and videos. You are welcome to stop by and check them out.

Finally, our office generally will be staffed this semester Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 5:00 pm. Since we will have limited staff on-site, we suggest that you call or email in advance to make sure someone will be here to help you when you arrive (716.645.9090 / ubci@buffalo.edu).

We wish you all the best as you embark on this new and challenging year.

Zhiqiang Liu
Director

Learn Chinese at the UB Confucius Institute This Fall

The University at Buffalo Confucius Institute announces its fall schedule of Chinese language courses. Classes for students from beginner to advanced levels meet from 6:00-8:00 pm. Classes are designed for adult learners, with high school students welcome. Instruction emphasizes communication and develops speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.

All fall 2020 classes will begin online, as current precautions make it difficult to hold language classes in-person. We hope to resume in-person classes later in the fall or in 2021, but will only do so once most students are comfortable returning to the classroom.

If you are not sure which class is right for you, email ubci@buffalo.edu or call 716-645-9090.

Beginning Chinese, 1st semester
Mondays, starting September 14

Second-year Chinese, 1st semester
Tuesdays, starting September 15

Third-year Chinese, 1st semester
Wednesdays, starting September 16

Advanced Chinese, 1st semester
Thursdays, starting September 17

Cost: $300, includes materials
Some students may wish to purchase other accompanying textbooks.

Download a registration form

Register and pay online

Buffalo Students Awarded Confucius Institute Scholarships

Two students nominated by the University at Buffalo Confucius Institute (UBCI) have been awarded Confucius Institute Scholarships for the upcoming academic year. Jenny Simon, a 2019 graduate of the University at Buffalo (UB), and Hezekiah Thompson, a 2019 graduate of Cornell University, each received one-year scholarships to study at prestigious universities in China.

Confucius Institute Scholarship winner Jenny Simon

At UB, Simon was a double major in Linguistics and English Literature with minors in Asian Studies, Chinese and Education. She earned a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship in summer 2018 to study for eight weeks at the College of Humanities and Sciences of Northeast Normal University in Changchun, China, and also participated in a UB study abroad program at Capital Normal University in Beijing in 2016. After graduation, Simon received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to teach for a year in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

In conjunction with the Confucius Institute Scholarship, Simon was accepted as an international exchange student for 2020-2021 at East China Normal University in Shanghai.

Simon said, “I am so overjoyed to have been picked for a Confucius Institute Scholarship, which will allow me to continue studying Mandarin while immersing myself in Chinese society and culture.”

Confucius Institute Scholarship winner Hezekiah Thompson

In 2013, as a student at Williamsville North High School, Thompson participated in UBCI’s Chinese Bridge for High School Students summer exchange program in China, and later studied Chinese in UBCI’s community classes. After graduating from Williamsville North in 2014, Thompson attended Cornell University, where he received a bachelor of science degree in Civil Engineering in 2019 while maintaining proficiency in Chinese and taking up the study of Japanese. Since graduation, he has been working as a user interface designer and gaming artist as part of an online gaming development team.

Along with the Confucius Institute scholarship, Thompson was accepted as an international exchange student at Nanjing University for the 2020-21 academic year.

Thompson said, “Though we are all enduring difficult, uncertain times during this pandemic, I want to thank Nanjing University and the scholarship sponsor, Hanban, for extending this opportunity to me and UB’s Confucius Institute for supporting me throughout my language learning experience.”

Both students are in touch with their host universities to discuss options for enrolling for the fall semester or deferring their scholarships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Confucius Institute Scholarship program is sponsored by the Office of Chinese Language Council International (better known by the Chinese abbreviation “Hanban”). The program offers scholarships to international students at Chinese universities for a wide range of degree and non-degree academic programs, including PhD, masters, and bachelor degrees in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages and academic year, semester, and four-week programs to study Chinese language and culture.

Applications are still being accepted for spring semester 2021. Information on scholarship programs for 2021-22 will be available in early 2021.

See additional information about Confucius Institute scholarships.

Creating a Music Bridge to China

 

by Carly Beth

Carly Beth Hand (aka Carly Beth or 王韵蓝) is a popular singer, composer, and performer from Grand Island, New York, and a Chinese language student at the University at Buffalo Confucius Institute. The essay below was selected as a winner in the 2020 People to People Essay Competition sponsored by the  Confucius Institute U.S. Center.

One rainy evening in London, I was playing and singing my original songs alone in a university practice room. Out of nowhere, I heard a loud knock on the metal door. It was a Chinese acquaintance that I had spoken to briefly before. She must have heard my music through the walls, and asked to come in and listen. After hearing my songs, she was really excited, but I never expected what she would ask next.

“Would you like to livestream to China?” she asked. At this point I knew no Chinese, not even Nǐ hǎo. “What do you mean?” I questioned. She explained, “We can livestream you playing the piano and singing. I’m sure the Chinese audience would love you.”

Although hesitant at first, I decided to give it a try. The first livestream, I was behind a battered grand piano in a dark practice room, without a microphone, singing and chiming in Nǐ hǎo as many times as possible. I expected the livestream to do terribly, but by day three, we already had ten thousand live viewers! The comments were going crazy, showering me with positive words and compliments. I felt so grateful for this audience who loved my music, I promised myself I must come up with a way to thank them and communicate with them—and the first way was: to learn Chinese.

Those nights I went home and stayed up until four in the morning, teaching myself as many Chinese words as I could stuff into my brain. I was filled with exhilaration with the thought of communicating my gratefulness to them. I spent every afternoon live streaming with my Chinese friend. But when summer arrived, I needed to fly back home to New York. That meant I would now have to livestream without her. The problem was, if I could only speak a few sentences, how could I communicate with them? Well, I found out that week. The answer? Singing in Chinese!

My friend recommended I sing a very famous song in Chinese, 《后来》(Hòu lái). The second I listened to it, I had tears running down my face. I knew I had to learn this song. Within two weeks after learning how to say Nǐ hǎo, I learned how to sing the song by listening to it in slow motion and practicing my mouth gestures to get my pronunciation right. I even filmed the whole music video for the song right afterwards. When I sang the song and posted it to my fans, they were shocked and stunned. Although my pronunciation was not perfect, they were so happy to hear me, a foreigner, singing their language and showing love for their culture.

Learning Chinese wasn’t the only thing I stayed up until 4:00am for. I continued live streaming every day, often until 3:00am New York time so it was a convenient hour for viewers in China. I kept learning new Chinese songs and expanding my repertoire. Two months later, I had up to 110,000 viewers at once. My profile picture was on the front page of the app, and I was number one out of millions of broadcasters. The manager of the app contacted me sharing how much he loved my broadcast, and viewers revealed that my broadcasts helped them to feel happy again. I felt elated and so powerful that I was able to spread positivity to viewers. Then a crazy thing happened—an avid viewer virtually gifted me thousands of dollars over several months for singing her favorite songs and to support my career in China. I was stunned and forever grateful. I used the money to invest in my songs’ productions.

Later on, I started posting all of my videos to the app DouYin (抖音), the Chinese version of TikTok. Although it started off slow, in a few months, my videos started going viral with millions of views on DouYin.  Even Chinese acquaintances who barely knew me from my university in London started contacting me, telling me they found my videos on DouYin. Furthermore, Chinese people living in America, Canada, and Australia found me. It was like the whole world was coming together, because of music, sending me such positive messages that encouraged me to continue my Chinese music journey.

My avid viewer eventually found me on this app too.  As we became good friends, she invited me to China. I hadn’t been to China before, and this whole time I’d been only virtually connecting with Chinese people. She wanted to help me get started with my career in China and invited me to stay with her. Of course I said “Yes”! My mom and I flew the long magical trip to the other side of the earth. The minute I got there, I was immersed in Chinese culture. She taught me all about Chinese habits and eating styles, and I adapted immediately. It was so enlightening.

By now, while still posting on DouYin, I decided I wanted to release my own Chinese songs to my audience, something that had more of me in them. That’s when a little bit of magic happened from DouYin—it led me to a Chinese composer. He was looking for someone to sing his pop songs, and I was looking to sing them, (as I can’t write lyrics in Chinese yet). We met up and immediately hit it off musically. The Chinese composer and I decided to post some of his Chinese songs together. All of the Chinese fans loved them­—and begged us to create an album.

Throughout my journey, I often volunteered to sing and perform at the local Chinese community’s spring festivals and events. At one particular autumn concert, I was told about the Confucius Institute, and how great it is to learn Mandarin and Chinese culture with them. Up to this point, I had only been teaching myself Chinese, so I thought this would be a great idea—I’ll take two classes at once!

I was more than delighted to meet all of the amazing teachers at the Confucius Institute, Mark Yin/尹老师 and Wen Guo/郭老师, and experience an amazing community. Equipped with my new knowledge from the classes, I set off on my second trip to China. The purpose of this trip was to enhance my understanding of Chinese culture to help me prepare for the album I am working on. I visited Beijing, Xi’an, and Yinchuan. I met with a lot of inspiring people. We even met up with Annie (唐伯虎), a famous British-American singer who lives in China and sings in Chinese, and took a trip to GuYuan to watch her performance.

One of the songs we released this March was called 《江城旅人》 (Jiāng Chéng Lǚ Rén) also known as “River City Traveler” in response to the recent world pandemic, highlighting the city of Wuhan’s great qualities, and shedding light on all of the beautiful places there. The lyric: “春天就要来了,我想去找你看樱花” describes looking forward to the spring’s beauty, to represent a bright future, instead of the dark past.

Now that I’m creating an album with the composer, my aim is to show my love for Chinese culture through music. Because there are a lot of Chinese people living in the US, Canada, and all parts of the world, I really feel that this album can connect all people globally. Especially as a foreigner singing Chinese, I believe I can help spread the beauty of Chinese culture, language and music to the world’s ears. “独乐乐不如众乐乐 (dú yuè lè bù rú zhòng yuè lè). I’ll sing for you.

Heidi Schalberg’s Confucius Institute Story

Heidi Schalberg
Junior, Pioneer High School
Student, UB Confucius Institute Community Chinese Language Class

The following essay is Heidi Schalberg’s contribution to the My CI Story collection of essays written by students affiliated with the University at Buffalo Confucius Institute and published in December 2019.

Heidi Schalberg, in light blue hoodie, center, with classmates and teachers at the Confucius Institute in spring 2017.

I will always remember my time spent at the University at Buffalo Confucius Institute. The programs and events I participated in have had and continue to have a meaningful impact that cannot be found elsewhere. I will forever be a different person because of this community of people I have found. My knowledge of China and its language has increased, but I have also enjoyed learning about Chinese customs and culture. I wish I started sooner.

In September of 2016, I was 12 years old and starting off 7th grade. Like any kid, I was trying to find my place and who I was. I wasn’t athletic, and I’ve always had difficulty finding activities I enjoyed. I tried Girl Scouts, 4H, and club after club, but I felt I didn’t fit in anywhere. My pool of friends was small due to my introverted love of staying in my room and reading. I started taking Spanish in school, yet it was too early in the year to know if I really enjoyed it. I just wanted to find some extracurricular activity that I enjoyed.

I will never forget my mother proposing the idea of taking Mandarin. We were sitting at the dinner table when my mother discussed that she had been searching on the internet that day for something that I could participate in. Call it fate, luck, God, whatever you’d like, but what she found changed my life, and I will always be thankful. She discovered Mandarin Classes at the University at Buffalo every Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. Even though the semester already began, only one class had passed and the director whom my mother talked to said I could easily catch up. I was always interested in Chinese culture and I figured that the Confucius Institute was a great place to start.

I was glad that the class was for beginners because the only words I knew were “hello”, “thank you”, and “grandpa”. But my professor, Wen Guo, was kind, smart, and great at catering to the needs of her students. If I needed help, she would be willing to tutor me on the side or meet with me before class to catch me up with the material. My professor had mastered two difficult languages and knew every word from Coca-Cola to tiramisu.

However, my professor was not the only person I learned from at the Confucius Institute. There was an array of people, and it was enjoyable to learn about the backgrounds and journeys of my classmates. I had never been to China, but it was fascinating to learn their opinion of the country. It taught me that anyone can learn a language, no matter what age or stage of life. The classroom was small, yet cozy, and though I was worried about speaking in class, I felt comfortable.

I will never forget the first sentence I memorized in Chinese. It was Hěn gāoxìng jiàn dào nǐ, which means “Happy to meet you.” I remember waking up one day and I couldn’t stop repeating this sentence to myself. However, at the time, I had no idea what this phrase meant. Even though I have learned so much through the years, I have made myself never forget “Happy to meet you” because, at such a young age, I found out what my brain could do.

I have continued to take classes for the next three years, enjoying every moment. In my second year of taking Mandarin, I decided to take the HSK exam. I doubted my abilities but studied and took my HSK in December of 2017. After receiving news in January that I had passed the HSK, I felt accomplished and I had proof. Maybe I didn’t receive any sports trophies as a child, but I have this, and I am proud of it.

The best part of the Confucius Institute is the impact it had on me at school and at home. I had something to talk about with other kids and my teachers realized that I was a student who loved learning. Years later kids still come up to me in class and ask me to say something in Mandarin. I stood out as the kid who was studying Chinese in college. My family members are proud of how far I have come along and have encouraged me to try my best at everything I do. “Thank you” and “You’re welcome” in Mandarin continue to be used in my household to this day.

It was also entertaining to find out different facts in class about Chinese culture, like how you should never write someone’s name in red. No matter what, my professor would never write a student’s name in red. I enjoyed learning about how there were places bigger than where I lived. Everyone knows that the earth is large, but you don’t truly know how large it is until you learn about another country and the people who live there.

Even though my HSK and years of practice will probably only end up on a resume, I have no regrets. On my first day of class, we listened to a song in Chinese where someone sang about how their Mandarin wasn’t very good, but they were trying. I think everyone should at least try to learn a different language and visit that country. You don’t have to be fluent, just try your best. I am nowhere near perfect at speaking Mandarin, but after 3 years of class, I learned that I don’t have to be. If I go to China and show an effort in their language, they will try and help me find my way. This may come as a shock, but I do plan to go to China someday.

Confucius Institute invites lecture/seminar proposals for 2020-21

Call for Lecture/Seminar Proposals
AY 2020-2021

The University at Buffalo Confucius Institute (UBCI) invites UB faculty, departments, centers and institutes to recommend scholars or practitioners in China-related fields to give lectures or similar presentations in fall 2020 and spring 2021.

Presentations could be associated with a scheduled course, part of a department lecture/seminar series, or a conference/symposium of interest to a department or the general public. Presentations must be focused on a China-related topic (even if a course or conference is of a more general nature). In the past few years, UBCI sponsored 8 to 10 such events per year.

UBCI can cover travel, accommodations and a modest honorarium for the invited speaker. For online events, UBCI can cover allowable costs incurred by the department or the speaker and assist with publicity and logistical support, as needed.

To nominate a speaker for the academic year 2020-21 Confucius Institute Lecture Series, please email Director Zhiqiang Liu (zqliu@buffalo.edu) or call 645-9090 with questions.

UBCI also welcomes proposals for China-related conferences and symposia at UB for calendar year 2021. Click here for more information.

 

UPDATED! Online summer courses offered by Capital Normal University

Please note that the announcement below has been revised from the original posting last week to reflect a change in program dates and application deadline, specific class meeting times, and a reduction in the cost of the program.

The University at Buffalo’s Confucius Institute partner in Beijing, Capital Normal University (CNU), is offering intensive online courses in August 2020 for non-heritage speakers and Chinese language teachers. Courses will be in session approximately 10 hours per week, at a cost of 2,550 RMB, or about US$365.

Read the announcement from CNU below or visit https://studyinbeijing.cnu.edu.cn/admissions/program/shorttermprogram/index.htm for more information about course content, registration and fees.

I. Brief Introduction to Capital Normal University
Capital Normal University (CNU) is one of the first 23 universities qualified for Chinese language teaching for international students in China, dating back to 1965. The university enrolls approximately 2,500 international students for long-term and short-term programs every year.

To date, CNU has set up 5 Confucius Institutes, 2 independent Confucius Classrooms and 1 Coordination Office for Confucius Classrooms, namely: Confucius Institute at Saint-Petersburg State University in Russia, Confucius Institute at the University of Venice in Italy, Confucius Institute at the University of Piura in Peru, Confucius Institute at the State University of New York at Buffalo in the United States, Confucius Institute of Bremen in Germany, Independent Confucius Classroom at Hungarian-Chinese Bilingual School in Hungary, Independent Confucius Classroom at Luxor University in Egypt, and Coordination Office for Confucius Classrooms in Minnesota in the United States.
 
II. Program Introduction
In order to better meet the needs of overseas Chinese language learners, CNU integrates high-quality teaching resources via online platform and offers the following short-term programs:
1. Intensive Training Program
(1) Prospective students:
The program is mainly for international students whose mother tongues are not Chinese and hope to improve Chinese in a short time.
Age: 15 – 60, in good health.
(2) Time for Application / Study:
Application deadline: July 31, 2020
Study period: August 3-28, 2020
Class meeting time: 20:00-21:30 (Beijing time) / 8:00-9:30 AM (Eastern Time)
Note: Specific curriculum will be announced after admission.
(3) Teaching Objectives:
After 4 weeks of training, learner’s Chinese level will be improved significantly.
Beginner Class: master basic daily conversational abilities
Elementary Class: pass HSK 3
Advanced Class: pass HSK 4
(4) Curriculum Arrangement
Students will be assigned into different classes according to placement tests.
(5) Teaching Arrangement
5 classes, 10 hours per week, 40 hours total, 2 credits
2. Chinese Teacher Training Program
(1) Prospective Students:
Overseas Chinese teachers who have teaching experience or native speakers who have certain foundation of Chinese language and literature and intend to work on Chinese teaching.
Age: 18 – 60 years, in good health
(2) Time for Application / Study
Application deadline: July 31
Study period: August 5-25
Class meeting time: 20:00-21:30 (Beijing time) / 8:00-9:30 AM (Eastern Time)
(3) Teaching Objectives
After short-term systematic training and teaching discussion, learners will refresh teaching theories, improve teaching skills, perfect knowledge structures and enhance culture transmission ability.
(4) Curriculum Arrangement
This program use “Module Training” to formulate teaching plans according to the features and needs of learners. Those modules include Chinese Culture, Language Elements, Course Teaching, Teaching Theories and Methods, Subjects Teaching.
(5) Teaching Arrangement
5 classes, 10 hours per week, 30 hours total, 2 credits
 
III. Teaching Form
Online platforms: ZOOM, Tencent Meeting, Confucius Institute Online, etc.
 
IV. Tuition
Enrollment Fee: RMB 450
Tuition: RMB 2100
At least 10 students are required to open the class.
 
V. Application Procedure
1. Log in the registration system for international students of CNU: https://cnu.17gz.org/ . Fill in personal information and upload application materials.
2. Finish the language test for placement test, join in the Wechat group and take part in the live audition lesson.
3. Pay the registration fee online. Tuition can be paid through bank transfer. Please upload payment voucher in time.
4. After receiving the verifying information of successful payment, learners can start the course.
 
VI. Preparation for Class
Please download Wechat APP and register an account. Make sure the email or other contact ways are available.
 
VII. Certificate
CNU will issue Certificate of Completion and transcript (both are scanning versions) to the students attending the programs. Students with excellent performance can be admitted first and receive scholarship if they apply for diploma courses of Capital Normal University.
 
VIII. Contact Us
Office of International Students Affairs
Address: 
R. 112 & 113, South building, International Culture Plaza, NO. 83 Xi San Huan Bei Lu, Haidian District, Beijing, China
Zip Code: 

100089

Phone No.: 
+86-10-68902656 (Japanese/English/Chinese);
+86-10-68902651 (English/Chinese)
+86-10-68902025 (Korean/Chinese);  
+86-10-68901738 (English/Chinese).
Fax: 
86-10-68900173;86-10-68416837
E-mail: 
cie@cnu.edu.cn
Website: 
http://studyinbeijing.cnu.edu.cn 
http://cie.cnu.edu.cn