Community Language Courses

Iowa City Adult (Age 14 and up) Courses:  Fall 2014 classes at a glance


Survival Chinese

This is an introductory course in Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin) language and designed for tourists and exchanges students who are interested in learning to speak basic Chinese for functional purposes. Students will be introduced to: 1) A brief overview of the Chinese language system; 2)     Useful expressions in daily conversations; 3) Culture performances and products to better understand and communicate in China. 

Course schedule:  Thursday 5:30 pm-7:00 pm  

Oct. 30-Jan. 8 (8 weeks, no class 11/27, 12/25 or 1/1; Open for registration)

Location: 1124 UCC

Fees: Tuition fee $89 and textbook fee $50

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Business Chinese I and II

This is a  two-level introductory Business course that focuses on regular formulas and etiquette. It is designed for students involved in Business transactions with Chinese connections. It provides the learners with practical, motivating business Chinese materials reflecting real world business language and culture. Through introduction of basic business vocabulary and phrases, students will learn to communicate with the Chinese business community in Mandarin Chinese and be able to compare and contrast the similarities and differences between the Chinese and Western culture in the business world. 

Class Schedule: Tuesday 5:30-7:00 pm

Level I (underway): September 2-Oct 21 (8 weeks);

Level II (Open for registration) Oct 28-Jan 6, (8 weeks, no class 11/25, 12/30)

Location:1124 UCC

Fees: Tuition fee $89 and textbook fee $25

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Introduction to Chinese I and II

This is a two-level introductory course in Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin) language for beginners who have little or no previous Chinese learning experience. It covers basic phonetics, vocabulary, grammar and practice on listening, speaking, reading and writing skills with a focus on learners' functional language ability. Introduction to Chinese culture will be integrated in our curriculum.

Class schedule: 5:30-6:45 pm, Monday and Wednesdays

Level I: Sept 3-Oct 6 (Underway), 5 weeks, 10 classes

Level II: Oct 8- Nov 10 (Open for registration) 5 weeks, 10 classes

Location: 114 PH

Fees: Tuition is  $100 each level and textbook fee is $75. 

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 Download Enrollment Form: Fall Enrollment Form

Distance Learning Opportunities TBA

Questions: email xi-ma@uiowa.edu  

Family Class-Iowa City Youth (age 6-13) Courses 

Johnson County Senior Center Discount

Members of the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center receive a 10% discount off of all Confucius Institute per session course tuition fees.