University of Iowa

Iowa City Adult (Age 14 and up) Courses Fall 2018

Survival Chinese start dates: Fall 2018 TBA

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: 5:30-7:00 pm (8 classes) Tuesdays

Session 1: August 21-October 9, 2018

Session 2: October 23-December 18, 2018 (no classes on November 20)

Location: TBA
Fees: Tuition is $90 and textbook fee is $25. 

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Introduction to Chinese I- III 

This is a three-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 Mondays and Wednesdays (5 weeks/10 classes at each level)
Level I August 22- September 26 (No classes on September 3; Open for registration)
Level II October 1-October 31 

Instructor: TBA
Fees: Tuition is  $100 each level and textbook fee is $75 for each new set. 

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Intermediate Chinese for returning students

This is a three level intermediate Chinese classes for students who have completed Intermediate Chinese I-III with CI in previous classes or equivalent. 

Class schedule
Location: 626 Phillips Hall
Instructor: TBA
Fees: Tuition is $100 for every 10 classes and textbook fee is $75 for every new set.

Interested in online tutoring? Please complete a background survey and contact us at for more information.

To enroll, please deliver or mail your enrollment form and payment to Xi Ma, 1120 A UCC, Iowa City IA 52242

Iowa City Youth (age 6-13) Courses 

Chinese Names Pronunciation Workshop

A one-hour workshop which serves as an introduction to Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin), covering the romanization system-- Pinyin, tones, and greetings in Chinese. Participants will learn about the development of Pinyin, practice all consonant and vowel sounds with tips on how to produce them accurately, and further practice the four major Chinese tones using Chinese names as examples. Useful daily expressions and greetings will also be introduced.  Please contact to schedule.

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.