The University of Iowa

New community Chinese courses starting in January

December 30th, 2014

Are you heading to China for business, interested in learning the basics of Chinese language, or just want to try a new form of exercise or relaxation? Consider enrolling in one of the many community courses offered by the Confucius Institute!

The Confucius Institute at the University of Iowa will offer several courses starting in January. See below for course descriptions. More information is available on the Confucius Institute website or by emailing

Taiji Level I


Tuesdays, Jan. 13 to Feb. 10 (5 classes)
6:40-7:40 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre
Cost: Free! (no materials needed)

A mind-body practice known for increasing flexibility, relaxation and overall health also known as tai chi or tai qi. Beginners welcome. Enrollment is open to ages 13 and up. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult (though the adult does not have to participate). All students must register and sign a waiver to participate in this course. Additional Information and Registration

Business Chinese I

shaking hands

Tuesdays, Jan. 20 to March 10 (8 sessions)
5:30-7:00 pm in 1124 University Capitol Centre
Cost: Tuition $89 and Textbook $25

This is an introductory course designed for students involved in business transactions with Chinese connections that provides 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.

Intro to Chinese

two girls giving presentation

Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 21 to Feb. 23 (5 weeks, 10 classes)
5:30-6:45 p.m. in Phillips Hall (Room TBD)
Cost:  Tuition $100 and Textbook $75

This is an introductory course of 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.

Survival Chinese Community Language

two students talking while sitting on grass

Thursdays, Jan. 22 to March 12 (8 sessions)
5:30-7:00 p.m. in 1124 University Capitol Centre
Cost: Tuition $89 and Textbook $50

Are you traveling to China? Receiving guests from China? Do you have business connections with Chinese companies? Are you planning to study abroad in China? Survival Chinese may be perfect for you. Learn basic pronunciation, useful expressions for daily conversation and gain more understanding about Chinese culture.

Family Mandarin Classes (Level I and II)

children learning Chinese

Sundays, Jan. 25 to April 26 (12 sessions, no class March 13 or April 19)
1:45-2:30 p.m. (Level I), 12:45-1:30 p.m. (Level II) in 1117 University Capitol Centre
Cost: Tuition $100/family and Textbook available for optional purchase

Enrollment is open to children 6-13 and their parent, grandparent or guardian

Level I: This level is open for those who haven't learned Mandarin through regular classroom instruction or haven't finished three semesters of classes with the Confucius Institute. The curriculum is developed based on topic units including: greetings and introduction, numbers and age, weather and seasons, traditional Chinese and American festivals, colors, family, clothing, etc. To develop the learners' interests and expand their knowledge on Chinese language and culture, various types of activities will be adopted, including games, songs, story-telling, role-play, and craft projects. Chinese writing system will be introduced in this class.

Level II: This is a class open for the returning students with parents who have completed at least three semesters of study with the Confucius Institute. We will continue learning the Chinese language and culture through thematic units and story-based lessons. We will further explore topics of previous lessons and introduce new vocabulary, sentence patterns, and short dialogs. 

Additional Information and Registration

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Erin Mullins in advance at 319-335-3857.