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MTSU offers Chinese language, cultural enrichment courses for children, adults

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Middle Tennessee State University will offer “After School at the Confucius Institute”on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, in Room 106 of Peck Hall.

Classes will be held from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. on the Murfreesboro campus.

“After School” is a language and cultural enrichment program designed for children ages 6 to 12. It introduces the Chinese language and the colorful culture of China. According to organizers' reports, the teacher is a native speaker of Chinese with a master’s degree in language teaching and many years of experience teaching language to young children.

The classes will focus on basic conversation, entry-level vocabulary and writing Chinese characters. Students will become familiar with the language and develop communication skills through traditional and nontraditional teaching and activities such as songs, crafts and games.

In addition to “After School,” 12 sessions each of Children’s Chinese I and II and 12 sessions each of Adult Beginning Chinese I and II are slated for9-11 a.m. SaturdaysstartingJan 21, 2012.

Tuition for Children’s Chinese I and II and Adult Beginning Chinese I and II is $150. Tuition for “After School,” including materials, is $275.

About MTSU's Confucius Institute

The Confucius Institute is named after Confucius (551-478 B.C.), whose philosophy and teaching have influenced China and other East Asian countries for more than 2,500 years. The Confucius Institute at MTSU was established in partnership with Hangzhou Normal University of China, with the sponsorship and authorization of the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban), under the Ministry of Education, China.

The mission of the Confucius Institute at Middle Tennessee State University is to enhance the understanding of Chinese language and culture, facilitate engagement with China and create opportunities for exchange and collaboration between communities in Tennessee and China. The Institute seeks to become a hub for China-related activities and a resource center for Chinese language, history, contemporary society and culture.

Class registration/more info: For more information about the classes, email cimtsu@mtsu.edu or call the Confucius Institute at 615-494-8696.

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