Chinese Classes and Activities Schedule for Fall 2015

The Confucius Institute is glad to announce the Chinese classes and activities for Fall 2015. We offer classes to all UD affiliated faculty, professionals, staff and their spouses as well as alumni. Non-credit classes are open to the general public. Children are not eligible to participate in this program.

Class size is limited to 20 people; registration will take place on a first-come, first-served basis. The Confucius Institute reserves the right to cancel any classes due to student shortage.

Chinese language classes (Practical Level 1, 2, 3) are open to UD faculty/staff/spouse/alumni. Culture classes and activities are open to the general public.

Please complete this on-line registration form, or follow the instruction below to register the culture classes.

Confucius Institute Class Schedule – Fall 2015

  • Chinese Corner
    Mondays from September 14 to December 7  for 12 weeks.
    Open to the general public. All are welcome. Send email to to register.
    (Program does not hold on Monday Nov. 23 due to Thanksgiving Holiday)
    Time: 5:00-6:00 PM
    Location: Conference Room at the CI building
    121 E Delaware Avenue, Newark, DE 19711
    Instructor: Mr. Ji Wu
  • Chinese Level 1 for faculty/staff/alumni
     from September 8 to December 1 for 12 weeks.
    (Class does not meet on Nov. 24 due to Thanksgiving Holiday)
    Time:  5:15- 6:30 PM
    Classroom: Purnell Hall 235
    Instructor: Ms. Jinzhi Liu
  • Chinese Level 2 for faculty/staff/alumni
     from September 9 to December 2 for 12 weeks.
    (Class does not meet on Nov. 25 due to Thanksgiving Holiday)
    Time:  5:15- 6:30 PM
    Classroom: Memorial Hall 122
    Instructor: Ms. Jinzhi Liu
  • Chinese Level 3 for faculty/staff/alumni
    from September 8 to December 1 for 12 weeks.
    (Class does not meet on Nov. 24 due to Thanksgiving Holiday)
    Time:  5:15- 6:30 PM
    Classroom: Purnell Hall 236
    Instructor: Mr. Ji Wu
  • pekingoperaIntroduction to Peking Opera
    Open to the general public. All are welcome. Send email to to register.
     from September 10 to December 3 for 12 weeks.
    (Class does not meet on Nov. 26 due to Thanksgiving Holiday)
    Time:  5:15- 6:30 PM
    Classroom: Memorial Hall 122
    Instructor: Ms. Yan Wang
  • Chinese Movie Club
    Open to the general public. All are welcome. Send email to to register.
    Wednesdays every two weeks from September 6 to December 2 for 7 weeks.
    Time: 5:007:00 PM
    Location: Conference Room at the CI building
    121 E Delaware Avenue, Newark, DE 19711
    Instructor: Mr. Ji Wu


UD NSLIY Group Visited Beijing

As part of the culture excursions to enhance the study of Chinese society, the UD NSLIY visited the Great Wall on August 7. Inspired by the Chinese familiar saying “You are not a hero unless you have successfully climbed the Great Wall,” all the students made hard efforts to reach the summit of the Mutianyu Great Wall, one of the most spectacular and physically challenging parts of the Great Wall. “It’s indeed great!” Bryce Fan was quoted as saying.

On August 6, the students visited the Olympic Village and were impressed by the grandiose of Bird’s Nest and Water Cubic (China’s National Swimming Pool).

On August 9 the students met with Wang Bin, one of the renowned filmmakers in China. As one of the most successful screenplay writers in the country, Wang Bin has collaborated with world-famous film director Zhang Yimou to produce such influential films as “Ju Dou,” “To Live,” “Raise the Red Lantern,” “Not One Less,” “Hero”, and “Fearless.” The students discussed Wang’s films, with particular reference to “Hero.” Wang Bin commented on contemporary Chinese films, the relation between films and society, the problematic of recent Chinese movies, as well as his prediction of what Chinese films will be like in the years to come. It was a lively gathering!

UD NSLIY met with the United Nations officials and diplomats in Xiamen

On July 31, the UD NSLIY students had a cross-cultural gathering with a group of the United Nations officials and diplomats, who were visiting Xiamen University, to share their experience of Chinese learning and their insights about Chinese culture and society. The students staged a joyful performance, all in Chinese, about their life in China, which attracted a large audience from campus community. The gathering was televised by Xiamen TV Station on the evening of July 31 in its prime time.

UD NSLIY Program Features “Buddy Activity” on A Daily Basis

One of the important features of the UD NSLIY is “Buddy Activity,” during which our students meet with Chinese students from local high schools twice a week to chat about differences and similarities between American and Chinese schools, their dreams and learn Chinese dances, songs, paintings, etc. On July 28, “buddies” met again to discuss Peking Opera and learned to paint Peking Opera masks and make puppet figures for “shadow play,” a traditional theatrical form popular in southern Fujian province. They truly had a lot of fun!

Painting a Peking Opera mask

Pose with Peking Opera masks

Shadow Puppet is fanscinating

Our New Home

By Ann Williams

July 22, 2015

“我不知道,我听不懂,请再说一遍,” (I don’t know, I don’t understand, can you please repeat?) is what I feel I am saying over and over again! However, lots of laughter, lots of hand gestures, and lots of patience from both me and my incredible host family are helping break through the language barrier. This barrier is actually considerably easy to ignore, if you can avoid stressing out about getting your meaning across and instead focus on the great times you are having together, whether you’re playing cards, making dumplings, or giving gifts, as NSLI-Y students have done the past two days with their host families. Yesterday our Chinese parents welcomed us with open arms and today has been no different as they continue to bend over backwards to make sure we’re comfortable.

Even though we part in the afternoon, NSLI-Y students come together again each day in the morning starting with class and ending with tutoring. This week, we are learning paper cutting, calligraphy, and the popular Little Apple dance that stormed Chinese media not too long ago. These activities are not only incredibly fun but also add more depth to our intense learning of everything about Chinese culture. NSLI-Y students definitely feel, now more than ever, as if they are definitely a part of China while they stay with their host families.

In the second day of this new lifestyle, while many things are new and different, on more than one occasion I was struck with a strange familiarity of my own home in America. When my host mom brought out bokchoy as a dish of my delicious welcome feast yesterday, I discovered she had prepared it exactly as my own mother does—sautéed with garlic. After we ate, we sat in the living room and talked together—about my hometown, my family, and about how hard my host dad’s dialect is to understand. Even though I was struggling to understand half of what what was being said, I felt a strange comfort in being together and laughing and joking, just as I would in my own home. The language barrier did not block any of the welcome that my new family was giving me. I continue to be excited every day for a chance to practice what I’m learning and observe and discover even more about China, a place I am so unfamiliar with but strangely, feels like home.

David and Andy proudly show their paper cutting works-in-progress

Caroline and her host sister smile happily

Henry watches intently as his family helps him make tea.

UD NSLIY Participant Wrote about Her Homestay Experience

By Anna Rempe

July 26, 2015

After a week in homestay, I have become accustomed to my family’s routine. When I joined this program, I assumed that I would only have one sibling, but I soon discovered that I had been lucky enough to join a family that had two adorable (evidence below) girls! The eldest has a lot of patience with my inability to understand her a good portion of the time. My host parents have been unbelievably kind. I am sure feeding a vegetarian has not been the most convenient for them, but they have excelled at preparing dishes.

At first, awkward lulls in conversation occurred frequently: I did not know what to say or what to ask – even if I could use English. However, conversation has become less awkward, excluding the times when I cannot understand what they say, and we have had many interesting discussions. They told me of their interest in moving to California and asked many questions about America and American schools. Although I certainly spoke in choppy sentences with horrendous grammar, they understood my meaning. This has forced me to think of creative ways to explain what I do not understand which has undoubtedly improved my Charade skills. On the way to school, I often ask my dad how to say something I see. After saying the Chinese word, he asks me how to say it in English. Together we have improved our vocabulary.

While I frequently talked to my parents and older sister, the younger sister took a while to warm up to me. Although she frequently talked with her sister, she rarely spoke directly to me. However, one day while beginning my homework in my bedroom, my youngest sister peeked around the corner into my room. She hesitated outside, until I told her to come sit on my bed. She seemed upset, but would not explain why. I asked her if she wanted to hear some of the Chinese story I had to read for homework. After a while, she still seemed upset, so I asked her if she wished to draw. A few stars in she returned to her cheerful self and proceeded to introduce me to her many stuffed animals – one featured in the picture above. Later, she showed me a card she had received for her birthday. I think we bonded over our ability to read the characters for happy birthday, and inability to read the rest of the card.

Although I learned in the most uncomfortable way the meaning of 蚊子 wen2 zi (mosquito), I truly wish I could stay in this home longer.

UD NSLIY Participants Moved into Host Families

Homestay is an important component of the UD NSLIY Summer Institute. The two-week homestay (July 20-August 6) helps students experience the everyday life of ordinary Chinese people on first-hand basis. Located within a 10-20 minutes distance from Xiamen University, the host families were carefully selected and screened. The cross-cultural experience features, among others, “at-home Chinese tutoring”, interactive cultural activities, “cultural chats”, “a bite of Chinese food culture”, “meeting with people in the neighborhood”, etc. “It’s indeed an excellent activity,” student Samara Schuman was quoted as saying.

UD NSLIY Highlights: Warriors of Lion Dance

Lion Dance is a traditional folk dance in Chinese culture. Often performed on holidays, it adds festivity and joyfulness to cultural events. In partnership with Lion Dance Club of Xiamen University, on July 24 UD NSLIY organized a special workshop for the students to learn how to dance. Curious yet enthusiastic about this important aspect of Chinese folk performing arts, all the students fully engaged in the one-hour workshop, learning how to jump gracefully and keep a rhythmic movement. Difficult though Lion Dance is, our students proved to be quick learners and were able to perform some basic dance patterns, winning applaud from the audience.


Upcoming: 2015 Washington Taiji (Tai Chi) Festival and Forum April 24-25

tian-2014-taijifestivalJoining several local organizations and fan clubs in the Washington metropolitan area, the CIUD presents the 4th Washington Taiji (Tai Chi) Festival (太极节)and the Washington Taiji Forum (太极论坛). Join us if you are Tai Chi practitioner or enthusiast. The event is open free to the public. FREE REGISTRATION CLICK HERE.

Taiji Festival 太极节: Saturday, April 25, 2015
Location: Carderock Recreation Shelter, C&O Canal National Park, Potomac, Maryland 20854
One mile west to the American Legion Bridge of the Capital Beltway (I-495, Exit 41) and between Clara Barton Parkway and the Potomac River.

10:00 -11:45: Daily Taiji Routines 相约练太极
11:45-13:00: Picnic 太极拳友共野餐(Lunch $10 each, 午餐10 元一份)
13:00 – 13:30: VIP Greetings 贵宾讲话
13:30 – 18:00: Taiji Performances 太极表演(名家风范百花齐放)

taijifan-2014Taiji Forum 太极论坛: Sunday, April 26, 2015
Location: The Auditorium of the Council Office Building (COB), 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, Maryland 20850


9:00 – 9:30 Review and Plan for 2016 WTFF 总结2015,展望2016 Free Breakfast 免费早餐
9:30 – 12:00 1st Session 论坛上半场
12:00-13:00 Lunch Break 午餐(Lunch $8 or less each, 午餐一份不超过8 元)
13:00 – 15:45 2nd Session 论坛下半场
15:45 – 16:00: Closing Remarks 闭幕致辞


Rescheduled: China Forum Lecture about Kung Fu and Confucianism on April 20, 2015

The following event is RESCHEDULED to April 20, 2015.

The Confucius Institute cordially invites you to a new “China Forum” lecture on Tuesday, April 20, 2015 on UD campus.

Professor Peimin Ni, former President of the Association of Chinese Philosophers in America and the Society of Asian and Comparative Philosophy, and Editor-in-Chief of the ACPA book series on Chinese and Comparative Philosophy, will talk about “A Gongfu Interpretation of Confucianism and Its Significance Beyond“.

ni-book-coverPeimin Ni is Professor of Philosophy at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. He was a graduate from Fudan University in China and received his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. In addition to be the author of seven books, including On Confucius, On Reid, Confucius—Making the Way Great, and a forthcoming book, Understanding the Analects of Confucius: A New Translation of the Lunyu with Annotations, he published over 60 articles in academic journals, books, and public media. His New York Times articles “Kung Fu for Philosophers” and “Philosophers for Kung Fu” (Dec. 2010) marked his signature contribution to the study of Chinese philosophy and philosophy proper. He is a former President of the Association of Chinese Philosophers in America and the Society of Asian and Comparative Philosophy, and Editor-in-Chief of the ACPA book series on Chinese and Comparative Philosophy. He served as a visiting professor at the University of Hawaii and the University of Hong Kong, and was invited to be a keynote speaker at World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations” and several other international conferences.

Please mark your calendar for this lecture:

Date: Monday April 20, 2015
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Location: Kirkbride Hall (KRB) 205
Direction and parking info for Kirkbride Hall:

Light refreshments and beverages will be provided after the event. The event is open to the public for FREE.