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.

Program:
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

Program:

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

ALL ARE WELCOME! THE EVENTS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FOR FREE.

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: http://maps.rdms.udel.edu/map/index.php?id=NW65

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

Chinese Bridge Summer Camp application deadline extended to March 11, 2015.

2015 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp Flyer-extendedThe application deadline for the 2015 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp is extended to next Wednesday March 11, 2015. Please make sure you submit your application to the CI office before the due date. Applications are accepted via either email at confucius@udel.edu (scanned copies) or regular mail to the Confucius Institute at the University of Delaware, 121 E Delaware Ave, Newark, DE 19711.

Application information see HERE.

Questions please call (302)831-7190/7188.

Teaching Chinese Through TPRS Workshop on March 21-22, 2015

TPRS-POSTERAre you currently a Chinese teacher? Or do you want to become one? The Confucius Institute at the University of Delaware and the Delaware Chinese Teachers Association (DECTA) present a Chinese Language Pedagogy Training Workshop, featuring “Teaching Chinese Through TPRS” with Dr. Terry Waltz.

Dr. Waltz has specialized in TPRS and Comprehensible Input-based instruction for Mandarin Chinese since 2000, and is the leading Mandarin Chinese TPRS specialist presenter in the US today. She serves as the TPRS Lead Teacher and Trainer at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa’s STARTALK program. Dr. Waltz is the author numerous TPRS-friendly 1st and 2nd year level-appropriate Chinese readers, including the Zhongwen Bu Mafan! Textbook. She is the originator of directional semantic/tonal gestures, the TOP system of tonal spelling, and the Cold Character Reading approach to Chinese literacy for CSL/CFL learners. Dr. Waltz holds a Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education and dual MA degrees in Chinese Linguistics and Mandarin/English Conference Interpretation.

Dates: March 21-22, 2015
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Purnell Hall 116 on the University of Delaware Campus
Direction and parking instruction to Purnell Hall can be found here.

The workshop is open to the University of Delaware students and employees and DECTA member for FREE and $20 per person for other parties. Workshop certificate will be issued. Seats are limited. Register now below.

Chinese Corner and Chinese Movie Club at the CI

The Confucius Institute is proud to announce two programs to the general public for anyone who is interested in learning Chinese language through conversation or Chinese culture in movies : a weekly Chinese Corner and a bi-weekly Chinese Movie Club.

chinesecornerThe Chinese Corner program mainly focuses on conversations. It was first launched in January 2014 and just held its 35th session on the past Monday Feb. 23rd, 2015. The CI has decided to expand the program to more UD and community Chinese learners. Each session lasts about an hour and has either a topic, or a sentence structure, or a story-telling assignment for the participants to practice. Some examples of past topics include weather, directions, seasons, colors, geography, the word “了(le)”, “谁(who)”, “什么(what)”, “怎样(How)” and etc. We try to arrange individual Chinese native speakers as language partners for the participants. The current language partner and participant ratio is 1:2.

Chinese Corner program takes place on every MONDAY between 5:00 and 6:00 pm in the Confucius Institute Conference Room at 121 E Delaware Avenue. The next evetn day is Monday March 2. Space limit: 15 people.

screening-clipart-movie-clip-art-3The Chinese Movie Night program focuses on contemporary  Chinese culture through motion pictures (movies or documentaries).  Each session lasts about two hours with a brief background introduction at the beginning and a a discussion session after the movie. Example of choices of movies to be shown include many less popular in the western market but influential ones in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong or the east Asia such as Ang Lee’s 1993 movie “The Wedding Banquet, Xiaogang Feng’s 2001 movie “Big Shot’s Funeral”。

Chinese Movie Club program takes place on every other WEDNESDAY from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in the Confucius Institute Conference Room at 121 E Delaware Avenue. The next event day is Wednesday Feb 25th. Space limit: 15 people.

Both programs are open FREE to the community. Since space is limited, registration at least two days prior to the event day is REQUIRED. Please direct all regitration to Mr. Ji Wu at wuji@udel.edu.

Celebrate the Year of Goat with the Confucius Institute

goatThe Confucius Institute and the Chinese Students and Scholars Association invite the University of Delaware campus community and the public to a special celebration of the Chinese New Year — the Year of the Goat (or Sheep) — on Sunday, February 22, in Mitchell Hall on UD’s Newark campus.

This year, the Chinese New Year fell on Thursday, February 19th, to start the Year of Goat in the Chinese zodiac.

On Sunday, starting from 6:30 p.m., an evening of traditional and modern Chinese New Year festivities will be presented in Mitchell Hall.

Tickets available online starting 12pm on Monday Feb. 16th, 2015 at http://udcssasf2015.eventbrite.com. Prices vary at $20, $15, $10 and $5 per person. Online booking processing fee may apply.  Limited tickets are also available at the door.

The Confucius Institute is organizing several events in collaboration with campus and local schools and communities during the Chinese New Year month to celebrate the biggest traditional festival this year.

Co-organizing with the Delaware Chinese American Association, the community Chinese Spring Festival Gala with be held on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 2-4 p.m. at John Dickinson High School. The event is free and open to public.

Co-organizing with the Delaware State University, the Greater Dover Chinese New Year Gala will be held on Sunday Feb. 22 from 2-4:30 p.m. at EH Theater at DSU.

More information please call 302-831-7188 or 7190.

2015 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for American High School Students Now Is Open for Application

Looking for something cool and special this summer? Visit China and explore the different but exciting language and culture!

1The 2015 “Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for American High School Students” now is open to all 9th to 12th graders in the DE/PA/MD tri-state area for application. The summer camp is sponsored by Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters in cooperation with the Confucius Institute at the University of Delaware for high school students to experience Chinese language and culture in China in the summer of 2015.

Camp Dates: July 16th to July 31th, 2015 (tentative)

Camp Destination Cities: Beijing and another city (your choice about either Chinese history, ethnic minorities, folk arts or martial arts)

Qualifications:

Students shall meet the following qualifications:

(1) U.S. Citizenship;
(2) Aged between 14 and 18 and enrolled in grades 9 to 12;
(3) Chinese is not the first language and has less than 3 years of Chinese learning experience;
(4) Excellent academic record, and is interested in Chinese language and culture;
(5) Physically capable of and healthy enough for international travel.

Chaperones shall meet the following qualifications:

(1) K‐12 teaching experiences, preference will be given to Chinese language teachers;
(2) A wealth of student management experience;
(3) Have a good knowledge of Chinese culture and current conditions;
(4) Love teaching; responsible and compatible;
(5) Outstanding communication skills and adaptive capacity;
(6) Physically capable of and healthy enough for international travel.

Ratio of chaperons and students is 1:10.

Costs:

Students and chaperone teachers are responsible for the costs of 1) round-trip international airfare, 2) international travel insurance and 2) Chinese visa fee. The Confucius Institute Headquarter will assume all other costs for accommodations, local transportation, and group activities and sightseeing for students and chaperone teachers during their stay in China.

HOW TO APPLY: Qualified applicants shall submit their application form (see below), a personal application letter and a recommendation letter from schools or teachers (Chaperones should also submit their resumes) to the Confucius Institute at the University of Delaware via email at confucius@udel.edu or mail to: The Confucius Institute at the University of Delaware, 121 E Delaware Ave, Newark, DE 19711.

Application Deadline: March 6, 2014

For more details click here:
2015 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp Announcement – UDCI (PDF)

Forms Download:
Application Form (Chaperone)
Application Form (Student)

If you have any question, please contact us at (302)831-7190/7188 or send email to confucius@udel.edu.

APPLY TODAY!

2015 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for American High School Students is sponsored by Hanban (Headquarters of Confucius Institute) and coordinated by the Confucius Institute at the University of Delaware.

Registration Now Open for Spring 2015 Chinese Classes

UD faculty, staff or alumni now can register for the Chinese classes offered by the Confucius Institute on weekday evenings in spring 2015 through this on-line registration form. Three levels of Chinese classes will be offered from February 16 to May 14 on campus.

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

Questions? Email confucius@udel.edu or call 302-831-7188/7190.

Confucius Institute Class Schedule – Spring 2015

  • Chinese Level 1 for faculty/staff
    Mondays
     from February 16 to May 11 for 12 weeks.
    (Class does not meet on March 30 due to spring break)
    Time:  5:15- 6:30 PM
    Classroom: Purnell Hall 327
    Instructor: Ms. Jinzhi Liu

  • Chinese Level 2 for faculty/staff
    Tuesdays
     from February 17 to May 12 for 12 weeks.
    (Class does not meet on March 31 due to spring break)
    Time:  5:15- 6:30 PM
    Classroom: Purnell Hall 327
    Instructor: Ms. Jinzhi Liu

  • Chinese Level 3 for faculty/staff
    Thursdays
     from February 19 to May 14 for 12 weeks.
    (Class does not meet on April 2 due to spring break)
    Time:  5:15- 6:30 PM
    Classroom: Purnell Hall 236
    Instructor: Mr. Ji Wu

Information of other classes are to be announced soon. Please check back later. Thank you for learning Chinese language and culture with us.

Call for Application: Confucius China Study Plan (Fellowships for PhD Programs) 2015 at Xiamen University

Xiamen University (China) is now accepting applications through January 31st, 2015 for the 2015 Confucius China Study Plan Ph.D. Program Fellowships. The Fellowships include: 1) Joint Research Ph. D Fellowship to support doctoral students (candidates) registered with foreign universities to come to China for study, research and writing of their doctoral dissertations; and 2) Ph. D. in China Fellowship to support foreign students to pursue full-time Ph.D. degrees in the humanities and social sciences at Chinese universities. Fellows of the Fellowship will study in Xiamen University, Xiamen, Fujian Province, China.

The “Confucius China Study Plan” was launched by the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Headquarters) in 2012. Xiamen University is one of the 14 Chinese host universities designated by the Headquarters to implement this Ph.D. Fellowship program.  In December 2014, the first fellowship recipient Irene Masdeu Torruella from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona has completed her Ph.D. in Public Affairs from Xiamen University.

I. Content

  1. Joint Research Ph. D Fellowship: to support doctoral students (candidates) registered with foreign universities to come to China for study, research and writing of their doctoral dissertations. Students who meet the requirements of degree conferment will receive their PhD degree either from the foreign university or from both Chinese and foreign universities simultaneously. The duration of the program ranges from 6 months to 2 years.
  2. Ph. D in China Fellowship: to support foreign students to pursue full-time Ph.D. degrees in the humanities and social sciences at Chinese universities. The duration of the program is generally 3 to 4 years.

The majority of financial support is provided through support for specific research and other projects in designated academic areas of Humanities and Social Sciences. Applicants may choose their specific research topics and Chinese supervisors (lists attached) at Xiamen University that is designated by the Headquarters.

II. Funding

①Lodging and living stipend: 80,000 RMB (appx. USD$12,800) per year;
②Research fund: 20,000 RMB (appx. USD$3,200) per year;
③Round-trip international airfare;
④Tuition;
⑤Other support provided by the host Chinese university;
⑥Expenses for life and medical insurances in China;
⑦Group activities and cultural experience.

Expenses for conducting research in China by foreign supervisors of the students participating in the Joint Research Ph.D. subprogram

III. Eligibility

  • The applicant should be a citizen of non-Chinese nationality in good health;
  • Requirements of Chinese language proficiency:

Applicants for the Joint Research Ph.D Fellowship should have a Chinese proficiency certificate of new HSK Band 3 or above. Preference will be given, other qualifications being equal, to candidates with high levels of Chinese proficiency.

Applicants for the Ph.D in China Fellowship should have a Chinese proficiency certificate of new HSK Band 5 or above. Preference will be given, other qualifications being equal, to candidates with high levels of Chinese proficiency.

  • Applicants who are currently participating in Chinese Government Scholarship are not eligible to apply for this Plan.
  1. Application Documents

Joint Research Ph.D Fellowship: Applicants shall submit their Joint Research Ph.D Fellowship Application Form, Ph.D study certificate, two recommendation letters from experts in the relevant field, HSK transcript, abstract of the Master’s thesis or other academic publications, abstract of doctoral dissertation; a research plan for the study in China and a copy of passport. Applicants with a recommendation letter from the Confucius Institute will be given priority over competitors of similar qualifications.

Ph.D in China Fellowship: Applicants shall submit their Ph.D in China Fellowship Application Form, one copy of notarized academic transcripts of undergraduate and postgraduate studies, degree certificate and their Chinese versions respectively, two recommendation letters from relevant experts, HSK transcript, abstract of Master’s thesis or other academic publications, a doctoral research statement and a copy of passport.Applicants with a recommendation letter from the Confucius Institute will be given priority over competitors of similar qualifications.

Note: Xiamen University currently hosts 15 Confucius Institutes around the world (contact information attached). Applicants can contact them to get recommendation letters or other Confucius Institutes in their host countries.

  1. Application Time: through January 31st, 2015
  2. Application Procedure

Applicants are required to log on to http://ccsp.chinese.cn/article/2014-10/21/content_558172.htm to fill in the Application Form and upload the required documents. Xiamen University should be chosen as the host university. After the online application, a complete set of all required application documents should be mailed to the Confucius Institute Headquarters.

Mailing Address:

  • Confucius Institute Headquarters: 129 Deshengmenwai Street, Xicheng District, Beijing, China. Tel: 86-10-58595756

VII. Selection and Notification

Candidates’ qualifications will be examined by Xiamen University. Documents of shortlisted candidates will be forwarded to Confucius China Studies Program Expert Committee for appraisal and video interview in February 2015. Letter of Admission will be mailed by XMU to the recipients of the Fellowship. They will start their programs in the autumn of 2015.

More program and application information please check: http://admissions.xmu.edu.cn/en/show/58.html

Upcoming Lecture on Chinese Painting on Friday Nov. 21.

Interested in learning about the history and development of traditional Chinese Painting? Do you know about the major contributing artists and their artworks in the early 20th century? What are the popular trend in today’s Chinese painting industry? The Confucius Institute is honor to present a lecture on Chinese Painting in celebration of the International Education Week.

Ying He, an associate professor from the School of Business Administration at the Southwest University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu, China will present “Chinese Painting, an aged but vibrant Art Form” at 4:00pm on this Friday November 21, 2014 at Gore Hall 204.

Professor He is an artist, designer, and educator working in design and art practice. A member of Sichuan Artist Association, Professor He has won many won local and national prizes. He art works are currently collected by private owners and art organizations. She also applies her talent to benefit local communities by designing the school gate and campus cultural construction for Zi Gong Jie Fang Road Middle School, the VI system for bars and teahouses, the emblem and flag for the ‘Statistics Institute of the Southwest University of Finance and Economics’.

Mark your calendar for this lecture:

Date: Friday November 21, 2014
Time: 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Location: Gore Hall 204
Direction and parking info for Gore Hall: http://maps.rdms.udel.edu/map/index.php?id=NC36

The event is open to the public for FREE.