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 confucius@udel.edu 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
    Tuesdays
     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
    Wednesdays
     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
    Tuesdays 
    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 confucius@udel.edu to register.
    Thursdays
     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 confucius@udel.edu 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.