Spring registration under way for low-cost Chinese culture courses

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Low-cost Chinese culture courses are open to the public.

KALAMAZOO--The Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University is accepting registrations for spring 2012 Chinese culture courses that begin the week of Jan. 16.

The low-cost courses are open to the public. A half-price tuition discount is offered to individuals age 55 and older as well as to WMU students and part-time faculty and staff members. WMU full-time faculty and staff members pay no tuition. Some courses charge all participants a fee for materials, and those with low enrollment may be canceled.

Chinese culture classes are taught in English and offered to adults age 18 or older for personal enrichment, rather than academic credit. High school students in ninth grade and above are allowed to participate with parental consent.

Nine courses are being offered this spring and some will be repeated in a second session that begins the week of March 12:

  • Basic Chinese Visual Art--5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 17 to Feb. 21 (session I) and March 13 to April 17 (session II), Room 2708, Wood Hall, main WMU campus. Tuition: $60. Materials fee: $20.
  • Intermediate Chinese Visual Art--5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 18 to Feb. 22 (session I) and March 14 to April 18 (session II), Room 2021, Brown Hall, main WMU campus. Tuition: $60. Materials fee: $20.
  • Basic Chinese Language--5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 18 to April 18, Room 4201, Dunbar Hall, main WMU campus. Tuition: $120.
  • Intermediate Chinese Language--5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 17 to April 17, Room 3210, Dunbar Hall, main WMU campus. Tuition: $120.
  • Introduction to Chinese Cooking--5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 16 to Feb. 20 (session I) and March 12 to April 16 (session II). Can-Do Kitchen, 511 Harrison St., Kalamazoo. Tuition: $60. Materials fee: $70.
  • Introduction to Chinese Music Appreciation--5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 17 to Feb. 21 (session I) and March 13 to April 17 (session II), Room 3202, Dunbar Hall, main WMU campus. Tuition: $60.
  • Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine--5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 18 to Feb. 22 (session I) and March 14 to April 18 (session II), Room 3201, Dunbar Hall, main WMU campus. Tuition: $60.
  • Basic Tai Chi--5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 19 to March 22, Kiva Room, Faunce Student Services Building, main WMU campus. Tuition: $80.
  • Intermediate Tai Chi--5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, March 29 to April 19, Kiva Room, Faunce Student Services Building, main WMU campus. Tuition: $40.

A second session is not planned for Basic or Intermediate Chinese Language or Basic or Intermediate Tai Chi. These courses will be offered again in May at the start of the summer 2012 term.

For more information about Chinese culture courses or to register, visit the Confucius Institute online or contact the institute at wmu-confucius-cc@wmich.edu or (269) 387-3784. Questions should be directed to Thalea Cherrelle Davis at thalea.c.davis@wmich.edu or (269) 387-3784.