Spring registration under way for low-cost Chinese culture courses

contact: Margaret von Steinen
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Confucius Institute spring courses begin week of Jan. 22.

KALAMAZOO--The Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University is accepting registrations for spring Chinese culture courses that begin the week of Jan. 22.

The low-cost courses are taught by instructors from Beijing Language and Culture University and are open to the public. They meet once a week, are taught in English, and are offered to adults age 18 or older for personal enrichment rather than academic credit.

A half-price tuition discount is offered to those age 55 and older, WMU part-time faculty and staff members, and WMU students. Full-time faculty and staff members at the University pay no tuition. Some courses charge all participants a fee for materials, and those with low enrollment may be canceled.

Spring 2013 course offerings

  • Business Chinese—6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 22 to April 16, 3017 Brown Hall. Tuition: $120.
  • Chinese Life and Culture—6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 22 to April 16, 4010 Brown Hall. Tuition: $120.
  • Chinese Calligraphy—6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 23 to April 17, 4017 Brown Hall. Tuition: $140.
  • Intermediate Chinese Language—6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 23 to April 17, 4010 Brown Hall. Tuition: $120.
  • Basic Tai Chi—6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 24 to April 18, Kiva Room, Faunce Student Services. Tuition: $120.
  • Intermediate Chinese Painting—6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 24 to April 18, 2048 Brown Hall. Tuition: $120. Materials fee: $40.
  • Basic Chinese Painting—6 to 8 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 28 to April 22, 2045 Brown Hall. Tuition: $120. Materials fee: $40.
  • Basic Chinese Language—6 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 28 to April 22, 3030 Brown Hall. Tuition: $120.

Course instructors

  • Huaming Wang is a painting instructor from Guilin, China. His award-winning work has been included in national exhibitions, and he is a member of the Guangxi Artists Association in China.
  • Shengang Wang, a Chinese language instructor, is from Shandong Province. He has taught Chinese language classes at Beijing Language and Culture University since 2002.
  • Yin Long teaches tai chi, calligraphy and Chinese life and culture courses. She is from Chongqing, China, and a graduate student at Beijing Language and Culture University majoring in Chinese and English translation and interpretation.


For more information or to register for Chinese culture classes, visit the Confucius Institute at wmuconfucius.org or contact the institute at wmu-confucius-cc@wmich.edu or (269) 387-3784.

Questions should be directed to Yu Zhang at yu.50.zhang@wmich.edu or (269) 387-3784.