The Chinese Language and Culture Programing offers Chinese language and culture classes that are open to WMU faculty, staff, students and the community.
2022 Fall Classes
Time (Eastern Time Zone)
|Chinese Language Basic I||Tue & Thu||12 weeks||6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.||Online|
|Chinese Language Basic II||Tue & Thu||12 weeks||5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.||Online|
|Chinese Language Intermediate||Tue & Thu||12 weeks||4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.||Online|
|Tai Chi Basic I||Thu||12 weeks||5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.||4705 Sangren Hall|
|Tai Chi Basic II||Wed||12 weeks||5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.||4705 Sangren Hall|
|Tai Chi Intermediate||Thu||12 weeks||4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.||4705 Sangren Hall|
*To help students choose a language class suits their level, a placement test may be held at the beginning of the session.
Mandarin Chinese is the longest-living written and spoken language in the history of the world. Used by 1.4 billion people, it is also the most widely spoken language. In today's world of increased global interconnectivity, Mandarin is quickly becoming a major language for business and educational development. Chinese language classes offered by the Chinese Language and Culture Programing at WMU provide the Greater Kalamazoo community with an opportunity to study the language in a fun, casual environment to adult learners for all ages (adults 18 years of age or older).
|Basic Chinese Language 1||None||For all interested persons who have very little to no Chinese language proficiency.|
|Basic Chinese Language 2||Basic Chinese Language 1 or at least 30 hours studying Chinese language||For persons who already have a basic foundational and functional understanding of the language.|
|Intermediate 1||Basic Chinese Language 2 or at least 60 hours of studying Chinese|
|Intermediate 2||Intermediate 1 or at least 80 hours of studying Chinese||For persons who have an advanced foundational and functional understanding of the language.|
|Advanced||Intermediate 2 or at least 90 hours studying Chinese|
What Tai Chi is like
Taichi is one of the Chinese Traditional martial arts, which was designed as a unique self-defense technique later evolved into a self-efficacy health exercise. Characterized as flowing, graceful and being well balanced, Tai Chi's movements strengthen the body as well as the mind from within, promote a complete body-mind harmony. Through practicing Tai Chi, the balance of Yin and Yang, the essentials of the nature and relaxation, will be embedded into the practitioner. Unrestrained by age, gender, and health status, Tai Chi can serve as an ideal physical exercise to many.
Tai Chi classes are open to WMU faculty, staff, students and the community to register (adults 18 years of age or older).
Tai Chi Basic Class
This 6-session course will introduce some essential Tai Chi principles such as controlled relaxation, mental quietness, breathing in depth, intent first etc. As a start class we will learn to practice 5 to 8 basic also classic Tai Chi movements. By the end of the session, the participants are expected to grasp these essentials and be able to practice basic Tai Chi movements independently.
Tai Chi Intermediate Class
This 6-session course will introduce and teach Cheng Man Ching 37 Form (CMC 37). CMC 37 was developed by Professor Cheng Man Ching. Regarded as the “Master of Five Excellences” Cheng excelled in Poetry, calligraphy, painting, medicine, and Tai Chi. Originated from Yang Cheng Pu style, CMC 37 incorporated Cheng’s personal understanding derived from years of practice.
This calligraphy class is new to the Chinese Language and Culture Programing at WMU culture class lineup. This class has no language proficiency requirement. This class is open to WMU faculty, staff, students and the community to register (adults 18 years of age or older).
- Calligraphy is one of China's greatest high art forms and it is a cornerstone of Chinese culture; the various styles of Chinese calligraphy have made an invaluable impression around the world.
- The goal of this class is to introduce this beautiful art form to the widest audience possible in the Greater Kalamazoo area
- Participants will receive an introduction to the history of Chinese Calligraphy, learn about the main schools of the art form, and how to paint Chinese calligraphy.
- This class will encourage people and organizations to incorporate Chinese Calligraphy in their lives and consciousness.
The Chinese Language and Culture Programing at WMU is offering the community the opportunity to participate in a Chinese ink painting class. This class is open to all adults 16 and older and requires no prior instruction in this or any other martial art. There is not a language proficiency requirement for this class.
- In a very long history, Chinese ink painting formed its own art culture that is completely different from western painting because of the different philosophy. It has become an important token of Chinese arts civilization and one of the most important way to express the painter’s feelings, aesthetics and ideal.
- American artist and educator Arthur Wesley Dow (1857–1922) wrote about Chinese ink wash painting: "The painter ...put upon the paper the fewest possible lines and tones; just enough to cause form, texture, and effect to be felt. Every brush-touch must be full-charged with meaning, and useless detail eliminated. Put together all the good points in such a method, and you have the qualities of the highest art."
- This course is for learning the fundamentals of Chinese ink painting, which involves drawing objects (plants and animals) with simple brush strokes in different tonality and shading achieved by varying the ink density on absorbent rice paper.
- Students will begin with learning the basic skills, the goal is to inspire you to achieve a completed ink painting (flower or animal) through the practice of painting different objects with the different technique. Students will learn to paint an orchid, bamboo, chick and Sparrow, Shrimp and crab. Anyone can learn to appreciate Chinese ink painting and get inspired in just a few weeks.
Fall and Spring Classes
|Chinese Language||12-Week Session||$120||N/A||$120|
|Tai Chi||12-Week Session||$120||N/A||$120|
|Chinese Language||6-Week Session||$60||N/A||$60|
|Tai Chi||6-Week Session||$60||N/A||$60|
- The cost for each class (and any applicable class materials fees) must be paid in full before or on the first day of class.
- Payments may be made by check or money order payable to WMU or through credit card. Detail payment information will be sent after the registration.
- The Chinese Language and Culture Programing at WMU offers tuition discounts to qualified participants.
- 50% tuition discount to WMU students and community senior citizens (55 and above)
- $25/course for WMU employees
- For courses requesting a "Material fee" apart from the tuition cost, all participants must pay this fee in full.
For example, if you are a WMU employee, and you want to take the Chinese Painting class that has a material fee of $30, the total amount you need to pay is $25 + $30 (material fee) = $55. If you are a WMU student or community senior citizen, and you want to take the Chinese Painting class, the total amount you need to pay is $60 (50% discount ) + $30 (Material fee) = $90.