Fall 2018 Community Class Offerings
The University of Idaho Confucius Institute strives to be the top Chinese language and culture resource in the Treasure Valley. Our Confucius Institute has been offering affordable, high-quality language and culture instruction in Boise since January 2016.
We offer three 12-week trimesters throughout the year (Spring, Summer, Fall). We also have many short term courses. All courses are taught by qualified visiting Chinese instructors who teach in Idaho for 1-3 years at a time. We offer five levels of Mandarin every trimester and we rotate through a number of Chinese culture courses (QiGong, Tai Chi, calligraphy, film) and other language courses like Chinese for Tourists, Fun with Chinese (our youth-friendly Chinese class), Golden Age Chinese (for learners 55+) and more.
If you don't see what you are looking for, just reach out and ask! We may be able to run private courses for small groups if you have a specialized language or culture need! We look forward to learning with you. Please see below for more information on our current course offerings.
COURSES: We offer both Chinese language and Chinese culture classes. See listings below for details. Please read course descriptions to identify which level is appropriate for your needs. For further guidance, please ask your current UICI instructor or email [email protected] or call Moriah at 111-364-4054.
REGISTRATION: Please click the "Register Now" button above or send your full name, contact phone number, and desired course title and dates to [email protected]. Late registrations are accepted until the second week of class.
LOCATION: All classes will be held at U of I Boise Campus, Idaho Water Center 322 E. Front St. Boise, ID 83702. Classroom assignments will be sent upon receipt of registration email.
FEES: Course fees are listed below each class description.
PAYMENT: Payment of course fees will be accepted in cash or checks made out to "University of Idaho Confucius Institute" on the first day of class.
REFUND POLICY: Refunds will not be granted after the end of the first week of class.
- Fall Trimester: Week of September 10 through week of December 3 (no class week of Thanksgiving)
- Spring Trimester: Week of January 14, 2019 through Week of April 15, 2019 (no class Feb 4-8 or March 11-15).
- Summer Trimester: Week of April 29, 2019 through Week of July 15, 2019
Chinese Language Classes
Mandarin I is appropriate for students who have no previous Chinese learning experience. This class will teach students Chinese pronunciation using pinyin. Students will learn simple sentence structures and vocabulary. Students will learn one to three simple Chinese characters each week.
Section 1 — Mondays, Wednesdays 7:00-8:15 p.m.
Section 2 — Tuesdays, Thursdays 7:00-8:15 p.m.
Fee: $150 for class, $50 refundable deposit with textbook return.
This level is appropriate for students who previously took UICI's Mandarin I course. It is also appropriate for students who already have a basic Chinese language foundation (1-2 semesters of Mandarin). Students will work on correct pronunciation and tones in spoken Chinese. Students will continue to write simple sentences in Chinese pinyin while learning some Chinese characters. The class will continue learning new sentence structures as well as vocabulary. Students will read short sentences using pinyin and Chinese characters.
Section 1－Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30-6:45 p.m.
Fee: $150 for class, $50 refundable deposit upon return of textbook.
This level is appropriate for students who previously completed UICI's Mandarin II course. This course is also appropriate for students who have a solid Chinese language foundation (two to three previous semesters of Mandarin). Students will continue to work on improving their spoken and written Chinese. Students will write simple sentences in Chinese characters and continue learning new sentence structures as well as vocabulary. Students will read short sentences using Chinese pinyin and some characters.
Section 1 — Tuesdays, Thursdays 5:30-6:45 p.m.
Fee: $150 for class, $50 refundable deposit upon return of textbook
This level is appropriate for students who have previously taken UICI's Mandarin III or IV course. It is also appropriate for students who have two or more years of previous Chinese language education. Class will be taught almost fully in Mandarin. Students will work on conversing only in Chinese and improving their listening skills. Students will write longer sentences in Chinese characters, read medium length passages in Chinese character using only some pinyin, and continue learning new sentence structures as well as vocabulary.
Section 1 (for students who are seeking a faster pace) — Mondays, 6:15-8:15 p.m.
Section 2 — Wednesdays, 6:15-8:15 p.m.
Fee: $100 for class, $50 refundable deposit with book return
This level is appropriate for students who have previously taken Mandarin V as this course is a continuation of that course. It is also appropriate for students who have four or more years of Chinese language education. Class will be taught fully in Mandarin. Students will use their Chinese listening and speaking skills to pose questions, debate, and converse with their classmates. Students will learn higher level Chinese vocabulary through written passages. Students will compose short essays in Chinese characters. Students will work on perfecting their grammar and pronunciation through classroom activities.
Section 1 — Mondays, 12-1:30 p.m.
Fee: $100 for class, $50 refundable deposit upon return of textbook.
Are you planning a tour through China? Are you thinking of visiting the Middle Kingdom in the future and want to be able to get around with some useful phrases? This course is for you! This course will cover the basics that any traveler will need to communicate, including greetings, polite questions, directions, time, hotels, purchasing tickets and ordering food. The course will give a brief introduction to Chinese pronunciation and the pinyin writing system, then will focus on Chinese speaking and listening, with less attention to writing and reading Chinese characters.
Section 1－Wednesdays Noon- 1:45 p.m.
Fee: $100, $50 refundable deposit with textbook return.
This level is appropriate for younger students who do not have extensive Chinese experience. The course will focus on learning Chinese through songs, playing games, doing art, and other fun, hands-on activities. This class will focus exclusively on Chinese speaking and listening ability.
Section 1 (ages 5-8) — Wednesdays 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Section 2 (ages 9-12) — Wednesdays 4:30-5:20 p.m.
Culture and Martial Arts Classes
Our instructor Guowang (Rober) Luo is highly trainined in Chen-style Tai Chi and offers a variety of Tai Chi courses. Please see course options below:
- Golden Age Tai Chi (for learners 55+): Mondays, Wednesdays 10-11 a.m. (fee $150).
- Beginners Tai Chi:
Section 1: Mondays, Wednesdays 11 a.m.-12 p.m. (fee $150)
Section 2: Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. - (fee $100)
- Tai Chi Fan: Tuesdays, 7:00-8:00 pm. - (fee $100)
Instructor Guowang (Robert) Luo is a Chinese martial arts instructor from Hunan Province in China. He majored in Traditional Chinese sports and has extensive experience teaching Chinese wushu (martial arts), Chen-style Tai Chi, and Chinese QiGong. He looks forward to offering high-quality, traditional Chinese martial arts courses to the Boise Community.
Section 1 (ages 4-7): Tuesdays, Thursdays, 4-5 p.m.
Section 2 (ages 8-12): Mondays, Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m.