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Community Courses

Language & Culture Courses

UK Confucius Institute offers various language courses and Chinese culture courses to the Kentucky community and UK community. Courses take place on UK campus and in the evenings so that community members can participate.

Chinese Language Courses

Interested in learning the Chinese language? Let us help you become an expert in Chinese language and get exposed to Chinese art and culture, by developing your skills and practicing speaking, listening, reading and writing of Chinese characters.  

Classes begin September 9 and end December 20.  

 

Course Options

Chinese 1A

Develop your ability to distinguish the Chinese language by ear and learn how to write and pronounce individual syllables in the phonetic system of Mandarin Chinese. Students will learn how to use basic Chinese vocabulary and form sentences.  

Pre-requisites: None 

  • Time: Monday and Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 

  • Location: White Hall Classroom Building, Room 333

  • Cost:  

    • UK Students: Free 

    • Faculty and Staff, Senior Citizens: $120 

    • Community: $240

Chinese 1B

Focus on learning to accurately pronounce Chinese and expand vocabulary skills.  Students will use basic vocabulary to form sentences, learn more Chinese characters, and study the order of strokes and the radical.  

Pre-requisites: Completion of one semester of language studies and mastered 100 Chinese characters.  

  • Time: Monday and Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. 

  • Location: White Hall Classroom Building, Room 336

  • Cost:  

    • UK Students: Free 

    • Faculty and Staff, Senior Citizens: $120 

    • Community: $240

Chinese 2A

Students will practice pronunciation and vocabulary while learning to read and write passages. Students will begin to use basic Chinese grammar to communicate with each other and prepare for real-life Chinese experiences.  

Pre-requisite: Completion of two semesters of language studies and mastery of 150 Chinese characters. 

  • Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. 

  • Location: White Hall Classroom Building, Room 333

  • Cost:  

    • UK Students: Free 

    •  Faculty and Staff, Senior Citizens: $120 

    • Community: $240

Chinese 2B

Students can enroll in this course to continue developing pronunciation and vocabulary while focusing on advancing reading and writing skills. 

Pre-requisite: Completion of three semesters of language studies and mastery of 200 Chinese characters. 

  • Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. 

  • Location: White Hall Classroom Building, Room 336

  • Cost:  

    • UK Students: Free 

    • Faculty and Staff, Senior Citizens: $120 

    • Community: $240

Chinese 3A

Students can enroll in this course to advance fluency in the language and improve their expressive capability. Students will have the opportunity to communicate with native Chinese speakers in preparation for real-life experiences in China.  

Pre-requisites: Completion of four semesters of language studies and mastery of 300 Chinese characters. 

  • Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. 

  • Location: Confucius Institute – Ground Floor, Lucille Fine Arts Library,

  • Cost:  

    • UK Students: Free 

    • Faculty and Staff, Senior Citizens: $120 

    • Community: $240

Chinese 3B

Designed to improve students’ expressive capability, students will develop a deeper understanding of the language and culture, and continue to communicate with native Chinese speakers.  

Pre-requisites: Completion of five semesters of language studies mastery of 400 Chinese characters.  

  • Time: Monday and Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. -  6:30 p.m. 

  • Location: White Hall Classroom Building, Room 341

  • Cost:  

    • UK Students: Free  

    • Faculty and Staff, Senior Citizens: $120 

    • Community: $240

Business Chinese

Improve basic Chinese language and learn professional skills to accomplish business purposes in Chinese. Students will focus on daily communication in a business setting.  

Pre-requisites: None. 

  • Time: Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. 

  • Location: White Hall Classroom Building, Room 336

  • Cost:  

    • UK Students: Free 

    • Faculty and Staff, Senior Citizens: $120 

    • Community: $240

HSK Tutor Course

The intensive practice course is designed for HSK candidates, aimed to help them to achieve higher scores on HSK, which comprises of Elementary Level (Level 1-2) and Intermediate Level (Level 3-4). 6 class sessions, with 1 session/week, 6 weeks before HSK Exam.

Pre-requisites: None. 

  • Time: Thursday, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 

  • Location: White Hall Classroom Building, Room 333

  • Cost:  

    • UK Students: Free 

    • Faculty and Staff, Senior Citizens: $60 

    • Community: $120

Chinese Culture Courses

Learn art, a traditional Chinese instrument, Tai Chi or Martial Arts with our Chinese specialists. Classes begin January 14 and end April 26.

 

Course Options

Tai Chi

Students will improve physical coordination and learn techniques to allow the body to fight against disease and promote a healthy lifestyle.  

  • Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 

  • Location: Blazer Dining Hall Dance Studio 

  • Cost: 

    • UK Students: Free 

    • Faculty and Staff, Senior Citizens: $120 

    • Community: $240

Martial Arts

Learn the Chinese art of self-defense through strikes, punches and kicks. Techniques emphasize physical discipline, respect for the body and mental focus.  

  • Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. 

  • Location: Blazer Dining Hall Dance Studio 

  • Cost:  

    • UK Students: Free 

    • Faculty and Staff, Senior Citizens: $120 

    • Community: $240

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