2014 Fall Registration under Way for Low-cost Chinese Culture Classes

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KALAMAZOO--The Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University is accepting registrations for Fall Chinese culture classes that begin the week of Sep. 8, 2014.

The low-cost classes 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, and WMU students. All the faculty and staff members at the University pay no tuition. Some classes charge all participants a fee for materials, and those with low enrollment may be canceled.

Fall  2014 class offerings:
  • Basic Chinese Gongbi Painting —6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23 to Dec. 4, 3048 Brown Hall. Tuition: $60. Materials fee: $18.
  • Intermediate Chinese Gongbi Painting —6 to 8 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 20 to Dec. 8, 3048 Brown Hall. Tuition: $70. Materials fee: $21.
  • Basic Tai Chi —6 to 7 p.m. Mondays, Sep. 8 to Dec.1 23, 3030 Brown Hall. Tuition: $120.
  • Basic Chinese Language —6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sep. 9 to Dec. 2, 3030  Brown Hall. Tuition: $120.
  • Basic Chinese Calligraphy —6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Sep. 10 to Dec. 3, 3030 Brown Hall. Tuition: $120. Materials fee: $24.
  • Intermediate Chinese Language —6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sep. 11 to Dec. 4, 3030 Brown Hall. Tuition: $120.
  • Chinese Language Tutoring —1 to 3 p.m. Fridays, Sep. 5 to Dec. 5, 2152 Dunbar Hall. Tuition: Free.
Class instructors:
  • Xiaoying Li is a traditional painting instructor. She has a bachelor degree of art education and being an art instructor more than 20 years. She also has two published books named Traditional Chinese Realistic Painting of Flowers & Birds and Chinese Painting Tutorial. .
  • Shengang Wang, a Chinese language instructor, is from Shandong Province. He has taught Chinese language classes at Beijing Language and Culture University since 2002.
  • Ajun He, teaches calligraphy, is from Neinonggu Autonomous regions. She is a teacher at Beijing Language and Culture University and received her master’s degree from Minzu University of China.

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 Ruyuan Yang at ruyuan.yang@wmich.edu  or (269) 387-3784.