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Sept. 29, 2006

Confucius Institute At UI To Offer Community Courses In Beginning Chinese

The Confucius Institute at the University of Iowa is offering beginning Mandarin Chinese courses to the Iowa City and surrounding community.

The courses take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays from Oct. 30 to Dec. 13. Section 1 meets in Macbride Hall, Room 117 on the UI campus. Section 2 meets at Davenport West High School, Room 614, 3505 W. Locust Street, Davenport, Iowa. The course fee is $45, plus textbook costs.

The seven-week, non-credit community course is designed for adults and high school students without previous training in Mandarin Chinese. Junior high students may enroll if they are accompanied by an adult also enrolled in the course.

This course will provide a groundwork for the study of modern Chinese. It will include instruction in all four language skills of aurally understanding, speaking, reading and writing. Students will also be introduced to the art of calligraphy through multiple hands-on sessions.

For more information, please contact Rebecca Kessler at 319-335-0159 or email at

To enroll in either of the Beginning Mandarin Chinese sections, visit to fill out a registration form. Forms can be emailed to or faxed to 319-335-3345. Payment by check, made out to the Confucius Institute, is due on the first day of class.

The Institute also offers Mandarin Chinese instruction for fifth- through eighth-graders through Challenge Saturday classes. Courses are offered through the UI Belin-Blank Center. For more information see

For-credit courses in Mandarin Chinese for UI students are offered through the University of Iowa Department of Asian Languages & Literature.

The Confucius Institute is part of UI International Programs. International Programs enables University of Iowa students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity, and give all University constituents access to vital international knowledge.  For more information, visit or call 319-353-2700.

International Programs is part of the Office of the Provost.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Rebecca Kessler, 319-335-0159,