The William and Mary Confucius Institute is offering three sessions of community courses this summer, from April 29th - August 1st. These include courses in the Chinese language, as well as fun and educational cultural courses!
Session III goes from July 8 - August 1, and in this session we will be offering a course in Traditional Chinese Customs.
The cost for each course is $10/class, to be paid in full on the first day of class. In general, each session holds 8 classes per course ($80). W&M faculty, staff, and students always receive a 50% discount (e.g. $40 for 8 classes). Payment is due on the first day of class and accepted by cash or check. Please make a check payable
Please sign up today to secure your spot, as the classes are filling up quickly!
Beginner Chinese: I-II
Open to students of all skill levels, this class covers the basic phonetics, grammar, and writing systems of conversational Chinese. The lessons integrate Chinese Culture, including character etymology and relevant holidays, with each lesson. The class places most emphasis on listening and speaking.
Chinese Calligraphy, the most revered of fine arts in China, is closely linked to Chinese culture, aesthetics, philosophy, and history. The class is designed to help students appreciate the artform's unique beauty and learn how to write traditional Chinese characters with a bamboo brush. Students will understand the way calligraphy is integral to various aspects of Chinese culture, improving the students' cultural proficiency and writing. The course's main emphasis is individuality and creativity while practicing the age-old techniques.
Chinese Flute Workshop
Flutes have existed in China for almost 7,000 years. The first flutes discovered in China were made of animal bone. They have since evolved into bamboo instruments, and are still widely popular today. The Chinese Flute, or Di in Mandarin, is made of bamboo and is the most popular Chinese traditional wind instrument. It bears many similarities to the Western flute, but has a unique Chinese sound. In this class, students will be introduced to the instrument by learning basic notes and techniques, while being exposed to more complex classical pieces that will enhance their understanding of Chinese musical culture.
Originally played by ethnic-minority groups in Yunnan province, the hulusi, a gourd-shaped free reed wind instrument has gained nationwide popularity throughout China with its pure, mellow clarinet-like sound. In this class, students will be introduced to the instrument through basic notes and techniques, while enjoying beautiful folk songs and understanding Chinese musical culture through regular practice. Click here to listen to Student Intern Lu Yang play the hulusi on the Crim Dell Bridge.
Tea Appreciation in Chinese Culture
In China, there are many nuances surrounding tea, from customs regarding its consumption, to its long history. This course will cover the history and culture surrounding tea in Chinese culture. Students will learn how to properly prepare and drink tea, as well as proper tea-drinking etiquette. During class, students will also have the opportunity to try various kinds of Chinese tea, such as green tea, red tea, black tea, Pu’er, oolong tea, and more!
Traditional Chinese Customs
Because of China’s long history and diverse people, the country has developed many unique traditions. This course will teach students about traditional Chinese customs, including weddings, daily life, festivals and holidays, raising children, table manners, regional specialties from different parts of China, and interacting with other family members, as well as other members of society. During class, students will see pictures and videos taken in traditional China, and interact with each other to practice what they have learned.