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WMCI Community Classes

The William & Mary Confucius Institute is offering two sessions of community courses in Spring 2020, from February 10th - April 9th. These include courses in the Chinese language, as well as other fun and educational cultural courses!

In Session I, we will be offering Chinese Level I, Chinese Board Games, Chinese Calligraphy, and Yinyangbagua Boxing. Session I will run from February 10th - March 5th.

There will be a Chinese Cooking Class held from March 19th - April 9th.

Session II, which goes from March 16th - April 9th, includes classes such as Chinese Level II, Chinese Painting, and a Chinese Movie Showcase.

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 to: The College of William & Mary. 

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 each integrate Chinese culture, including character etymology and relevant holidays. The class places the most emphasis on listening and speaking.

Chinese Calligraphy

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 Board Games

Popular among people of all ages, Chinese board games combine skill and luck creating competitive entertainment shared by the community. In this class, students will learn the basic techniques of four popular Chinese board games, namely Chinese chess, Mahjong, poker and gomoku and enjoy the excitement of competition through hands-on practice.

Chinese Movie Showcase
In the last few decades, Chinese films have regularly won awards in international film festivals. The recent success can be traced to the Chinese film industry that has thrived since 1905. This movie showcase will select and discuss works from 8 reputable Chinese directors, which will allow students to have an overview of Chinese movie development, the changes in Chinese history, and Chinese values.

Yinyangbagua Boxing

Yinyangbaguaquan is a traditional external style martial arts which emerged in the late Qing Dynasty. It was created by Li Yuhua, is centered in Jiaozuo, Henan Province, and has a history of more than 150 years. This specific style of martial arts consists of two parts: Taolu (emptied-hand techniques) and weapons. The former has 8 traditional styles, 4 minor styles, and 1 competition style. The weapons include broadsword, double-sword, spear, mace, cudgel, etc. Yinyangbaguaquan adheres to the doctrine of Yinyang, Wuxing, Bagua, Chinese medicine, and regimen. Its style is quick-paced and energetic.

Chinese Painting

Chinese painting, with its emphasis on the beauty of simplicity, smooth brush strokes, and graceful designs, reflects time-honored principles of Chinese philosophy and culture. Practicing Chinese painting is a great way to relax and creatively express yourself. During this course, students will learn basic knowledge about traditional Chinese painting and its differences from western works, appreciate different kinds of Chinese painting, and work on traditional Chinese flower and bird paintings. Our schedule will include lessons on painting orchids, bamboo, lotus flowers, and forsythia, along with butterflies, dragonflies, swallows and pandas.




Click here to see the classes we have offered in the past.