Confucius Classrooms (CC) are an extension of the Confucius Institute program, committed to promoting the study of Chinese language and culture by setting up effective and sustainable educational programs in primary and secondary schools and in universities worldwide. By the end of June 2019, there were 1129 Confucius Classrooms established in 155 countries.
Various activities are organized to better promote the study of Chinese language and culture within Confucius Classrooms, including teaching Chinese, educating non-Chinese instructors on to teach Chinese in primary and secondary schools, organizing conferences and in-service events related to the teaching of Chinese language and culture, implementing Chinese language and culture courses for the local community, supporting Chinese cultural activities and competitions. Hanban (Confucius Institute Headquarters) provides a package of resources and teaching materials to each Classroom for children and young people across a wide age range to help with teaching Chinese language and culture.
The William & Mary Confucius Institute (WMCI) is charged with promoting the study of Chinese language and culture at W&M and in the Central and Southeastern regions of Virginia. The WMCI was established in 2011 and dedicated in 2012, joining a network of 539 Confucius Institutes worldwide. It is the second Confucius Institute at a public university in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Currently, WMCI is making efforts to set up a Confucius Classroom in local primary and secondary schools.
The requisites for a foreign partner institution's establishing of a Confucius classroom are as follows:
1. An educational institution recognized and accredited by its country's government;
2. A demand from local citizens and students for learning Chinese language and culture in the locality of the institute;
3. Capacity for providing the Confucius Classroom an appropriate working space, as well as personnel and support in funding.
Application materials prepared by the foreign applicant will include:
1. An application letter signed by the principal or president (both Chinese and English copies);
2. An application plan (both in Chinese and English), including:
a. An introduction to the applicant institution;
b. Draft programs for Chinese teaching and cultural promotion;
c. A floor plan for the required instructional space, and lists of the relevant equipment and facilities available for the proposed Confucius Classroom;
d. A projection of management structure; and
e. A statement detailing the source, regulation, and management of funding for the proposed Confucius Classroom.
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