welcome to the confucius institute at webster university!

webster university’s confucius institute is a cooperative project between our university, beijing language and culture university, and the office of chinese language council international of the chinese ministry of education (hanban).

we offer language instruction and resources to our community, including area elementary and high school students, adult continuing education programs, and host cultural events and enrichment experiences for children and adults alike.

our mission is to support chinese language and culture education at webster university and throughout the st. louis area.

tutoring

options include choosing 1-on-1 or small group sessions for only $6-$10/person for 40 minutes. schedule your sessions now and make a study plan fitting your needs with our experienced tutors.

to find out availability, email for more information.

 

scholarships

to cultivate qualified chinese language teachers and promote chinese language and culture, we launched the "confucius institute scholarship" (cis). together we support outstanding students, scholars and currently employed chinese language teachers recommended by confucius institutes to study in chinese universities and colleges. 

scholarship winners are exempt from tuition, accommodation fees on campus, and are provided with cny 2,500-3500 yuan monthly living allowance (4-week study students are excluded) and comprehensive health insurance for foreign students studying in china.

interested applicants can email us and apply online  between february and may.

for-credit classes

in this class students will be introduced to some of the important grammatical structures of spoken chinese and a vocabulary of about 350 chinese words. with the language skills acquired during the first semester, students should be able to conduct some simple chinese conversations, such as self-introductions, introducing family members, talking about daily life and personal hobbies, asking for directions, etc. 

this course will also introduce chinese culture through class discussion, topic presentations, traditional chinese festival celebrations, movie watching and other activities. the students will have a better understanding of the complexity of elements important to chinese people in relation to history, values, politics, communication styles and economy.

in this class students will be introduced to 5 topics of spoken chinese and a vocabulary of about 700 chinese words. with the language skills acquired during the semester, students should be able to conduct some more interactive conversations in everyday situations, such as making appointment, visiting friends, shopping, taking transportations, etc. students will also prepare for hsk (standard chinese language proficiency test) level 1 test, which will provide opportunities for the students to get scholarships for studying in china if pass.

this course is designed for students who have successfully completed a rigorous one-year college course in spoken and written mandarin chinese, or its equivalent. while many of the linguistic tasks students will learn to handle are similar to those of level i, the level of language required to carry out these tasks is more advanced.

in this course, students will be required to comprehend and produce paragraph-level chinese. rigorous practice of spoken and written chinese in complex communicative activities will be complemented by intensive drills to fine-tune pronunciation, expand vocabulary, and internalize more complex grammatical constructions. students will also do intensive reading of expository writings on a variety of cultural topics.

conducted mainly in mandarin chinese, this course is designed for students who have completed intermediate chinese level 1 or the equivalent. while many of the linguistic tasks students learn to handle are similar to those of intermediate chinese, the level of language required to carry out these tasks is more advanced. students are introduced to the written chinese and taught how to make the transition from reading pedagogically prepared materials to more authentic materials.

rigorous practice of spoken and written chinese in complex communicative activities will be complemented by intensive practice sessions to fine-tune pronunciation, expand vocabulary, and internalize more complex grammatical constructions. students will also do intensive reading of expository writings on a variety of cultural topics.

food is always an essential part in chinese culture. as a country that pays great attention to courtesy, the food culture is deeply rooted in china's history. in china, food is used to establish and maintain interpersonal relationship, celebrate important events and festivals, serve as traditional chinese medicines, pay respect to the gods and ancestors, etc. 

this course will cover three topics: the social functions of chinese food; purchase, production, and distribution of food; table manners. the students will learn to cook typical dishes from 8 chinese cuisines, buy chinese food ingredients through grocery shopping tours, table manner practice by dinning at a local chinese restaurant, celebrate traditional chinese festival by making moon cakes, and appreciate fine authentic chinese food through the demonstrations by chinese chefs and guest speakers. the students will also learn some basic chinese sentences (greetings, numbers and how to order food).

this course provides an introduction to chinese culture through examining chinese films in mainland china, (may also include taiwan and hong kong.) we will use films to provide an introduction to china’s culture, values and history by screening a selection of internationally or nationally acclaimed chinese films. class time will be divided between watching films and discussing the relevant themes raised in these films both for chinese and american audience.

non-credit classes

we’re offering a virtual version of our chinese language and culture class for kids age 7-12. classes will be held via zoom. students will be grouped in small pods of roughly four students who are at their level. classes will be twice per week: once at 6:30 pm on a weeknight and once sometime on saturday (exact days/times can be worked out based on student and teacher schedules). the cost will be $6/class, which is $84 per six-week session.

we also offer a chinese language and culture class for kids age 7-12. the kids will learn some useful daily spoken chinese language through doing fun activities, watching videos and making traditional chinese hand crafts. new classes begin every semester and cost $50 (with discounts for additional children from the same family).

to register, send an email.

this is an introductory chinese language class aimed at getting adults prepared to visit china. ten topics will be introduced, which include self-introduction, asking for directions, taking transportation, visiting a chinese family, dining in a restaurant with your business partners, etc.

additionally, each class will feature a guest speaker who can offer further insight into the chinese business world.

kids aged 5-12 are invited to attend this saturday class, where they will learn traditional tai chi moves, including tai chi moves with a chinese fan. they will also do other fun activities. the suggested contribution for each class is $4 each or $20 for all six classes. stay tuned for the dates of the next session. 
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chinese bridge summer camp

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the chinese bridge summer camp is sponsored by hanban/confucius institute headquarters. this exciting two-week trip to china offers high-school and college students a unique chance to experience china on a personal level.

campers will have intensive but fun language study as well as a wide range of cultural experiences such as chinese martial arts, calligraphy, brush painting, paper-cutting and Chinese music & arts appreciation workshops. Campers will also visit cultural landmarks, historical sites and museums in and out of beijing.

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