2018 Chinese Culture Day

Upcoming Events

2018 Spring Chinese Language and Culture / Tai Chi Courses

Monday, January 8, 2018

Confucius Institute at University of North Florida offers non-credit Chinese courses in spring 2018. The courses and tutoring are free to UNF faculty, staff and students. Please see the details as follows :

 

 

 

Course Dates Session/Time/Room Instructor/Registration

Chinese Language and Culture I (UNF)

Though this course is non-credit, there will be an opportunity at the end to take a globally recognized proficiency test that can be used on resumes.

 

Discover the Chinese language and culture taught by a visiting instructor from the School of Chinese Language and Literature, Shaanxi Normal University. This interactive 16-week course will help you learn basic Chinese language skills and understand key concepts of Chinese culture through role-playing, storytelling and situational real-life learning environment. Textbook: “Experiencing Chinese” available in CI office, containing 50 daily life conversational topics.

This Courses is taught by Dr. Meixiang Chang. Dr. Meixiang Chang is a professor in Chinese Linguistics. She teaches Chinese students modern Chinese, Chinese phonetics, Chinese lexicology at the School of Chinese Language and Literature, Shaanxi Normal University.

 

January 8 – April 18, 2018

Monday&Wednesday
12:00p.m.-1:30p.m.

Location:
1100B 


Dr. Meixiang Chang

  Click here to register

 

 Chinese Language and Culture I (Continuing Education) 

Discover the Chinese language and culture taught by a visiting instructor from the School of
Chinese Language and Literature, Shaanxi Normal University. This interactive 16-week course will help you learn basic Chinese language skills and understand key concepts of Chinese culture through role-playing, storytelling and situational real-life learning environment. Textbook: “Experiencing Chinese” available in CI office, containing 50 daily life conversational topics.

This Courses is taught by Dr. Meixiang Chang. Dr. Meixiang Chang is a professor in Chinese Linguistics. She teaches Chinese students modern Chinese, Chinese phonetics, Chinese lexicology at the School of Chinese Language and Literature, Shaanxi Normal University.

January 9 - April 3, 2018  Tuesday
 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 

Room:UNF Herbert University Center (43) 
 

Chinese Language and Culture II (UNF)

Though this course is non-credit, there will be an opportunity at the end to take a globally recognized proficiency test that can be used on resumes.

 

Discover the Chinese language and culture taught by a visiting instructor from the School of International Studies, Shaanxi Normal University. This interactive 12-week course will help you learn basic Chinese language skills and understand key concepts of Chinese culture through role-playing, storytelling and a situational real-life learning environment. The textbook, “Experiencing Chinese,” included in the tuition, contains 50 daily life conversational topics.

 

This rare opportunity to gain an insider’s view of Chinese culture is made possible through the Confucius Institute at University of North Florida, a joint collaboration between the University of North Florida and Shaanxi Normal University, China. 


This Courses is taught by  Dr. Meixiang Chang . Dr. Meixiang Chang is a professor in Chinese Linguistics. She teaches Chinese students modern Chinese, Chinese phonetics, Chinese lexicology at the School of Chinese Language and Literature, Shaanxi Normal University.

 

January 8 – April 17, 2018 

Tuesday 

12:00 pm - 2:45 pm  

 

 

Location:

1100B 

Dr. Meixiang Chang

 

 Click here to register

Tai Chi /(Jacksonville Community)

Tai Chi originally refers to Chinese classical philosophy that the world is made up of two opposite sides: Yang and Yin. Yang is a collective name for positive for a thing, while Yin for negative. Yang includes motion, hard, advance, open, flexion, tense, high, man, attack, etc. while Yin includes stillness, soft, retreat, close, extension, low, woman, defense, etc. This course will cover skills of Zhanzhuang (Standing-pole), basic skill of Tai Chi, and 24-style, 42-style Tai Chi.


 Dr. Peng Liu is a professor of Martial Arts from Xi’an Physical Education University, China. He has taught Classical Martial Arts: Quanshu, Biangan, Swordplay, Cudgelplay; Chen-style Tai Chi; 24-style Simplified Tai Chi; The History of Chinese Martial Arts and Chinese Culture; Modern Competition Martial Arts; Chinese Traditional Martial Arts, and etc.

 

Session One (for youngsters): 

January 14 - April 15 2018 

 

Session Two (for adults): 
January 14 - April 15 2018 



For youngsters: 
Sunday : 
4:00-5:00 pm    

Location:  UNF Osprey Plaza

 

 

 

 

For adults: 
Sunday :  
2:00-3:45 pm

Location: UNF Osprey Plaza

 

 Dr. Peng Liu 

  Click here  to register Tai Chi class

 Tuition:
FREE for UNF Faculty, Staff, and Students (Tuesday and Thursday)
FREE for Jacksonville Community (Sunday)
       
Tai Chi /(UNF)

Tai Chi originally refers to Chinese classical philosophy that the world is made up of two opposite sides: Yang and Yin. Yang is a collective name for positive for a thing, while Yin for negative. Yang includes motion, hard, advance, open, flexion, tense, high, man, attack, etc. while Yin includes stillness, soft, retreat, close, extension, low, woman, defense, etc. This course will cover skills of Zhanzhuang (Standing-pole), basic skill of Tai Chi, and 24-style, 42-style Tai Chi.


 Dr. Peng Liu is a professor of Martial Arts from Xi’an Physical Education University, China. He has taught Classical Martial Arts: Quanshu, Biangan, Swordplay, Cudgelplay; Chen-style Tai Chi; 24-style Simplified Tai Chi; The History of Chinese Martial Arts and Chinese Culture; Modern Competition Martial Arts; Chinese Traditional Martial Arts, and etc.

January 9 - April 20, 2018

 

Tuesday
(12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.)
Thursday
 (3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.)

Location: 
UNF Arena, Room 1062


 Dr. Peng Liu 

  Click here  to register Tai Chi class

Tuition:
FREE for UNF Faculty, Staff, and Students (Tuesday and Thursday)
FREE for Jacksonville Community (Sunday)

Confucius Institute Lecture Series in Spring 2018

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Cost: FREE

Date:02/23/2018,Friday


Time:11:00- 12:30 pm


Location: UNF College of Education, 42/1101


Topic:The Secret Code in a Chinese Name (in English)     


Speaker:Dr. Albert Loh, Professor of Economics 


RSVP: confuciusinstitute@unf.edu


Abstract: Do you ever wonder what is in a Chinese name other than a combination of Chinese characters and their literal meanings? Some ancient Chinese believed that the name of a person is directly linked to his destiny and the prosperity of a family. This lecture will give you an inside look at the numerical codes hidden in a carefully created Chinese name.


 


Date:  03/09/2018, Friday


Time:10:30- 12:00 am


Location: Coggin College of Business, 42/1101


Topic:Traveling Down the Silk Road---Belt and Road Initiative (in English)


Speaker:Dr. Lian An, Professor of Economics


 RSVP: confuciusinstitute@unf.edu


Abstract: China’s Belt and Road Initiative (also known as One Belt, One Road (OBOR)) is one of China’s most ambitious foreign and economic policies. It aims to maintain closer economic ties, and deepen political trust; enhance cultural exchanges; encourage different civilizations to learn from each other and flourish together; and promote mutual understanding, peace and friendship among people of all countries.” What is this initiative about? What is the geopolitical and geo-economics motivation behind it? Will it shape the new economic order for the world? Dr. An will interpret the Belt and Road Initiative in this lecture.


 


 


Date:04/13/2018,Friday


Time:2:00- 3:30 pm


Location:Coggin College of Business, 42/1102


Topic:Confucianism and Education (in English)     


Speaker:Dr. Kening Wang, Associate Professor of Mathematics ​


RSVP: confuciusinstitute@unf.edu


Abstract: Confucius is most notable for his achievement in education. He is regarded as "the sage of the educators" in China. "Teaching students according to their aptitude" is regarded as the essential tenet of a good education proposed by Confucius. Confucius taught four subjects to the students, including knowledge, behavior, sense of responsibility and honesty. His way of teaching is to stimulate students to inferring more things from one thing by active learning. “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”There are an abundance of theories in Confucianism on how to inspire students. Dr. Wang, the associate professor of Math as well as a mother of a lovely boy, will draw on her personal experience to share how she practices the educational principles of Confucianism in her teaching career and her parenthood.


 

2018 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp

Friday, June 15, 2018

The Confucius Institute at University of North Florida (“CI at UNF”) will offer 2018 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for American high school students and college students around mid-June this year. Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for U.S. High School Students and college students is an annual Chinese language and culture camp experience sponsored by the Confucius Institute Headquarters in cooperation with Confucius Institute at the University of North Florida, and Shaanxi Normal University. This two-week program is structured to enhance understanding between American and Chinese students. Through a combination of classroom study and excursions, students have a unique opportunity to expand their language skills while experiencing China’s rich culture and history on a personal level.

 

 

Chinese Bridge Summer Camp activities include but are not limited to: Tai-chi, calligraphy, brush painting, paper-cutting, Chinese language and culture classes, Chinese music & arts appreciation workshops, etc. Visits to Chinese cultural landmarks, historical sites, and museums in Xi’an and Beijing. Confucius Institute Headquarters and Shaanxi Normal University will cover expenses in China including food, accommodation, visits, tours and group activities. The cost is around $2,200. Students will be responsible for international travel fees, international insurance, visa application fees, and any unforeseen expenditures.

 

 

Participants must be registered through the Confucius Institute at UNF aged 15-30, who have studied Chinese for no more than 3 years, and have not participated in a visit organized by Headquarters before. They must be an American Citizen (has a US passport), have an interest in Chinese language and culture, be healthy enough for travel, and be willing to participate in all camp activities.

 

 

Please sign up for the camp by filling in the form below.  For questions, contact the Institute at (904) 620-5436 or email confuciusinstitute@unf.edu

 2018 Summer Camp Application Form