Chinese Language and Culture Class I in Fall 2017

Upcoming Events

2017 Fall Chinese Language and Culture / Tai Chi / Martial Arts Courses

Monday, August 21, 2017

Confucius Institute at University of North Florida offers non-credit Chinese courses in fall 2017. 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 (On Campus)

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.

 

August 21-December 1, 2017

Monday&Wednesday
1:00p.m.-2:30p.m.

Location:
UNF Building 10, Room 2427


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.

September 5-November 28, 2017  Tuesday
 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 

Room:UNF Herbert University Center (43) 
 
 Link to the class information on the Continuing Education website 

Chinese Language and Culture II (on Campus)

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. 


The course is taught by the Confucius Institute's Chinese linguistics instructor Dr. Kun Liu.Dr. Kun Liu earned her Ph.D. in Chinese Literature. She teaches Chinese language and culture at Shaanxi Normal University, China for 15 years and won several teaching awards from Shaanxi Normal University. She has trained teachers in teaching Chinese in Japan and Thailand.

 

August 22 -December 1, 2017

Tuesday & Thursday

 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm 

 

 

Location:

UNF Building 10, Room 2427

Dr. Kun Liu

 

 Click here to register

 Chinese Language and Culture II   (Continuing Education) 

 

This interactive 12-week course will help those who have had at least 20 hours of basic Chinese to improve their communications skills so that they can speak more fluently and feel more confident talking with native speakers. The course will be instructed 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.


The course is taught by the Confucius Institute's Chinese linguistics teacher, Dr.Kun Liu. Dr. Kun Liu earned her Ph.D. in Chinese Literature. She teaches Chinese language and culture at Shaanxi Normal University, China for 15 years and won several teaching awards from Shaanxi Normal University. She has trained teachers in teaching Chinese in Japan and Thailand.

September 7-November 30, 2017  Thursday
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Room:UNF Herbert University Center (43)
   Link to the class information on the Continuing Education website
Tai Chi / Martial Arts

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.

Basic skills to Chinese Martial Arts includes:
1. Footwork, Handwork, Legwork
2.Fanziquan, one kind of Chinese Martial Arts, mainly relies on Handwork to fight with the opponent in attack and defense
3. Biangan (short-stick) one of weapons to Chinese Martial Arts, mainly depends on the head, the end and the body of Biangan to attack and defense in fighting with the opponent
4. Gongfujianzi (Kongfu Shuttlecock) is a team event one team made up with 6-player Vs the other team along a net (similar to Volleyball, but kicking Shuttlecock with the foot).

 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 UNF faculty,staff & students): 
August 23-December 1, 2017

 

Session Two (for youngsters): August 27-October 15 
(Section One) 
October 22 -December 10 
(Section Two) 

 

Session Three (for adults): 
August 27-October 15 
(Section One) 
October 22 -December 10 (Section Two) 

For UNF faculty,staff & students: 
Wednesday & Friday :  
3:30-5:00 pm 
Location: UNF Arena, Room 1062 


For youngsters: 
Sunday : 
2:00-3:20 pm    

Location:

Osprey Plaza Booth (Student Union)

 

 

 

For adults: 
Sunday :  
3:40-5:00 pm

(Total number of people per class: 20)

Location:

Osprey Plaza Booth (Student Union)

 Dr. Peng Liu 

  Click here  to register Tai Chi/Martial Arts class

 
 Click here to register for Younsters' Tai Chi/Martial Arts class

Confucius Institute Lecture Series in Fall 2017

Friday, September 22, 2017

Lecture One:

Date: 09/15/2017 (rescheduled to 09/22/2017), Friday

Time:2:00- 3:30pm

Location:UNF Coggin College, Classroom 1114

Topic:Confucianism in Modern Perspective (in English)

Speaker:Dr. Lian An, Professor of Economics

Moderator: Dr. Kening Wang

RSVP: confuciusinstitute@unf.edu

 

Abstract: Confucianism, one of the most famous ancient Chinese philosophies, was founded by Confucius who was born 500 years before Christ. Confucianism weathered through the vagaries of human history for more than 2000 years and is shining even more brightly today. The pride of a nation is also the pride of the world. Confucianism draws a lot of attention of philosophers from around the world. What is Confucianism? What are the main principles of it? What is the implication of Confucianism in our modern era? How can ordinary people utilize the Confucianism principles as a guidance of self-cultivation and improve our daily life? Keynote speaker, Dr. Lian An, will give a general introduction on these issues.

 

 

Lecture Two

Date:10/06/2017,Friday

Time:2:00- 3:30 pm

Location: UNF Coggin College, Classroom 1114

Topic:Confucianism and Education (in English)      

Speaker:Dr. Kening Wang, Associate Professor of Mathematics 

Moderator: Dr. Mei Zhao

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.

 

 

Lecture Three:

Date:10/27/2017, Friday

Time:2:00-3:30pm

Location: UNF Coggin College, Classroom 1114

Topic:Confucianism and Leadership ( in English)

Speaker: Dr. Mei Zhao, Professor of Health Administration

Moderator: Dr. Kening Wang

RSVP: confuciusinstitute@unf.edu

 

Abstract: Leadership is hard to define, it means different things to different people. Eisenhower said “Leadership is the art of getting some else to do something you want done because he want to do it”; Martin Luther King said “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus”; Theodore Roosevelts said “the leader leads. The boss drives”. How Confucius define leadership? How Confucius offer specific strategy for effective leadership? There are 21 occasions in the Analects on leadership. Dr. Zhao, director of Master of Health Administration program, will elaborate how she practice leadership principles in the Analects to her daily management of the program at the university. 

 

Lecture Four:

Date:11/17/2017, Friday

Time:2:00-3:30 pm

Location: UNF Coggin College, Classroom 1114

Topic:Confucianism and Communication (in English)

Speaker:Dr. Jing Xu

Moderator: Dr. Kening Wang

RSVP: confuciusinstitute@unf.edu

 

Abstract: Communication skills are a vital interpersonal skill that is essential to a successful career and harmonious life.  How does one acquire communication skills? What advice does Confucius offer 2000 years ago that make one competent in intercultural and interpersonal communication? Dr. Xu will talk about his understanding of the principles of communication skills in Confucianism, specifically, he will talk from the following perspectives: the obstacle of communication, the timing of communication, and the strategies of communication which includes strategy on persuasion, declining and refusing. Finally, he will summarize the utmost art of communication.