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Confucius Institute Community Class a Hit


Date: 8/4/2009

The Confucius Institute (CI) at Texas A&M has successfully concluded the second community-based introductory Chinese language and culture class offered by the institute. The non-credit course began on February 5 and attracted 42 participants from the communities of Bryan and College Station, an increase from the 38 that participated in the inaugural class during the fall semester. 

Ms. Ying Wang, a visiting professor from Ocean University of China, led students in the study of Mandarin Chinese and culture.  Participants were introduced to basic conversational Chinese and reading and writing skills while also participating in lectures designed to cover basic Chinese cultural issues such as family, foods, and festivals.  The community class received rave reviews in evaluations but students were particularly appreciative of the effective teaching methods of Professor Wang.

Subodh Parbhu, a graduate student pursuing his MS in Computer Engineering at Texas A&M, was one such participant who praised teaching ability of the visiting professor.

“She [Professor Wang] has a charming nature which eases you into the world of Chinese.” said Parbhu. 

Although the class was initially scheduled from February 5 through May 7, overwhelming requests from participants to extend the class prompted Professor Wang to conduct the class into July. 

Based on the success of the Chinese language and culture classes and the positive responses from the community, the Confucius Institute will be offering the community-based class each semester.  Introductory Chinese language and culture class is offered at no cost to participants and open to Bryan /College Station community members, friends of the university, and students of Texas A&M University.  For more information regarding upcoming community classes offered by the Confucius Institute please contact the Institute of Pacific Asia at 979-845-3099.


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