Focus Area 3
General Language Instruction
In addition to business – oriented Chinese language instruction, the Confucius Institute will also provide general language instruction. Our initial course offerings in this category will include basic courses in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Gradually, as needs dictate, we will add courses in Chinese history, Chinese literature, and Chinese cultural history.
General Language Instruction for the Business CommunityOur informal research shows that within the business community, apart from the section of the population that needs short – term or expedited training in Chinese language and culture, there is also a sizable part of the community that wishes to learn Chinese on a normal pace. This part of the population may not have an immediate business need for Chinese language and culture, but they either anticipate such a need in the future or are genuinely interested in learning about Chinese language and culture.
General Language Instruction for the General PublicThere is a steady increasing interest in Chinese language and culture in the general public. This section of the population will provide a steady student source for the general language instruction at our Confucius Institute.
Language Instruction through Collaboration with Other Universities in Metro AtlantaThere are 16 colleges and universities in metro Atlanta, with a student population over a hundred thousand. Unfortunately, these colleges, with the exception of the few large research institutions, are not in a position to offer Chinese classes for lack of appropriate resources. Interest in Chinese at these colleges, however, is high. Through this intercollegiate collaboration, our Confucius Institute will be able to meet the needs of this student population. In addition, we will also be in a position to provide information about study abroad opportunities in China.
Language Instruction for Children of Chinese DescentMetro Atlanta has an estimated Chinese population of 30,000-40,000. Most of the children in these families either were born or grew up in the U.S., with limited exposure to the Chinese language environment. Most of these children, especially the younger ones, speak very limited Chinese and can neither read nor write. Most of them attend Sunday Chinese schools. Due to lack of well designed curriculum and lack of training and uneven quality among the faculty of these Chinese schools, most children in these schools make slow and limited progress. Our well designed courses and well trained faculty will offer a desirable alternative for many of these students.