August 30, 2007

SIUC to offer classes on Chinese language, culture

by Hillary Popejoy

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Millions of people in the world converse in the Chinese language and Southern Illinois University Carbondale's Division of Continuing Education will offer two classes for those who want to learn Chinese conversational skills and more.

Each class meets on Mondays from Sept. 10 to Nov. 12. "Introduction to Mandarin Chinese" meets from 5-6:30 p.m. weekly for 10 sessions while Mandarin Chinese I meets from 7-8:30 p.m. each week. Both meet in room 318 in Pulliam Hall on the SIUC campus.

The "Introduction to Mandarin Chinese" class is for beginners and includes language, culture and customs education. It combines intensive training in pronunciation and intonation with essential expressions.

"Mandarin Chinese I" is for those who already have basic Chinese pronunciation skills. Its goal is giving overall training in the communicative skills of listening, speaking and reading. Chinese texts, culture and customs are included and participants will even learn the popular song "Kang Ding Qing Ge."

Registration is $109 per person for each course, which covers the cost of printed materials, a dinner and more. For more information or to register for either course, contact the Division of Continuing Education at 618/536-7751 or visit the Web site at