August 11, 2008

Courses focus on Chinese language, culture

by Ashley McRaven

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Are you planning a trip to China? Or do you perhaps have an interest in learning basic Chinese conversational skills for personal or professional purposes? The Division of Continuing Education at Southern Illinois University Carbondale offers two courses giving people the opportunity to learn more about the Chinese language, culture and customs.

Introduction to Mandarin Chinese gives beginners intensive training in pronunciation, intonation and essential expressions associated with the Chinese language. The 10-week course covers a variety of related topics, including Chinese culture and customs.

Mandarin Chinese I is for those who already have some knowledge of the language and basic pronunciations. It provides a more in-depth approach to listening, speaking, reading and writing Chinese.

Both courses meet on Wednesdays from Sept. 10 through Nov. 12 in Room 318 at Pulliam Hall. The Introduction to Mandarin Chinese course is on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. while the Mandarin Chinese I class meets from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

The registration fee is $109 and includes all printed materials, a dinner at Hunan Village restaurant and more. Registration is on a first-come basis. For more information or to register, contact the Division of Continuing Education at 618/536-7751 or look online at