Language Education in Nebraskan Schools
At the core of our mission is Chinese language teaching in primary and secondary schools in the state of Nebraska. Our public school Chinese language teachers are sponsored and certified by the Nebraska Department of Education. In 2017, instructors from the Confucius Institute teach Chinese language and culture classes in 10 public schools and 1 private school across the state of Nebraska.
The Confucius Institute also offers credit courses at Southeast Community College in Lincoln. Credits are fully transferable to the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.
The Confucius Institute Also offers low-cost language classes on evenings and weekends for adults and children. Our adult classes or Confucius Classroom classes are geared towards working professionals who seek a basic grasp of the language to better prepare themselves in dealing with Chinese counterparts. Our children's classes or Confucius Kids' classes exposes young children to the Chinese language and teaches them about Chinese culture. These classes are 12 weeks long and are held at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, University of Nebraska - Omaha, and Bellevue University.
For years the Confucius Institute has worked with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute on programs and courses for individuals 55 and up, including Taichi, Chinese History, and Chinese culture and society classes.
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The Confucius Institute offers a number of scholarships and study abroad opportunities for Nebraskan students, scholars, and Chinese language teachers. For university students, we offer scholarships for Master Degree programs in China to study teaching Chinese as a foreign language (MTCSOL), one year and one semester exchange scholarships in China in many fields of study. We also offer summer homestay study abroad programs for university students.
In addition, the Confucius Institute organizes the China Bridge Summer Camp for American high school students to study for two fun-filled weeks in China that has a lasting impact on students’ lives.
We also sponsor the Educators Tour, a two week cultural exchange in China for Nebraskan educators and education officials to better understand Chinese culture and different educational programs in China.
Not only does the Confucius Institute engage in classroom teaching, it also provides support to public school teachers and seeks to educate the public about Chinese culture and society through guest lectures, cultural performances, and events.
Every year, the Confucius Institute organizes the China in the Classroom Seminar for Nebraskan social studies, history, language and arts teachers, and the Chinese Language Teaching Seminar and Workshop.
The Confucius Institute participates in various culture and heritage nights in public schools and organizes interactive and engaging activities for students, such as the “Tasting the History of Tea” lecture and activities, Chinese Speech Competition, and guest teaching.
We host a series of cultural events to celebrate various Chinese holidays. Some of these events include public cultural performances of Taichi, calligraphy, and traditional music, sponsoring professional Chinese musical performances at the Lied Center, Chinese art exhibitions, film festival, and cooking classes, which are held throughout the year.