Learn Chinese - Experience China
Established in May 2006, theMSU Confucius Institute (CI-MSU) is a collaborative effort of Michigan State University, Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban), and the Open University of China.
CI-MSU offers innovative
programs and services to meet the rising demand for high-quality Chinese
language and culture education worldwide. It has been selected for
three consecutive years as the Confucius Institute of the Year by the
Chinese Ministry of Education. Its eTextbook, Chinese Your Way, has
won several international Chinese language curriculum awards. CI-MSU offers
Chinese language and culture instruction to over 30,000 students
worldwide. CI-MSU has fostered partnerships with dozens of schools,
districts, intermediate school districts and community colleges in the
U.S. Through these partnerships, CI-MSU has helped its partners to
receive over $3 million in grant funding to support their Chinese language
CI-MSU understands the
diverse needs of Chinese language learners and the institutions that
wish to offer Chinese language programs. To address these needs, we have
developed a host of services. CI-MSU has custom-designed products,
programs and services for young children, K-12 students and adults. Our
mission is to serve the whole community, both individual learners and
larger institutions. We offer online courses to meet
the needs of students who do not have traditional access to second
language opportunities; we also support face-to-face instructions in
schools across the country. We offer culture summer camps for elementary
to high school students in both the U.S. and China. We have pioneered the
most effective way to place high-quality, trained Chinese language
teachers in classrooms quickly while certifying them as Chinese language
teachers through MSU's Teacher Preparation Program. Most importantly we
are here to help, responding to schools' unique needs by customizing our
programs and services to deliver the best quality Chinese language
This is reflected in our goals to:
- Meet the ever-increasing demand for Chinese education in the U.S.
- Promote Chinese culture and language worldwide.
- Provide quality Chinese learning materials and experience to both K-12 students and adults.
- Develop new teaching
resources and for teachers and schools as well as provide consulting to
existing teachers and school districts.
- Recruit and train highly qualified & certified Chinese teachers for K-12 schools.
- Conduct research on issues specific to teaching Chinese as a foreign language.
- Reform and create an innovative & effective learning and teaching system for Chinese language and culture.
Revolutionary Ways to Learn Chinese Language and Culture
takes pride in its innovative, yet practical, approach to meet the
needs of our learners. It was the first to offer online Mandarin courses
for high school students. It was the first to design and offer
community college-level courses in the virtual environment Second Life.
It was also the first to release a Massively Multi-player Online Role
Playing Game (MMORPG) for teaching language and culture. Below are a few
examples of how you can experience CI-MSU's revolutionary way of
teaching Chinese language and culture.
Chinese Your Way is a high quality Chinese culture and language courseware system
designed by CI-MSU that was created specifically for English-speaking middle and
high school students. Chinese Your Way was built using research and best practices in second language instruction, addressing
students' learning styles and needs. Chinese Your Way enables students
to learn Chinese at their own pace with thousands of interactive
multimedia and video language encounters. With multiple years of research
and development behind Chinese Your Way as a language learning software,
it is no surprise that it received the Hanban's "Outstanding Teaching Material"
award in 2008.
Extensive Partnerships and Cooperation across the World
CI-MSU believes in collaboration and partnerships. We have built a strong and extensive network of partners with more than 20 schools and school districts in both U.S. and China. Cooperating with Michigan Virtual (MV), a non-profit online education and training corporation funded by the Michigan Legislature in July 2000, CI-MSU offers online Chinese courses to secondary school students using interactive teaching methods. CI-MSU has been working collaboratively
with the MSU College of Education and the Beijing Channel Consulting Ltd., to develop a comprehensive Chinese teachers recruiting, training and support program, which is providing highly qualified
Chinese language teachers and educational support to schools nationwide. CI-MSU is also part of the larger Confucius Institute network of over 500 Confucius Institutes worldwide. As more and more schools, institutions and businesses join in cooperation
with us, there is a rapid extension of partnership possibilities encompassing the globe.
Elite and Professional Working Teams
Established in the MSU College of Education,
rated No. 1 in elementary and secondary education by U.S. News & World Report for more than 20 years, CI-MSU is supported by a strong research &
development teams. Professional teacher training teams composed of
professors from the College of Education provide
high quality training programs for the Chinese Teacher Certification
Program. Researchers recruited from top academic institutions develop
our educational ideology and best practice educational approaches in
Chinese language instruction. The development teams are devoted to
designing and launching new programs with superior technical foundations
that push individual, group and formal Chinese language instruction in
the classroom and online. Groups of experienced teachers provide
continuing support and consulting for teachers and schools nationwide.
The program's development and execution at CI-MSU rely on the abundant
resources, techniques and support from the Open University of China,
which is the first in China to develop a modern long distance teaching
model using multi-media, radio, TV, audio-visional materials and