Confucius Institute offers summer program for teachers, students interested in learning Chinese language and culture

March 29th, 2010

SMITHFIELD, R.I.  - Bryant University's Confucius Institute is offering two summer programs for the study of Chinese language and culture.

 The two-week program for middle- and high-school students and three-week program for current and prospective K-12 teachers are offered through a grant from STARTALK, part of the federal government's National Security Language Initiative, which seeks to expand and improve the teaching and learning of strategically important world languages that are not widely taught in the United State. This is the fourth consecutive year Bryant has received a STARTALK grant.

Program for teachers in grades K-12

The teacher program runs from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. July 6-9, 12-17 and 19-24. There are two tracks: the language track for current and prospective Chinese language teachers from public, private and heritage schools, and the culture track for teachers of social studies, history, arts, literature, science and other subject areas who are interested in incorporating Chinese culture and language contents into their curriculum.

Participants who live 30 or more miles away from Bryant are eligible for free housing in campus residence halls.

The program fee is $150 (non-refundable). A refundable deposit of $200 is due by check on the first day of the program. The deposit will be refunded only after full attendance of the program.

The application deadline is April 30. For an application or more information, contact Mr. Kongli Liu, assistant director for academic programs at Bryant's U.S.-China Institute, 401-232-6566, or send email to

Program for middle- and high-school students

The two-week student program runs July 12-24 (no activity Sunday, July 18).

The program offers intensive Chinese language training at different levels, as well as diverse cultural activities including martial arts, calligraphy, and table tennis. The fee is $150, $100 of which will be refunded to participants who have satisfactory attendance and a passing grade after completing the program.

The application deadline is April 30. For an application or more information, contact Ms. Kun Xie, assistant director of Bryant's Confucius Institute, 401-232-6883, or send email to

Optional two-week trip to China

An optional, subsidized two-week trip to Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province, and Beijing will follow in late July for teachers and high school participants. The deadline to apply for the optional trip is May 18.


Keywords: Chinese language instruction, Confucius Institute, Startalk, U.S.- China Institute