Chinese Language & Culture
Are you interested in Chinese travel, culture, or business? China is more accessible to the international visitor than ever before, and is becoming an increasingly important power in the global economy. Now is the time to learn to speak Chinese with our language classes in Mandarin, the most widely spoken Chinese dialect.
In our courses you will learn about Chinese culture, mythology, economics, business etiquette, folk music, geography and more. And now you do not have to learn to read and write Chinese characters in order to learn to speak Chinese. These courses use Pinyin, a method of writing Chinese in the Roman alphabet.
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Chinese language and culture 1:
beginning: This course provides an introduction
to Chinese language and culture, with
an emphasis on developing basic
conversational ability. Areas covered
include greetings, commonly used
expressions, question phrases, and
description. Gain cultural knowledge
through in-class exercises and takehome
Instructor: Xiuping Zhu
Chinese language and culture 2: ongoing: Continue learning Chinese through a fast, interactive, and practical approach. Improve your listening and speaking skills as you converse about more complex topics. Prerequisite: Chinese 1 or equivalent. Instructor: Xiuping Zhu
Chinese language and culture 3: intermediate: Continue learning Chinese through a fast, interactive, and practical approach. Improve your listening and speaking skills, with an increased emphasis on conversation about more advanced topics. Prerequisite: Chinese 2 or equivalent. Instructor: Xiuping Zhu
If you aren't sure which level is right for you, please contact the Chinese classes coordinator at email@example.com.
Textbooks for language classes are available for preview and purchase on campus in the University Book Store's lower level, in the outreach section. The University Book Store is located at 711 State St., Madison (at Lake St., on the Library Mall). See campus map.
Xiuping Zhu (MA in English linguistics), a native of China, is a UW-Madison School of Education graduate student in the World Language Education Program. She has taught Chinese at the Madison Chinese School and Madison Hope Chinese School.
How to register
Call 608-262-2451, 7:00 am-4:00 pm, M-F. Specific program numbers and links to the mail-in registration form or to register online can be found in the continuing education catalog.
- Madison area registration questions: 608-262-2451.
- UW-Madison Continuing Studies in languages: firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-262-7389.
- Join the mailing list for Chinese or other language programs.
- Review frequently asked questions about language programs.