The Confucius Institute at Canterbury College in Windsor was established in 2009 as a branch of the Confucius Institute at Renison University College in Waterloo. It is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of Chinese language, culture, studies and business. It is a joint venture between the Office of Chinese Language Council International, Canterbury College, and the Confucius Institute at Renison University College. Nanjing University, one of China's top universities, is the officially designated partner university. Canterbury College is affiliated with the University of Windsor.
The primary objective of this initial phase of creating a branch of the Confucius Institute at Canterbury College is to establish a centre for Chinese language and culture in the Windsor area. This will include the offering of classes at Canterbury College on the historical development and geographical diversity of various forms of Chinese art, literature and theatre, and its contemporary perspectives. A course is also being offered that students can take for credit at the University of Windsor, or as a diploma course at Canterbury College.
A branch of the Confucius Institute at Canterbury College builds on Canterbury's long tradition of providing residence accommodation for international students, and for the development of language programs to assist students and professionals who are learning English as a second language. The College has as a resource the strengths of the long-established East Asian Studies program at Renison University College, University of Waterloo, and the strong relationship between the University of Waterloo and Nanjing University. The Confucius Institute serves a large community in south-western Ontario, which has rapidly growing academic, business, and tourist relations with China. Canterbury College has well-developed language laboratories for computer-aided instruction, and ample classroom space. It is located immediately adjacent to the University of Windsor campus.
Courses offered by the Confucius Institute, Canterbury College
Courses for credit at the University of Windsor
01-10-262 Special Topics in Chinese Culture
This course offered for credit at the University of Windsor will provide a topical introduction to Chinese culture. The topics may be either historical or contemporary. Topics may change from year to year. Students may repeat the course for credit if the content changes. (Three hours per week. Offered Winter 2011)
Certificate courses at Canterbury College
CC-CI-01 Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture
This course aims to equip the beginner with basic language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing and provide an introduction to Chinese cultures. It is designed for students with little or no background in Chinese language and culture. The course is devoted to the study of Chinese language in the context of traditional and modern Chinese society and culture. This is a certificate course sponsored by the Confucius Institute at Canterbury College. (Offered Winter 2010)
CC-CI-02 Integrated Chinese Language Skills
This course mainly focuses on four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) in the context of Chinese culture. It is designed for students with some or no background in Chinese language and culture. This is a certificate course sponsored by the Confucius Institute at Canterbury College. (To be offered Spring 2011)
CC-CI-03 Conversational Chinese
This course aims to train students who have no previous knowledge of the Chinese language to develop basic listening and speaking skills in Mandarin Chinese. Students will learn basic sentence patterns by engaging in dia-logues from daily life, along with the cultural norms and customs of China associated with everyday experiences. This is a certificate course sponsored by the Confucius Institute at Canterbury College. (Four hours per week. Offered Winter 2011)
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