The Confucius Institute at Portland State University Opened Chinese Class in American Companies

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Portland State University [Time]    2014-02-26 10:22:42 

After offering the first Chinese course in Nike Headquarters, the Confucius Institute at Portland State University opened a Chinese class in USAdaxue International Company in January 30th 2014 in an attempt to promote Chinese language and culture to American local companies.

On that day, about 40 staff of USAdaxue attended the Chinese course, who were divided into three classes with 13 students in each one on average. Li Qian, who teaches in the Confucius Institute at Portland State University, used Chinese language teaching materials compiled by local teachers, adopted small-class teaching mode, and taught practical daily communication skills in a flexible and relaxing way. All these were warmly welcomed by the students. When interviewed, Jennifer Loren, the person in charge of USAdaxue International Company said, USAdaxue has a close contact with higher education institutes in China, and their staff members thus have an urgent need for Chinese language learning. Many of them have been to China for personal or business trip, and become quite interested in Chinese language and culture. They hope to strengthen their understanding of Chinese culture through learning the language, so as to better play the role of bridge between China and US higher education institutes. Although most staff hadn’t learned Chinese, they, in their first touch of this new language, had a strong sense of it, and learned the language points efficiently. After the one-hour language course, they could use simple greetings and pronounce Chinese characters. The students all expressed their enthusiasm for the Chinese course and their determination of learning, and they commented favorably on the endeavor of the Confucius Institute at Portland State University in moving the Chinese classroom to local companies.

Hello everyone! I am Li Qian.

How shall we greet each other in Chinese?

How are you?

And you?

Follow me please

Text by Li Qian/Photographed by Liu Renmei