Confucius Institute at Michigan State University: Experience Chinese

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Online Chinese Teaching Forum & Workshop
Summer Camp
CI-MSU Documentary
Jim Ballard - The Need for CIMSU
Online Chinese Teaching Forum & Workshop


You are cordially invited to attend the Second Online Chinese Teaching Forum and Workshop (OCTFW), which will be held at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, on November 11th-12th, 2016.

Summer Camp


CI-MSU Language and Culture Summer Camps offer three weeks of Chinese language activities to K-12 students in the greater Lansing area. This non-profit summer camp is for children and teens who are interested in learning Chinese language, practicing Chinese art and handicrafts, experiencing Chinese culture and tradition, and making friends from different cultural backgrounds. No previous exposure to the Chinese language is necessary. Through the camps, students increase their multicultural competence by engaging in interactive, fun, and educational activities provided by professional camp teachers. We offer three weeks of camp at different levels: K-5, 6-8 and 9-12th grade. Students are grouped with each other based upon previous Chinese experience. During the camps, students have the opportunity to engage in diverse activities and use specialized learning materials which are tailored for each level of group.

CI-MSU Documentary


Check out the documentary of Confucius Institute at Michigan State University.

Jim Ballard - The Need for CIMSU

Jim Ballard - Executive Director of the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP) describes the need for CIMSU.
The mission of the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals is to promote excellence in school leadership by serving, supporting and raising recognition of its members, and on their behalf, advocating education system improvements for the benefit of students, teachers, principals and schools throughout Michigan.

Learn Chinese - Experience China

At the Confucius Institute at Michigan State University (CI-MSU) we believe in delivering high quality Chinese language instruction to K-12 institutions and businesses, tailored to meet the specific demands of learning Chinese as a foreign language in the U.S.

Established in May 2006 MSU Confucius Institute (CI-MSU) is a collaborative effort of Michigan State University, Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban), and Open University of China. CI-MSU is the premiere Confucius Institute, offering 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 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 fund their Chinese language programs.

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 distance learning courses to meet the needs of students who do not have traditional access to second language opportunities as well as support face-to-face instructions in schools across the country. We offer culture summer camps for elementary to high school students in both the US 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 education 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 instruction possible.

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

iStock_000011086411XSmallCI-MSU 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 specifically for English-speaking middle school and high school students. Chinese Your Way was built using the latest 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 three years of research and development behind Chinese Your Way as a language learning software, it is no surprise that it received the "Outstanding Teaching Material" award in 2008 by Hanban.

Educational Global Citizenship (EGC) is a culture and language immersion program that can enable students to become bilingual, bi-cultural, and bi-literate while achieving at a high academic level. Starting as a preschools program, EGC is a form of dual language immersion education that was designed by a team of educational experts from the US and China, which provides children with a rich and supportive learning environment by teaching the core academic content in two languages: English and Chinese. Debuting in summer 2005 at the 3E International Kindergarten in Beijing, China, EGC schools are widely recognized for the outstanding education achievements and excellent service to their communities.

Extensive Partnerships and Cooperation across the World

iStock_000003876463XSmallCI-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. Starting from 2006, CI-MSU developed EGC immersion programs in 4 schools in Michigan: Lansing, Forest Hills, Lamphere and Utica, supported by over $3.5 million federal grants from the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Defenses. In China, the first EGC School was launched with the start of the 3E International Kindergarten in Beijing, 2005. Language and culture courses have been developed in a wild range of K-12 schools spread over the nation.

Cooperating with Michigan Virtual High School (MVHS), a not-for-profit online education and training corporation funded by the Michigan Legislature in July 2000, CI-MSU is offering online Chinese courses to high school and middle school students using its interactive teaching methods and well developed e-textbook Chinese Your Way. CI-MSU has been working collaboratively with 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 300 Confucius Institutes in 78 countries 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 #1 in Teacher Education by U.S. News & World Report for the last 15 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 computer networks.