Language and Culture

Learn about culture and customs from experienced instructors.

Chinese I (HSK I) — Part I

Date: Sept. 4 - Dec. 6, 2017

Chinese I (HSK I) is a two-part course designed for non-native Chinese learners. It introduces the official Chinese language-Mandarin (or Putonghua). The course aims to help students obtain an adequate mastery of basic language skills in both spoken and written Chinese and lay a good foundation for further study. Throughout the semester, this class will also introduce the Chinese culture and tradition to students. Students will learn the Chinese phonology, vocabulary and grammar and sentence patterns; they will also learn how to read and write Chinese characters. Specifically, through such activities as vocabulary-in-context, sentence pattern practice, listening and reading comprehension, dialogue and role-play, students will learn to use Chinese in speech and writing in common, real-life scenarios. This is a slow-paced class designed to ensure maximum retention and student enjoyment. UWF staff/faculty who complete both semesters and pass the HSK I test are eligible to receive a scholarship to attend the annual summer program in China. 


Schedule: 
Mondays & Wednesdays
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Tuition: $30.00 

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Chinese I (HSK I) — Part II

Dates: Sept. 5 - Dec. 7, 2017

Chinese I (HSK I) Part II is the second half of a two-part course designed for non-native Chinese learners. It introduces students to the official Chinese language-Mandarin (or Putonghua). The course aims to help students obtain an adequate mastery of basic language skills in both spoken and written Chinese and lay a good foundation for further study. Throughout the semester, this class will also introduce the Chinese culture and tradition to students. Students will learn the Chinese phonology, vocabulary and grammar, and sentence patterns; they will also learn how to read and write Chinese characters. Specifically, through such activities as vocabulary-in-context, sentence pattern practice, listening and reading comprehension, dialogue and role-play, students will learn to use Chinese in speech and writing in common, real-life scenarios. This is a slow-paced class designed to ensure maximum retention and student enjoyment. UWF staff/faculty that complete both semesters and pass the HSK 1 test are eligible to receive a scholarship to attend the annual summer program in China.


Schedule: 
Tuesdays & Thursdays
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Tuition: $30.00 

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Conversational Japanese III

Dates: Sept. 28, 2017 - Nov. 16, 2017

Designed for people who have taken Conversational Japanese I and/or II or are comfortable with basic Japanese language including useful daily expressions, basic vocabularies and daily conversation. Students should be able to read hiragana. This course will expand on the basic knowledge by introducing more complex sentence structures, vocabulary and conversation skills. Various teaching materials, cards, videos, games and role play will be used. 


Schedule: 
Thursdays
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: UWF Pensacola Campus, Bldg. TBD
Tuition: $69.00 Register Now

Japanese Sushi Workshop

Date: October 14, 2017

Learn how to make sushi in this exciting 2-hour workshop! There are many exciting aspects of sushi-making that we will explore. From the rolling to the pressing, this workshop will provide everything you’ll need to know. Sushi is commonly made with raw fish; however you can also use vegetables, ham, cheese, or a variety of other ingredients. We’ll also learn about the finer points of how to properly make sushi rice. You can showcase your creativity and show off your skills at your next family gathering or party! Limited space available.


Schedule: 
Saturday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: UWF Japan House
Tuition: $20.00 

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Shotokan Karate

Dates: Aug. 24 - Sept. 19, 2017; Seot. 21 - Oct. 17, 2017; Oct. 19 - Nov. 14, 2017; Nov. 16 - Dec. 17, 2017 (No class: Nov. 23)

This class is offered to both those with martial arts experience (beginner, intermediate and advanced) and those without and examines the methods involved in traditional Karate-do, or 'Way of the empty hand', through a traditional Japanese style known as Shotokan Karate. With a membership in over 100 countries, the JKA is the world’s largest and most prestigious karate organization. Recognized heir to the Shotokan karate tradition, it is the only legal karate entity officially approved by the Japanese government as an association of members for the promotion of karate. This course will further stress the importance of the health benefits and unarmed self-defense techniques resulting from physical conditioning and mental discipline. A plain white ji (uniform) is required for this class. Uniforms are available from the instructor at an additional cost, or students may provide their own.


Schedule: 
Tuesdays & Thursdays
6:00 PM - 7:15 PM 
Location:
 UWF Pensacola Campus, Bldg. 72, Teaching Gym
Tuition: $250 all sessions or $70 individual monthly sessions  Learn More

Tai Chi

Dates: Aug. 30 – Dec. 13, 2017

Experience the beautiful and calming martial art of Tai Chi, and expand your knowledge of its origin in ancient Chinese culture thousands of years ago in the Zhou Dynasty. Dating back some 600 years, Tai Chi is a popular exercise program in which almost anyone can participate. Tai Chi consists of gentle, fluid movements that are relaxed and slow in tempo, leading some to call it “meditation in motion.” Tai Chi has a multitude of health and wellness benefits including muscle strengthening, cardiovascular fitness, joint flexibility and improvement in balance, posture and concentration. It has also been found to reduce stress and blood pressure, and best of all, it’s fun to do! The Confucius Institute is hosting a new Tai Chi class for students, faculty and staff. We welcome all to join!


Schedule: 
Wednesdays
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: UWF Pensacola Campus, Bldg. 72 (HLES), Blue Studio
Tuition: $30.00 Register Now

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