The Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis Dr. Susan Copeland, Principal, Ed Rebecca Scott, Assistant Principal Dr. Hsiang-te Kung, PhD, Director, CIUM Riki H. Jackson, B.S., M.B.A. Campus School Motto вЂў Be Responsible (Fuze) вЂў Be Respectful (Zun zhong) вЂў Be Ready (Zhun bei hao) Campus School University of Memphis вЂўWhy should students learn a foreign language? вЂўHow long should they pursue language studies? вЂўOne language versus multiple languages? вЂўWhen should foreign language learning begin? Who We Are The Confucius Institute is a non-profit, public institute with the goal of promoting Chinese language and culture and supporting local Chinese teaching internationally through affiliated Confucius Institutes around the globe. Confucius Institutes were established by the Office of Chinese Language Council International headquartered in Beijing. The University of Memphis is home to the only Confucius Institute in the state of Tennessee and the first in the Mid-South. In conjunction with its partner institution, Hubei University in China, the Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis promotes understanding of the Chinese language and culture among the people of the United States, develops friendly relations between the U.S. and China, accelerates the expansion of multiculturalism, and provides opportunities for students studying the Chinese language. What We Do вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў Offer Chinese language and culture classes Offer Chinese cultural lecture series Offer Chinese proficiency assessment tests Provide teacher training Provide a wealth of research and resources Provide opportunities for scholar and student exchange programs Encourage Sino-American comparative research Provide services and consultation to communities and the state Provide sister school programs with schools in China Provide distance learning opportunities with teachers in China Provide on campus Chinese courses and cultural programs for academic and non-academic credit Our Mission вЂў The mission of the Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis (CIUM) is to promote the Chinese language and culture, promote friendly relationships between China and the world, and to enhance the development of multiculturalism in order to contribute to the building of a harmonious world. Our Vision for Campus School вЂў To provide a world-class language program that will offer Mandarin Chinese as a second language to all Campus School students. вЂў To incorporate interdisciplinary programs utilizing the Chinese language and culture such as mathematics, social studies, the visual arts, the performing arts, and history. вЂў To include learning opportunities for parents and staff as well as students. вЂў To assist students in becoming fluent in Mandarin Chinese through the continuity of study over multiple years. Why Study Chinese? вЂў Mandarin Chinese is spoken by more people than any other language in the world. вЂў Chinese is the third most spoken language in the United States, following only English and Spanish. вЂў China has the largest population in the world with over 1.3 billion people. вЂў China has the second largest economy in the world and is one of America's largest trading partners. вЂў Studying Chinese gives students a deeper appreciation for Chinese culture and history. One-Fifth of the WorldвЂ™s Population Lives in China A Few Interesting Facts About China Population: 1.3 Billion Capital: Beijing Language: The official language is Mandarin Coastline: 14,500 km Climate: Extremely diverse climate ranging from tropical in the south to subarctic in the north Terrain: Mostly mountains, high plateaus, deserts in west; plains, deltas, and hills in the east Highest point: Mount Everest, at 8,850 meters, the world's tallest mountain (Tibet вЂ“ Himalayas) Can I Master Chinese? Yes! In Mandarin, there are no verb conjugations, gender differentiations, or a need for nounadjective agreement. In addition, there are no articles (the, a, an), no number agreements nor a need for capitalization. Partner Schools and Programs вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў Campus School, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN Families with Children from China (FCC) вЂ“ Memphis, TN Hubei University, Hubei Province, China Hutchison School, Memphis, TN Kunming Number One High School, Kunming, China Lausanne Collegiate School вЂ“ Memphis, TN St. MaryвЂ™s Episcopal School вЂ“ Memphis, TN Students Teaching Students, LLC - International Tennessee Board of RegentsвЂ™ Schools - Tennessee University of Memphis вЂ“ Memphis, TN University of Tennessee at Knoxville вЂ“ Knoxville, TN Existing Programs and Services вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў Chinese Language Courses Chinese Cultural Courses Professional Lecture Series Chinese Calligraphy Courses Research and Resources Chinese Summer Camps (China and Memphis) Student Exchange Programs Chinese Proficiency Exams and Assessments Teacher Training Visiting Professor Program What the Confucius Institute Will Offer Campus School вЂў The CIUM is the only Confucius Institute in the state of Tennessee located on the U of M campus only a few hundred feet from Campus School. вЂў The CIUM can provide effective teaching tools, curriculum, and resources based on sound research and effective pedagogy methods. вЂў The CIUM has thousands of resources available for student and teacher use. вЂў The CIUM has the full support of the University of Memphis, the Confucius International Headquarters in Beijing, HANBAN, as well as support from Asian leaders and educators at the local, state, regional, national, and international level. Questions? How to Contact Us The Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis (CIUM) www.memphis.edu/cium (901) 678-2595 (901) 678-3166 Xie Xie!