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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
• Be Responsible (Fuze)
• Be Respectful (Zun zhong)
• Be Ready (Zhun bei hao)
Campus School
University of Memphis
•Why should students learn a foreign
•How long should they pursue language
•One language versus multiple languages?
•When should foreign language learning
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
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
• 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
• To provide a world-class language program that
will offer Mandarin Chinese as a second language
to all Campus School students.
• To incorporate interdisciplinary programs utilizing
the Chinese language and culture such as
mathematics, social studies, the visual arts, the
performing arts, and history.
• To include learning opportunities for parents and
staff as well as students.
• To assist students in becoming fluent in Mandarin
Chinese through the continuity of study over
multiple years.
Why Study Chinese?
• Mandarin Chinese is spoken by more people than any other
language in the world.
• Chinese is the third most spoken language in the United States,
following only English and Spanish.
• China has the largest population in the world with over 1.3 billion
• China has the second largest economy in the world and is one of
America's largest trading partners.
• Studying Chinese gives students a deeper appreciation for Chinese
culture and history.
One-Fifth of the World’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 – Himalayas)
Can I Master Chinese?
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
Campus School, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
Families with Children from China (FCC) – Memphis, TN
Hubei University, Hubei Province, China
Hutchison School, Memphis, TN
Kunming Number One High School, Kunming, China
Lausanne Collegiate School – Memphis, TN
St. Mary’s Episcopal School – Memphis, TN
Students Teaching Students, LLC - International
Tennessee Board of Regents’ Schools - Tennessee
University of Memphis – Memphis, TN
University of Tennessee at Knoxville – Knoxville, TN
Existing Programs and Services
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
• 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.
• The CIUM can provide effective teaching tools, curriculum,
and resources based on sound research and effective
pedagogy methods.
• The CIUM has thousands of resources available for student
and teacher use.
• 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.
How to Contact Us
The Confucius Institute at the
University of Memphis
(901) 678-2595
(901) 678-3166
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