Yearly Archives: 2018

Autumn Term Classes start from 30 Sept.

We offer a diverse programme of evening classes for the general public to enjoy learning Chinese. Our Autumn 2019 courses will start week beginning 30 September and booking for these classes is now open.

All classes take place on the Confucius Institute for Scotland Campus sitting in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat. You can download a map showing the campus layout here – Conf-campus-map

LANGUAGE CLASSES September – December 2019

An absolute beginner can join us at the start of each term. If you have some previous learning and have not yet started classes with us please get in touch and we can arrange an assessment to ensure you are placed in the most suitable class. For this, or any other questions please email info@confuciusinstitute.ac.uk. You can also call us on 0131 662 2180.

Please note that course names have been changed to reflect the Common European Framework for Modern Languages.  The table below gives the previous names of courses in second position. Click on the class you are interested in for more info.

autumn 2019 Timetable

CLass level Code Day(s) Dates-all 2019 Time Full Price / Student
Beginners 1
Chinese 1.1
CH060-109 Monday 30 Sep – 2 Dec 6.00-8.00pm £136/£91
Beginners 1
Chinese 1.1
CH060-110 Tuesday 1 Oct – 3 Dec 6.00-8.00pm £136/£91
Beginners 1
Chinese 1.1
CH060-111 Wednesday 2 Oct – 4 Dec  6.00-8.00pm £136/£91
Beginners 1
Chinese 1.1
CH060-112 Thursday 3 Oct – 5 Dec  6.00-8.00pm £136/£91
Beginners 2
Chinese 1.2
CH061-105 Monday 30 Sep – 2 Dec 6.00-8.00pm £136/£91
Beginners 2
Chinese 1.2
CH061-106 Wednesday 2 Oct – 4 Dec 6.00-8.00pm £136/£91
Beginners 3
Chinese 1.3
CH062-103 Thursday 3 Oct – 5 Dec 6.00-8.00pm £136/£91
Elementary 1
Chinese 2.1
CH063-103 Thursday 3 Oct – 5 Dec 6.00-8.00pm £136/£91
       Elementary 2      Chinese 2.2 CH064-103 Monday  30 Sep – 2 Dec 6.00-8.00pm £136/£91
      Elementary 3      Chinese 2.3 CH065-103 Monday 30 Sep – 2 Dec  6.00-8.00pm £136/£91
Intermediate 1
Chinese 3.1
CH066-103 Thursday 3 Oct – 5 Dec 6.00-8.00pm £136/£91
Intermediate 2
Chinese 3.2
CH067-103 Monday  30 Sep – 2 Dec 6.00-8.00pm £136/£91
Intermediate 3
Chinese 3.3
CH068-103 Thursday 3 Oct – 5 Dec 6.00-8.00pm £136/£91
Intermediate 5
Chinese 4.1
CH070-103 Monday 30 Sep – 2 Dec 6.00-8.00pm £136/£91
Upper Intermediate 1
Chinese 5.1
CH072-103 Wednesday 2 Oct – 4 Dec  6.00-8.00pm £136/£91
Upper Intermediate 2
Chinese 5.2
CH074 -103 Thursday 3 Oct – 5 Dec 6.00-8.00pm £136/£91
Advanced Chinese 2
Chinese 6.2
CH075-103 Tuesday 1 Oct – 3 Dec 6.00-8.00pm £136/£91
Upper Advanced
Chinese Advanced
CH076-103 Monday 30 Sep – 2 Dec 6.00-8.00pm £136/£91

Evening classes run for two hours on the same evening for a ten week term. No assessment is carried out but students are encouraged to test their developing skills by sitting the globally run HSK test.

Excellence in teaching is paramount. Our teachers are seconded from Fudan University which regularly send us experienced senior teachers and a number of Masters candidates in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages. You can see the profiles of our current and previous teachers by clicking here.

Our classes are geared for adult learners at age of 16 and over.  For younger learners please enquire about private classes.

Daytime Brush Painting-Bird & flowers 20.06 – 18.07

Birds and flowers were often used as decorative elements in Chinese pottery, screens and utensils. From the Tang dynasty, during the 8th and 9th centuries, and until today, birds and flowers painting is a special school within Chinese brush painting that has remained widely popular for centuries.

This course will start by introducing the history of Chinese painting and then the common techniques related to the Chinese soft brushes and ink. Participants will have the option to select from a range of subjects demonstrated by the tutor, such as the crane, oriole, kingfisher, lotus flower, Chinese orchid, etc.

Students can anticipate completing at least one piece of Chinese artwork per class. Demonstration and plenty of personal attention will be provided during each class. This course is suitable for both beginners and advanced students.

The cost is £125 or £100 for university students’ concessions. (All materials are included)

To secure your place on this enjoyable course please use the University’s ePay system or you can download this PDF Form which you will then need to complete and return to our office with  a cheque made out to the University of Edinburgh for the appropriate amount.  Cash payment can be made at the Institute in person.

This course will be led by Chi Zhang, experienced art tutor, shortlisted of ‘Sky Art Landscape Artist of the year 2015’. For more information and see Chi’s work please visit http://www.chizhangartist.com

If you have any questions please contact us on 0131 662 2180 or email info@confuciusinstitute.ac.uk

KEY INFORMATION

Course: Five week Chinese Brush Painting – Bird and flowers (Daytime)
Date + Time: Thursday Mornings – 20 June – 18 July, 10:00-12:30pm
Cost: £125 (£100) including all materials
Location: Confucius Institute for Scotland Campus, Abden House

SUMMER WORKSHOP

One Day Calligraphy Workshop on 6 July – visit here for details.

One Day Brush Painting Workshop on 27 July – visit here for details.

 

HSK and HSKK exams 11 May 2019

Registration is now open for the May HSK and HSKK Exam Diet.  The registration deadline for the offline HSK exams and HSKK exams is Thursday 11 April.  The HSK online exam has a later deadline of Thursday 25 April 2019.

For more information on the HSK and HSKK and to register please visit our main HSK page here.

China’s economic catch-up: Is this a merited success? – Thursday 28 March 2019

Join us for our first distinguished lecture this year on Thursday 28 March to hear from Professor Zhang Jun, Dean of the School of Economics, Fudan University.

China’s Economic Catch-up: Is This a Merited Success?

China has been progressing well in its structural transformation and integration of its economy with the rest of the world.  This has resulted in a substantial narrowing of its productivity gap with the advanced economies over the past 40 years. However, its success in catching up is increasingly being blamed, for instance by the US, for intended violation of a level playing field and forced transfer of technology. In this lecture Professor Zhang will present evidence to show:

  • Why China, as a latecomer, could learn to mimic the model of East Asian high-performing economies
  • Why China’s fast growth could largely be accounted for by its high rate of saving and investment, which is common to the East Asian Miracle.

Biography

Professor Zhang Jun is the Dean of the School of Economics at Fudan University in Shanghai and Director of the China Centre for Economic Studies. He is one of the leading economists in China and a respected commentator in international and Chinese media. He is a graduate of Fudan University and studied at the London School of Economics and the University of Sussex.  Professor Zhang has contributed to many economic journals and in 2018 received the Bergson Prize from the American Association for Comparative Economic Studies.  He has authored or edited numerous books including Economic Transition with Chinese Characteristics: Thirty Years of Reform and Opening Up (McGill-Queen University Press, 2008) and End of Hyper Growth In China (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

Registration 5.30pm / Lecture 6pm / Q&A , Networking & Drinks 7. 30pm

Location: Main Auditorium, University of Edinburgh Business School, 29 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh EH8 9JS

All Welcome! Please help us by booking your seat via this Eventbrite link.

 

Six Week Evening Chinese Calligraphy Class – Running style from 26 February 2019

Discover the ancient art of calligraphy using the traditional Chinese brush and ink combination that has been in use for thousands of years.

The six week course runs from Tuesday evening 26 February to 2 April, and will be led by Chi Zhang, the Institute’s experienced calligraphy teacher. Students will be introduced to the materials of ink, brush, stone and paper, and initially common techniques will be introduced.

This six week course will start by introducing common techniques related to the Chinese soft brushes and ink. The course will focus on Running Style (Semi-cursive). Students will start to learn the basic strokes of running style. Running style also called semi-cursive script; this is a more flowing style in which strokes are allowed to run into each other.

Students can anticipate completing at least one piece of Chinese calligraphy artwork per class. The contents of this work could be a selected Chinese poems or perhaps an ancient master’s quotation. Demonstration and plenty of personal attention will be provided during the class.

With a maximum of 12 students in the class plenty of personal attention is guaranteed as well as clear demonstrations and instructions to help students develop their skills.  Both beginners and advanced students are welcome in the class.

The cost is £120 for the 12 hour course which runs Tuesday evenings from 6pm – 8pm from 26 February 2019. There is a concession rate of £100, which is offered only to full time students.  The fee includes all materials. A minimum of five students are required to ensure the class goes ahead.

To book and pay online please use the University ePay system.  Alternatively download this Winter 2019 Six Week Calligraphy Course Form then complete and return it to the Confucius Institute for Scotland with a cheque for the correct amount made out to the University of Edinburgh.

KEY INFORMATION

Course: Six week Chinese Calligraphy – Running and Cursive Style  (Evening)
Date + Time: Tuesdays Evenings – 26 February – 2 April, 6pm-8pm
Cost: £120 (£100) including all materials
Location: Confucius Institute for Scotland Campus, Abden House

You may also be interested in our Brush Painting Class – click here for details.

Confucius Institute for Scotland – Edinburgh Zoo’s Giant Lanterns of China Festival

This winter Edinburgh Zoo is alive with the glow of bright, multi-coloured lanterns in the shape of Chinese and Scottish mythical and real creatures.  The Confucius Institute for Scotland is partnering with the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) for this season’s Giant Lanterns of China festival.   It runs on select evenings from November 16 to February 17.  The lanterns are carefully designed and installed by craftsmen from Sichuan province in China. When the Confucius Institute for Scotland supported last year’s lantern festival at the Zoo tens of thousands of visitors were captivated by the display.  This year promises more surprises and delights.   You can scan the QR code on the sign board next to each lantern to get the Chinese version.

Every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the Zoo’s lantern festival period we will post stories related to the Chinese myths and legends as well as other snippets of fun information about Chinese culture.  Check out the gorgeous pictures and memorable stories.

Monkey King 孙悟空

Leaping Carp over the Dragon Gate 鲤鱼跳龙门

Nine-tailed Fox 九尾狐

Four God Beasts 四大神兽

Lady of Flowers 天女散花

Nine Coloured Deer 九色鹿

Chinese Zodiac 十二生肖

Chinese Calendar 中国历法

The 24 Solar Terms 二十四 节气

How is Christmas Celebrated in China?

The Chinese Five Elements 中国五行

Happy New Year – January 1st

1,2,3 – The Legend of Pangu

Preparation of the Chinese New Year

Welcoming Good Fortune at Chinese New Year

The Lucky Carp 支付宝锦鲤

Taboos During Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year’s Family Reunion Dinner – A Delicious Feast

How to Make Chinese Dumplings – A Crash Course

The Legend of the Beast Nian – Origins of Chinese New Year

Spreading Luck at Chinese New Year

Fortune God, Kitchen God, Door God – Gods at Chinese New Year

 

2019 Edinburgh Official Chinese New Year Concert

The Asian Association of Commerce, Culture and Education in Europe (AACCEE) is delighted again to present the 2019 Chinese New Year Concert in the Usher Hall on the 9th of February. The Chinese New Year, known as the Spring Festival in China, will be celebrated on stage by the Edinburgh Symphony Orchestra and some outstanding artists from China.

The concert involves orchestra, singing and dancing from both cultures. The music from the Orient is chosen from well-known and traditional tunes, combined with western classical music, ending with Scotland’s historical and popular melody ‘Auld Lang Syne’. The highlight of the musical performance will be undertaken by performers from both countries, with newly revamped scores and talented artisans.

Also on stage will be a kaleidoscopic splash of color presented by Chinese and Scottish dancers. The cooperation will also involve special choreographed scores played by the Edinburgh Symphony Orchestra and performed by Chinese dancers. The Scottish dancers will do a variety of reels. The whole show will bring audiences a delightful feast of culture in sound and vision.

These are but some of the performances, so sit back and enjoy the concert, witnessing an end to the year of the Dog. Ring out loyalty and honesty, bring in happiness and gentleness from the year of the Pig. Hope we can spread the atmosphere and pleasure of the Chinese New Year Festival throughout the capital city of Scotland, sharing the joy and warmth of the occasion to you all!

Date: 9 February, 2019

Location: Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2EA

Doors open: 6pm

Concert: 7pm-9pm.

Price

Early bird tickets (until end of day 6 January): £15 and £10
Standard tickets (from 7 January onwards):  £20 and £15

Tickets will go on sale at 10:00am on Saturday 1 December.  Book your ticket here.

 

Ten Week Evening Chinese Calligraphy Class – from Tuesday 15 January 2019

Discover the ancient art of calligraphy using the traditional Chinese brush and ink combination that has been in use for thousands of years.

The ten week course runs from Tuesday evening 15 January to 2 April, with no classes on 19 and 26 February and will be led by Chi Zhang, the Institute’s experienced calligraphy teacher. Students will be introduced to the materials of ink, brush, stone and paper, and initially common techniques will be introduced.

This ten week course will start by introducing common techniques related to the Chinese soft brushes and ink. The course will focus on Regular Style (Kai Shu) and Running Style (Semi-cursive). Regular Style (Kai Shu) is most common in modern writings and publications.  Running style also called semi-cursive script; this is a more flowing style in which strokes are allowed to run into each other.

Students can anticipate completing at least one piece of Chinese calligraphy artwork per class. The contents of this work could be a selected Chinese poems or perhaps an ancient master’s quotation. Demonstration and plenty of personal attention will be provided during the class.

With a maximum of 12 students in the class plenty of personal attention is guaranteed as well as clear demonstrations and instructions to help students develop their skills.  Both beginners and advanced students are welcome in the class.

The cost is £200 for the 20 hour course which runs Tuesday evenings from 6pm – 8pm from 15 January 2019. There is a concession rate of £160, which is offered only to full time students.  The fee includes all materials. A minimum of five students are required to ensure the class goes ahead.

To book and pay online please use the University ePay system.  Alternatively download this Winter 2019 Ten Weeks Calligraphy Course Form then complete and return it to the Confucius Institute for Scotland with a cheque for the correct amount made out to the University of Edinburgh.

KEY INFORMATION

Course: Ten week Chinese Calligraphy – Regular Style & Running Style  (Evening)
Date + Time: Tuesdays Evenings – 15 January – 2 April (Please note there is no classes running on 19 & 26 February), 6pm-8pm
Cost: £200 (£160) including all materials
Location: Confucius Institute for Scotland Campus, Abden House

You may also be interested in our Brush Painting Class – click here for details.

Edinburgh Chinese Choir Concert 2nd December 2018

Edinburgh Chinese Choir (ECC) was formed in 2011 by a group of music loving amateurs. By performing traditional and popular Chinese songs, they aim to add taste of Chinese cultural heritage to Edinburgh’s rich diversity of cultures, and to promote friendship and understanding through music. ECC has performed at Edinburgh Mela in 2012, 2013, and 2014. This year, their concert will take place on Sunday 2 December 2018.

Time: 4:00-5:30pm

Location: Polwarth Parish Church, 36-38 Polwarth Terrace, Edinburgh, EH11 1LU.

Free Entry. Donations welcome.

Website: http://www.ecc2013edinburgh.wixsite.com/ecchoir