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  • End of Registration
  • Registration closed
  • Classes Start
  • oct 01 2018
  • Classes End
  • nov 16 2018
  • Estimated Effort
  • 03:00 h/week
  • Language
  • English

About This Course

Introducing China in English is designed to provide participants with a wide range of areas best defines Chinese culture. It is divided into three parts. Each part is a stand-alone course.

Part One focuses on four themes, namely,:

  • Chinese philosophy,
  • Chinese characters,
  • traditional festivals and
  • Chinese food.
  • We’ll first explore the route designed by Confucius to social harmony and political order by means of benevolence (ren) and rites (li). We’ll also visit another most influential philosopher, Laozi, to gain some insights into Daoism about the law of nature, principles of reversion, relationship between being and non-being. In regard to Chinese characters, we discuss the development of the pictographic language from oracle bone and bronze inscriptions to seal and clerical scripts, untill regular and curvise scripts. The methods of Chinese writing are also explained with six rules of formation, stroke and radical order and other features of Chinese characters. In traditional festivals, we’ll deal with Chinese calendar and some major festivals like Spring Festival, Mid-autounm Festivals and so on. When we talk about Chinese food, not only do we present you with the eight Chinese cuisines consisting of a variety of dishes with color, aroma and taste, but also we introduce Chinese conceptions and principles of cooking, i.e. yin-yang balance, medicine and food homology and five-taste in harmony, so that people have a better understanding of Chinese culinary culture.


    Introducing China in English (Part 1) is organiazed over 5 weeks with five units. Each unit contains 4 to 5 short lecture videos with a quiz in the end.

    Participants are encouraged to attend lectures, take a quiz each week and devote their sparkling ideas in Discussion.


    This course is open to all with no prerequisites. It is not necessary to learn the other two parts or one of them before learning this part.

    Course Staff

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    WANG Gui

    WANG Gui, a lecturer of School of Foreign Languages, Hubei University. With more than 15 years' teaching experience, she has been teaching a series of courses including College English, Introduction to Chinese Culture, English Listening and Speaking, Interpreting and so on. In the mean time, she has been to the UK and Hungary as a trainee and visiting scholar. From 2010 to 2011, she was sent to West Virginia, USA to teach Chinese in both Suncrest Middle School and Morgantown High School. Currently, she is doing her Ph.D in Linguistics at E?tv?s Loránd University (ELTE) in Hungary. Her academic interest is cultural, linguistic and pedagogical studies. She is responsible for Unit 3 about Chinese characters and Unit 4 on Chinese festivals.

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    WANG Zhiru

    WANG Zhiru, Professor of School of Foreign Languages, Hubei University. She received her B.A in English at Hubei University in 1981 and M.A in Linguistics for English Language Teaching from Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages of Lancaster University, UK, in 1998. In over 30 years of teaching she has taught various courses such as Cninese Culture, Language Learning Principles and Strategies, Language Teaching Methdology, Course Design and Material Development, College English, etc. From 1995 to 1996, she taught Chinese at the University of Southern Queensland and Woolongong University, Australia. Her research interest is in second language acquisition, intercultural communication, online and offline blended learning, cross-cultural communication, etc. and has published more than 20 research papers. She authored four textbooks such as Introducing Chinese Culture in English (2017), Real Communication Practice Book (2010), New Development College English (2009), English Teaching Methodology (2004). Due to her excellence in teaching, she was awarded the title of Prestigious Teacher by the government of Hubei Province and the title of Model Teacher by the Ministry of Education of China. Professor Wang is the head of the course. She deliveres instructions of Unit 1 about Confucius and Unit 2 about Laozi.

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    LU Xiaoli

    LU Xiaoli is an Associate Professor of the school of Foreign Languages, Hubei University. She received her M. A. from Hubei University in 2004. She has been teaching for 14 years. Her devotion to teaching makes her a popular teacher among students. She had been to the UK as an academic visitor for 1 year. She actively participated in activities organized by the Confucius Institute and introduced Chinese culture to the local people in the year when she was in the UK. She is particularly interested in the culture of Chinese food and traditional wedding custom. Together with her team, she has been undertaking a research project about Chinese Culture with 2 articles on the teaching of Chinese culture published. She teaches Unit 5 about Chinese food.

    Course Schedule

    • Week 1: Unit 1 The Wisdom of Confucius
    • Week 2: Unit 2 The Wisdom of Laozi
    • Week 3: Unit 3 Chinese Characters
    • Week 4: Unit 4 Chinese Festivals
    • Week 5: Unit 5 Chinese Food


    Evaluation : quizes in each unit and final evaluation.

    Learners successfully completing the course (with a score of 50% or higher) will then receive a free course completion certificate.

    The course is a part of the collection "Introducing China in English" divided into three parts.

    Part 3 presents a colorful picture of China with development and features of Peking Opera, traditional Chinese Medicine, Chinese painting and Chinese Kung Fu. Course start : October 1, 2018

    This MOOC is provided under a cooperative agreement between FUN-MOOC and XuetangX


    This MOOC is produced by Hubei University

    With more than eight decades of development, Hubei University is a key comprehensive university covering arts, science, engineering, economics, law, management, medicine, etc., and wins the award entitled Top University in China for excellence in teaching, research and physical education, and remains for many years as holder of the honour Best Provincial Institution.


      Forum moderation

    Members of the NEOMA Confucius Institute for Business (NCIB) contribute to the forum co-moderation.

    Created in 2014, Confucius Institute for Business (NCIB) is the first Confucius Institute dedicated to business in France. It aims to promote Chinese language and culture to the general public alongside facilitating cooperation between French and Chinese companies through business trainings and workshops

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