K - 12 Chinese Programs

We offer a variety of Chinese language and culture programs and events to students, teachers, and the local community.

Affiliated Confucius Classroom (CC): In 2008, Bryant University Confucius Institute’s partnership with Hanban has expanded into local K-12 schools with its Affiliated Confucius Classrooms initiative in Rhode Island and the surrounding areas. Since 2009, nine K-12 schools in RI and MA have established affiliated CCs. With the support from Bryant CI, CC are able to offer Chinese language and culture programs and events to students, teachers and local community. 

K-12 Chinese Enrichment Program: We help local K-12 schools to develop their Chinese language and culture enrichment programs by providing professional consulting and guest presenters on cultural workshops and handcraft activities.

STARTALK/Chinese Summer Camp for Youth: Since 2007, Bryant University has been granted the STARTALK funding by the National Security Agent (NSA) to offer a three-week teacher training workshops and practicums for local K-12 Chinese teachers, as well as a two-week language classes and culture workshops for American middle and high school students over the summer. The standards of ACTFL National Foreign Language Education and best practices on Chinese instructional strategies are applied for the program design and implementation. Through 2018 for 12 consecutive years, there are over 300 local teachers and 600 students have participated Bryant University STARTALK Teacher Training Program and Student Program respectively. Based on STARTALK’s program structure and teaching strategies, a two-week Chinese Summer Camp for Youth is designed and offered in the summer of 2019. 

Community Chinese Classes: We offer non-credit Chinese classes for both young learners in K-12 schools and adults. Registration starts in late August for the class in Fall, and mid-December for the class in Spring respectively.