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East Tennessee Chinese School
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East Tennessee Chinese School (ETCS) is a weekend school providing children with an opportunity to learn the Chinese language and culture. Organized by parent volunteers and taught by passionate teachers, ETCS aims to bringing quality Chinese language education to students of all ages. The scope of teaching includes speaking, listening, reading, writing, and literature appreciation. After-school programs include Chinese Martial Arts, Chinese painting, Chinese chess, and Chinese dancing. Currently, ETCS has nearly 80 students enrolled, and meets on Sundays at the Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville. Most of the classes use the Jinan University textbooks for their courses.
Ned R. McWherter Building, 3rd Floor
Pellissippi State Community College
10915 Hardin Valley Road
Knoxville, TN 37933-0990
Language Classes: Sundays, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Culture Classes: Sundays, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Fees (per semester)
Chinese language class (Children) -- $110
Art [Children] -- $40
Dancing [Children] -- $40
Wushu [Children] -- $30
Line Dancing [Adults] -- $50 [fee paid directly to instructor, not to ETCS]
Stretching, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong for Beginners [Adults] -- no fee
Intermediate Tai Chi and Qi Gong [Adults] -- no fee
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2018 Fall Semester 2018 Fall Semester will begin on Sunday, August 26. The calendar for the semester is:
Chinese Language Classes
This year, we will have seven levels, and the teachers names will be announced as soon as available.
Chinese Culture Classes
|Class Name||Teacher Name|
|Wu Shu||Smith, Michael|
|Tai Chi / Qi Gong||Smith, Michael|
|Line Dance||Ma, Lili|
2018-2019 ETCS Board Members
|Art Director||Wang, Dan||Wangdan2196@hotmail.com|
Knoxville Chinese Christian Church Chinese School
KCCC CS Founded in the late 1970s, Knoxville Chinese Christan Church Chinese School (KCCC CS) aims to teach the Chinese language (Mandarin), both written and conversational, in an enriched environment. Chinese traditions and culture are taught as part of the curriculum. The regular school curriculum is supplemented by optional extra-curricular activities such as lessons on Chinese folk dance and calligraphy. Special field trips are scheduled to encourage students' participation in scholastic activities organized by the Association of Chinese Schools in Southeastern United States. KCCC CS is a parent-administered, non-partisan, non-denominational, non-profit educational entity. KCCC CS is a member of the Association of Chinese Schools in Southeastern United States.
The King's Academy is a Christion boarding and day school in Seymour, Tennessee, just
south of Knoxville on Chapman Highway. A Confucius Classroom was established
on their campus in 2010. This is a unique partnership that includes
School #47 (Zhengzhou, CHINA), Johnson University (Knoxville, Tennessee, USA),
and The King’s Academy, operating with the support and guidance of
HANBAN in Beijing. A recent relationship has also been established with
nearby Seymour Primary School.
Outstanding teachers from Zhengzhou School #47 have made a significant impact in our region by introducing K - 12 students to Chinese language and culture. Through a variety of special programs sponsored by the Confucius Classroom, faculty and students have celebrated Chinese holidays along with adults and children in the Seymour community. While the cultural exchanges resulting from the Confucius Classroom programs have been a tremendous success, the greatest accomplishments may perhaps be the relationships that will last a lifetime.
Families with Children from China
Chinese language classes are offered during the traditional school year by the FCC Families with Children from China. The children's classes take place at the Knoxville Chinese Christian Church every other Sunday, starting in August and ending in May. Children must be at least 3 and able to participate for the hour. The beginner class does a lot of songs and games. Other classes cover reading, writing, and conversation. Classes are held at the Knoxville Chinese Christian Church, 901 Francis Rd Knoxville, TN 37909.
College and Adult Instruction
Confucius Institute at the University of Tennessee
Confucius Institutes are nonprofit public centers run in cooperation with Chinese partner
universities and overseen by HANBAN, a Chinese Ministry of Education subsidiary.
The new Confucius Institute at UTK (CI@UTK) receives funding, as well as books
and teaching supplies, from HANBAN. UTK spent more than two years laying the groundwork
to open this Institute; it becomes one of more than 300 located in colleges in more than
ninety countries, including about seventy institutions in the United States.
The University of Memphis and Middle Tennessee State University also have a Confucius
Institute in the state of Tennessee.
CI@UTK offers for-credit and noncredit Chinese language courses, sponsors cultural activities, and helps local schools provide more education about China. They also have an affiliated Confucius Classroom at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville (see below). Southeast University (SEU) in Nanjing, China is the Chinese university partner affiliated with CI@UTK. SEU has donated a substantial number of Chinese books to the UTK Library, including classic Chinese literature as well as books on urban planning and design, Chinese arts and teaching, and other subjects. The books have become part of the UTK library collection and are shared with departments and faculty. The new Institute was inaugurated on April 12, 2013. City and state officials, UTK Chancellor Jimmy Cheeks and Provost Susan Martin, and a delegation from SEU participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony in the UTK Hodges Library and a tour of the CI@UTK offices located in the International House. A stage show featuring performers from UT and Southeast University was held that evening in Alumni Memorial Building's Cox Auditorium. Local performers included Bill Snyder, a former UT chancellor who has been the house organist at the historic Tennessee Theatre since 1979; WUOT employee Todd Steed and his bluegrass band, The Mountain Sound; students from the UT Jazz Program; and UTK's Boss Dance Company. Performances from SEU included traditional Chinese musical instruments and folk songs and traditional Chinese dance.
In recent months, the CI@UTK has sponsored a series of events promoting Chinese culture in September, including an Autumn Moon Festival with entertainment and food, booths promoting Chinese Culture at the Knoxville Asian Festival and the UTK International Festival, and an East meets West gala performance of Chinese and Western Opera featuring Prof. Linghui Tu from the Confucius Institute of Chinese Opera at Binghamtom University in New York.
For more information about the Confucius Institute, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or call 865-974-5752.
University of Tennessee
The Chinese program at the University of Tennessee offers a minor in Chinese. The minor consists of three years of language study and offerings from other departments such as courses in Chinese history, religion, or politics. It is also possible to major in Language and World Business with a concentration in Chinese. The Department recently hired Prof. Yen-Chen Hao and has a number of Chinese language instructors as well.
Pellissippi State Technical Community College
Community College (PSCC) has a Confucius Classroom that is
affiliated with the Confucius Institute at the University of Tennessee (CI@UTK, see above).
The current leader of the Confucius Classroom is Prof. Lin Zhu. They offer
courses in Chinese language and culture. PSCC is the only community college
in Tennessee with a Confucius Classroom, and their previous instructors included
Qiao Gui-qiang and Shuang Liu. In the past two years, they have hosted a number of
activities including an Autumn Moon Festival, as well as classes in
Chinese Language and in the "Peoples and Culture of China".
Pellissippi State students also now have a chance to study abroad in China for through the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies TnCIS (based at PSTCC). A TnCIS study abroad experience in China will be offered in the future to students from Pellissippi State and 18 other Tennessee educational institutions. Please click here for information on PSTCC admissions, and click here for information on the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies.
Confidence Learning Services
- Accent Reduction and English Pronunciation Training
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