Chinese Language Program
The Confucius Institute at Kennesaw State University (CIKSU) is one of the largest
Confucius Institutes in the world. CIKSU collaborates with the Georgia Department
of Early Care and Learning (Bright from the Start), providing Chinese language instruction
at public and private pre-K centers throughout the state of Georgia. CIKSU also collaborates
with the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE), offering Chinese language and culture
classes in elementary, middle, high schools in Cobb, Hall, Dekalb and Bibb counties.
Our Chinese language program has quickly become a successful model for early childhood/elementary
foreign language education in the US.
In the academic year of 2013-2014, CIKSU made great progress in Chinese language education program. From 2009 to 2013, the number of classes increased from 7 to 328, and the student enrollment grew from 140 to 7,162. Chinese language programs are also offered online through the Georgia Department of Education’s Georgia Virtual School. CIKSU has also developed a series of multimedia courseware (online Chinese education) for Georgia Virtual School.
In the beginning of 2014, CIKSU worked closely with the Georgia Department of Education, developing a Chinese Curriculum Companion for Teaching Chinese to Support the Georgia Performance Standards for Modern Languages (K-12). This program received great support from GaDOE. The first symposium regarding this program was held on September 23, 2014, at KSU Center. The chairs, speakers and discussants included GaDOE officials/educators/specialists, college professors, school administrators, local Chinese teachers, and representatives from CIKSU.