2017 Events



Child in classroom cutting red paper with scissors

Chinese Paper-Cutting Workshops - CHEC

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:37am

The GW Confucius Institute held 4 X 35-minute workshops on Chinese Calligraphy for students participating in the STARTalk program at The Columbia Heights Educational Campus (CHEC).

Three seated people conversing near a window

Chinese Conversation Hour - June 27

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 5:00pm

GW Confucius Institute regularly hosted 1-hour Chinese conversation corners. These corners were guided by our professional Mandarin instructors, who divided students into groups based off skill level and encouraged conversation and discussion. No preparation was required - guests can simply come ready to chat in Chinese and make friends!

Child practicing writing Chinese calligraphy at table in classroom

Chinese Calligraphy Workshops - CHEC

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:37am

The GW Confucius Institute held 4 X 40-minute workshops on Chinese Calligraphy for students participating in the STARTalk program at The Columbia Heights Educational Campus (CHEC).

Two people seated and having a conversation

Chinese Conversation Hour - June 19

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 5:00pm

GW Confucius Institute regularly hosts 1-hour Chinese conversation corners. These corners are guided by our professional Mandarin instructors, who will divide students into groups based off skill level and encourage conversation and discussion. No preparation is required - simply come ready to chat in Chinese and make friends!

Photograph of Tim Oakes from the shoulders up

Tourism, Change and the Textile Economy Among the Miao in Guizhou

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Guests joined Center of Asian Studies Director (University of Colorado) Tim Oaks to reflect on the changes he has witnessed conducting research in Southwest China’s Guizhou Province over the past thirty years. The cultural economy of textile production among the Miao in Guizhou has experienced dramatic transformations as a result of urbanization, infrastructure development, and tourism. In the face of these changes, a sustainable pattern of textile production remains elusive, despite substantial improvements to people’s livelihoods. This program was related to the exhibition Vanishing Traditions: Textiles and Treasures from Southwest China.

A yellow card in with the characters for ZhongWen, which means Chinese

Chinese Conversation Hour - June 7

Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 5:00pm

GW Confucius Institute regularly hosted 1-hour Chinese conversation corners. These corners were guided by our professional Mandarin instructors, who divided students into groups based off skill level and encouraged conversation and discussion. No preparation was required - guests can simply come ready to chat in Chinese and make friends!

Three seated people conversing near a window

Chinese Conversation Hour - May 30

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 5:00pm

GW Confucius Institute regularly hosted 1-hour Chinese conversation corners. These corners were guided by our professional Mandarin instructors, who divided students into groups based off skill level and encouraged conversation and discussion. No preparation was required - guests can simply come ready to chat in Chinese and make friends!

Woman writing Chinese calligraphy characters on red paper

Chinese Calligraphy Demonstration

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Instructor LIU Zhi demonstrated the art of Chinese Calligraphy for students at the Carlos Rosario School. Each student could receive their name or special phrase written in Chinese characters.

Young student and two teachers doing paper cutting activity

Seaton Elementary World Culture Celebration

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Last year in October, Instructor ZHANG Hongcheng and Instructor LIU Zhi taught students the art of Chinese paper cutting and folding. The children and teachers enjoyed the activity so much that the invited us to participate in their multicultural celebration.​ China was one of the featured countries for this year's celebration. The GW Confucius Institute Instructors, Instructor ZHANG Hongcheng and Chinese Deputy Director, Instructor XIA Wenrong attended this event. They taught children about paper-cutting with paper-cuts of Chinese lanterns and the animals of the Chinese zodiac. Familes also got a chance to make jiaozi at the Chinese dumpling making station staffed by Instructor GUO Shuzhi of Seaton Elementary.This event was an all-day event, including cultural performances from the local embassies.

Chinese festival jacket with faded orange and blue designs

DCI Tour of the GW Museum & Textile Museum

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 11:00am to Friday, May 25, 2018 - 12:00pm

Students from the District of Columbia International School (DCI), a GW CI Confucius Classroom, studied Miao embroidery in their art class. As a fun way to enrich the curriculum, the GW Confucius Institute helped to coordinate a guided tour of the GW Museum & Textile Museum's exhibition - Vanishing Traditions: Textiles and Treasures from Southwest China.

Two people seated and having a conversation

Chinese Conversation Hour - May 22

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 5:00pm

GW Confucius Institute regularly hosted 1-hour Chinese conversation corners. These corners were guided by our professional Mandarin instructors, who divided students into groups based off skill level and encouraged conversation and discussion. No preparation was required - guests can simply come ready to chat in Chinese and make friends!

Teacher in costume embracing two young children at a table.

2018 DCPS World Language Festival

Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

The GW Confucius Institute has participated in the annual DCPS World Language Festival, an all-day event which promotes language education and cultural exploration for DC students. Local families enjoyed educational activities, information sessions, cultural performances, and an exhibition hall with representatives from community partners. The GW Confucius Institute provided an introduction to the diverse ethnic groups which makeup China; guests had the opportunity to try on some traditional ethnic dress. Students also had a chance to practice the art of Chinese paper-cutting. The DCPS World Language Festival estimated over 150 families in attendance. This is the second year that the GW Confucius Institute has participated and is a proud part of our community outreach.

Up close shot of a pencil filling in multiple-choice bubbles on a test.

2018 May HSK & HSKK Testing

Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

The GW Confucius Institute offers paper & pencil HSK and HSKK testing during the fall and spring semesters.

Phelps HS Students in Chinese ethnic minority attire

Phelps High School World Culture Day

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

On May 11, 2018, the GW Confucius Institute was excited to participate in the annual Phelps High School World Culture Day for its second year.This year, we provided an informational booth on Chinese ethnic groups, with a dress-up station for students to try-on outfits from the many different groups. The GW Confucius Institute was glad for the opportunity to join this year's event, educating and celebrating world culture.As a reminder, we'll be staffing the Chinese Ethnic Minority dress station at the Phelps High School World Culture Day.

Teacher in front of tv screen powerpoint speaking to her audience

2018 Teacher In-Service Day

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

On May 11, 2018, GW Confucius Institute instructors came together for an in-service day. Each instructor gave a presentation outlining their teaching methodology, followed by group brainstorming on potential course curriculum improvements.