About Confucius Classrooms:
As China's economy and interchanges with the world have both seen rapid growth, there has also been a sharp increase in the world's demands for Chinese language instruction. Benefiting from the UK’s, France’s, Germany’s and Spain's experience in promoting their national languages, China began a parallel program through establishing nonprofit public institutions called Confucius Institutes and Confucius Classrooms which aim to promote Chinese language and culture in foreign countries.
What are Confucius Classrooms?
Confucius Classrooms are local institutions, based in U.S. schools, which stimulate and support innovative teaching and learning of Chinese language and culture. Confucius Classrooms adopt flexible teaching patterns and adapt to suit local conditions when teaching Chinese language and promoting culture in foreign primary and secondary schools.
How do Confucius Classrooms Differ from Confucius Institutes?
Confucius Institutes are established in university settings while Confucius Classrooms exist in K-12 public and private schools.
Statistics about Confucius Classrooms:
As the Hanban states: "Through the joint efforts of China and the Confucius Institute host countries, in addition to the enthusiasm and active support of people all over the world, in 2011, the Confucius Institutes around the world made remarkable achievements, with steady development and positive trends for future growth. By the end of August 2011, 353 Confucius Institutes and 473 Confucius Classrooms had been established in 104 countries and regions”.
List of CIUA Confucius Classrooms:
Arizona Elementary School