Chinese dragon dancers
Female Chinese dancers with swords tilted to floor
Chinese instructor demonstrating the art of Chinese calligraphy by painting characters on paper

Confucius Classroom

A handshake between the Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis and Pellissippi State with a plaque showing the dedication of the Confucius Classroom

Pellissippi State Community College joined with the Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis (CIUM)in establishing the prestigious Pellissippi State's Confucius Classroom on February 16, 2011. In 2013, the college began a new partnership with the Confucius Institute at the University of Tennessee. Sponsored by Hanban—China National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, headquartered in Beijing, the Confucius Classroom offers the opportunity for students in the college and communities to:

  1. learn one of the most ancient and vigorous language—Chinese
  2. better understand Chinese culture both ancient and present
  3. earn scholarships to study in China
  4. join in Chinese culture events

The offering of Chinese Language and Culture courses supplemented by co-curricular cultural activities and events serves to:

  1. diversify Pellissippi State course offerings
  2. make Pellissippi State a more internationalized college
  3. establish more connections and communications between the college and its counterparts in China
  4. promote better understanding and communication between U.S. colleges/students and Chinese colleges/students

Pellissippi State's Confucius Classroom is academically under the guidance of the Liberal Arts Department and administratively co-working with TnCIS. Since the establishment of the classroom, we have offered Beginning Chinese I, Beginning Chinese II, Intermediate Chinese I and People & Culture of China.