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Professional development programs for teachers and outreach programs to schools are critical components of China Institute’s education efforts. Over the years, through the courses and workshops we offer, hundreds of teachers and schools nationwide have, in turn, been able to reach thousands of students, enriching their understanding of, and sensitivity to, Chinese culture, society, history, and language. For over 80 years, China Institute has been at the forefront of a concerted effort to promote a deeper understanding of China, and these educator programs are a key reason why we continue in that leadership role today.



China Institute invites NYC elementary school students, parents, teachers and administrators to take a glimpse into our newest afterschool Outreach Workshops program. Legends of China is a series of fun workshops, which are designed to enrich and deepen students’ understanding of Chinese culture. This program can be offered at your school, as a part of your afterschool offerings, beginning in January 2014. The length and the frequency of the workshops can also be tailored according to the needs of your school. Join us on November 24 at this Open House event. Observe while students sample two engaging, back-to-back workshops and learn about two famous Chinese legends, each taught through a different lens of Chinese culture by our experienced teaching artists. Our staff will also be present to answer any questions that you may have about the program.

Monkey King (First session starts at 2pm; Second session starts at 3:15pm)

From one of China’s classical novels Journey to the West comes the fabled character of the Monkey King. Students will learn about courage, perseverance, cause and effect, and responsibility through this interactive retelling of the legend. They will exercise their memory, creativity and imagination through group discussions, gameplay, elementary Chinese language learning and exercises in Taichi. Students will also learn about the Buddha and some simple meditation exercises for taming their inner monkey.

The Butterfly Lovers (First session starts at 2pm; Second session starts at 3:15pm)

This workshop introduces basic Chinese dance movements and will begin with a warm-up to Chinese children’s songs followed by the teacher’s demonstration of Chinese dance excerpts and combinations inspired by the legend The Butterfly Lovers (also known as Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai). Students will learn about the history and cultural developments of Chinese dance and interact with the teaching artist by dancing with silk fans. Students will communicate and interpret meaning through movement.

Sunday, November 24, 2013 ~ 2:00-­4:15pm

FREE to attend, but space is limited. To register for the open house, please email mbuening@chinainstitute.org or call 212-744-8181 ext. 149.

For more information, please download the flyer here.