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Explore multimedia stories about NSLI-Y Chinese summer and academic year programs on NSLI-Y Interactive!

Chinese (Mandarin) Summer Program

Taiwan, iEarn 2014Program Location: China
Program Dates: Summer programs are six to eight weeks in duration and typically start in mid-June to early July and end in early to mid-August
Language Class Hours: Minimum of 120 hours during the program
Accommodations: Host families or a combination of group housing and host family stays

Academic program: The Chinese summer program aims to enhance students’ ability to communicate with confidence in the target language. The program increases students’ Chinese language proficiency through intensive in-class language instruction, cultural presentations and activities, and host family stays. Volunteer service activities with community-focused organizations and cultural activities such as cooking, Chinese arts and crafts, and martial arts classes complement classroom learning and provide studChinese cultural classents with diverse opportunities to practice their language skills.

Pre- and post-program expectations: Beginners must complete pre-program language assignments, which will include an introduction to the language and basic phrases. Participants with prior experience in the target language will be expected to take pre-program language assessments. All participants will be expected to complete a pre-program survey and several post-program surveys and language tests.

Good to know: Many families in China have one child, so NSLI-Y participants may have the unique experience of being their host brother or sister’s first sibling.

 

Chinese (Mandarin) Academic Year Program

Host Family

Possible Program Locations: ChinaTaiwan
Program Dates: Late August to June
Language Class Hours:  10 to 20 hours per week
Accommodations: Host families or a combination of dormitory housing and host family stays

Academic program: The Chinese academic year program aims to enhance student’s ability to communicate with confidence in the target language. The program provides intensive in-class language instruction (at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels) and host family stays. Volunteer service activities with community-focused organizations, cultural classes such as calligraphy, tai-chi, kung-fu, and Chinese chess, and local excursions to cultural and historic sites complement classroom learning and provide students with diverse opportunities to practice their language skills.

Pre- and post-program expectations: Beginners must complete pre-program language assignments, which will include an introduction to the language and basic phrases.  Participants with prior experience in the target language will be expected to take pre-program language assessments. All participants will be expected to complete a pre-program survey and several post-program surveys and language tests.

Good to know: Chinese academic year participants will have the chance to celebrate Chinese New Year. Celebrations typically involve family, fireworks, and a traditional dinner of dumplings and fish.

Fun fact! Chinese is the world’s longest continuously-used written language. The first account of written Chinese was found in oracle bone inscriptions carved on tortoise shells and mammal bones during the Shang dynasty (c 1600-1100 BCE).