College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures

Summer Chinese Language and Culture Program

China or Taiwan

This six-week program (mid-May to the end of June) has been designed for students who have completed two or three years of college-level Chinese. It has traditionally been held at Nankai University, Tianjin, China or National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC. Students have attended small group classes led by experienced language instructors for two hours each morning (Monday through Thursday). On four afternoons each week, each student has spent three hours in one-on-one tutorial sessions with a Chinese college student. Each student-tutor pair travels around the city by foot, bus, subway or perhaps taxi - using only Chinese as a medium of communication - to a predetermined site of social, cultural, economic, or political significance. These "roaming tutorials" are intended to build verbal fluency and socio-cultural competence at the same time. Successful completion of the program will earn six academic credits.

Three cultural workshops have been chosen from the following -- Chinese martial arts, Chinese painting, paper cutting, dough figuring or Chinese musical instruments. These COOL hands-on activities were the favorite of many previous students.

Excursions have been an integral part of the academic program, as they give students the opportunity to experience a wider range of social contexts and to visit sites of historical significance. Three excursions are arranged - three days in Beijing (including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and Temple of Heaven, and the Great Wall), three days in Xi'an (including the terracotta warriors, the Drum Tower and the Bell Tower) and three days in Chengde, a city of considerable historical importance and scenic beauty.