Taiwan Academic Year Program
Language(s): Mandarin Chinese
Age of Students: High school students ages 15-18
Class Hours: 50 hours/5 hours per day during summer preparatory intensive and 12 hours per week of language during academic year.
Target Proficiency: Intermediate and Advanced
Overseas Partner: iEARN-Taiwan
Overseas Language Institution: Center of Chinese Language, Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
In-Country Accommodations: Host families in the Kaohsiung area.
Course and Program Description
The Program aims to provide an immersion learning environmenin which students will be able to improve significantly language proficiency and enhance cross-cultural compet t ence and communicative skills. Specifically, the program will employ a carefully designed mix of learning activities, which will include:
- 360 of in class intensive Mandarin Chinese instruction at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels, including individualized tutoring (2 hour tutoring session per week);
- 72 hours of hand-on cultural courses to choose, which may include Chinese calligraphy, tai-chi, kung-fu, Chinese yo-yo and/or Chinese chess;
- 10 month long home-stay with Taiwanese families;
- 2 hours per week of organized interaction with Chinese student “buddies” from the Applied Chinese department;
- choice of school electives.
- Develop students’ Mandarin Chinese skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) at the elementary, intermediate and advanced levels in an immersion-learning environment.
- Improve students’ understanding of traditional and modern Taiwanese culture through various kinds of interactive cultural activities.
- Build new personal and institutional relationships between our students and their Taiwanese peers, between our students and Taiwanese host families, between the participants and Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages, and finally, between the United States and Taiwan, the Republic of China.
- Foster continued study of Chinese language and culture upon the students’ return to the United States.
- Enhance students’ self-awareness and confidence and build interpersonal communicative skills.