The immersion track is for students who want to devote themselves to Chinese language training fulltime, through 27 hours in class instruction per week and lots of time for homework and other activities. It is a perfect opportunity for those who want to challenge themselves and test the limits of their courage, endurance and excitement.

        ¡ö Immersion Track         ¡ö Summer Immersion Program

Immersion Track for Spring & Fall

Requirements:
    • 3.2 GPA (those with GPA between 3.0 and 3.2 are required to provide two exceptional recommendations for consideration.)
    • One recommendation letter
    

Class Size: Under 5
    We believe individual attention is essential in language acquisition. Therefore, the immersion class is capped at 5.

Language Pledge:
    To help students fully immerse themselves in Chinese language and culture, a language pledge is enforced both inside and outside the classroom during week days.

Housing:
   •On-campus Dorm
   •Off-campus Apartments
   •Homestay

Levels:
    There will be serveral levels of language studies, corresponding to 200, 300, 400 and 500 at US universities.

CH-I 210(15 credits, multiple sessions)
This course is designed to perfect students' skills in understanding spoken and written Chinese and in speaking and writing and in communicating in Chinese. Also this course will review and increase students¡¯ grammatical background. Students will continue to expand their vocabulary and language knowledge to elevate their language competence to the next level.

CH-I 310 (15 credits, multiple sessions)
The goal of this course is to develop the students¡¯ vocabulary and their understanding of the Chinese language. Students will also continue to learn fundamental structures. By the end of the course students will be competent in every-day interactions and usage of the Chinese language.

CH-I 410 (15 credits, multiple sessions)
Students in this course will continue to improve spoken and written Chinese. They will also begin to practice reading and using complex sentences found mainly in formal Chinese in order to learn how to approach academic articles.

CH-I 510 (15 credits, multiple sessions)
This course is designed to perfect students' skills in understanding spoken and written Chinese and in speaking and writing. Through reading texts selected from modern Chinese literature, academic works and newspaper articles, students will be asked to express more refined and sophisticated ideas, and to process sentences with complex structures used mainly in formal speech and writing.

Language activities conducted all in Chinese:
   •Visiting company CEOs, esp. those who have studied abroad.
   •Interviewing newly weds at the marriage registration bureau about customs and expectations.
   •Observing and interviewing doctors of Chinese medicine.
   •Talking with National Museum and Capital Museum staff onsite about Chinese history and culture.
   •Making of Chinese meals, dumplings, etc.

Language contests:
   •Speaking Contest with the Hill Myna Award.
   •Debates on selected topics.

Weekly Schedule:

Class Schedule for Immersion Track

Time

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 

9:00am-9:50am

Spoken

Spoken

Spoken

Spoken

 

10:00am-11:50am

One-on-One

One-on-One

One-on-One

One-on-One

One-on-One

Lunch Break

1:30pm-3:20 pm

Comprehensive

Comprehensive

Comprehensive

Comprehensive

Review
1:00pm-1:30pm

3:30pm-4:20 pm

Drill

Drill

Drill

Drill

Weekly Quiz
1:30pm-3:00pm

4:30pm-5:30 pm

Pronunciation

Pronunciation

Pronunciation

Pronunciation

Chinese practicum
3:00pm-5:00pm

6:00pm-6:50 pm

Discussion

Discussion

Discussion

Discussion

 

Note: There will be 27 in class hours each week for immersion Chinese. Minor changes might occur due to unforeseen circumstances.

   Note: Minor changes may occur.

The Mini Courses
   These courses are optional and will be offered in the evenings.

¡öCH-I 403: Chinese Folklores( 1 credit, spring & fall )
This course is for students on Chinese immersion track. The instructor will discuss Chinese cultural traditions, religions, and all kinds of social practices that permeate Chinese life. It is four weeks in length and readings will be selected from books, articles, and contemporary news.

¡öCH-I 404:Chinese Social Issues(1 credit ,spring & fall)
To understand contemporary social issues by reading and discussing is the purpose of this course. Among the major topics are peasant laborers in cities, education, environment, etc. Students will conduct interviews, by using Chinese, as part of this class.

¡öCH-I 405: Chinese Popular Culture(1 credit, spring and fall)
The focus of this course is on the youth culture, music, movies, TV programs, and the immerging internet culture. Interactions with college students forms part and parcel of this attempt to understand China's youth.

Others
Two no-credit courses will be offered.

¡öMartial Arts
A martial arts master will help students to learn and practice some traditional Chinese martial arts skills.

¡öCalligraphy
This course introduces students to the basic skills of calligraphy, as well as its philosophy.

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Summer Immersion Program

Summer Language Immersion Program (8 weeks)

This 8 week program is oriented towards intensive language training in the midst of Chinese social environment. It is only for those students who are serious and determined to immerse completely in Chinese language and culture.

Academic Credits: 8

Dates:
June 11-August 7, 2016

Application Deadline: April 5

Prerequisites:
3.2 GPA (those with GPA between 3.0 and 3.2 are required to provide two exceptional recommendations for consideration.)
2 semesters of Chinese
Skype interview may be needed in some cases.

Cost:
$5,800 (including tuition, textbooks, housing, activities, and a study trip).

Food and international airfares are students' responsibilities.

Housing:
   •On-campus Dorm
   •Off-campus Apartment
   •Homestay

Levels:
There will be 4 levels of language studies, intermediate-low, intermediate-high, advanced-low and advanced-high.

Goals:
Vocabulary:
    ¡ö 3000 words are expected of intermediate level.
    ¡ö Advanced level students are expected to understand lectures in Chinese in Chinese universities.

Oral Proficiency:
    ¡ö Complete sentences and competent oral expressions in conversations for intermediate level.
    ¡ö Functioning normally in all kinds of situations for advanced level.

Written Expressions:
    ¡ö Writing paragraphs such as narration, exposition, definition, description, etc for intermediate level.
    ¡ö Reading or writing Chinese essays or novels in Chinese universities for advanced level.

Language pledge:
To achieve our goal of immersing in Chinese language and culture, a no English pledge will be adopted for intermediate level and above. Past experiences prove that such a requirement is a good fit for the high motivated students. It is a testing case for the old saying, when the goings get tough, the tough gets going.

Types of class:
The following classes are available, each with a different emphasis.
    Required classes:
    ¡ö Comprehensive Chinese
    ¡ö Drills
    ¡ö Spoken Chinese
    ¡ö One on One Practice
    Elective classes(all conducted in Chinese):
    ¡ö Chinese Culture
    ¡ö Chinese Calligraphy
    ¡ö Chinese Films

Tests and Exams:
    ¡ö Weekly tests, both oral and written, will be conducted to assess progress.
    ¡ö Writing exercises and homework completion will be graded.
    ¡ö Final exam will be comprehensive in nature.

Organized Activities:
    ¡ö Weekend visits to the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and some other cultural sites in Beijing.
    ¡ö A visit to Pingyao Ancient City in Shanxi Province at the end of the semester.

Contact:
Dr. Hong Li, elanhonglee@163.com or Amy Huang, csihuang@126.com

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