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China: Beijing Program - Language Immersion Track
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|Housing:||Dormitory, Shared Apt.||Language Pre-requisite:||none|
|Language of Instruction:||Chinese||Language Courses Offered:||Yes|
|Non-AU Students Accepted:||No||Internship:||No|
|Advisor:||Ethan Merritt||Minimum GPA:||2.75|
|Class Level Required for Admission:||Second-semester Sophomore standing||Program Type:||Not Direct Enrollment|
Is this Program Right for You?The Beijing program now offers a special track focused on exclusively on Chinese language immersion. This is a program track within the Beijing program for the serious student with prior language study who wants to pursue further intensive Chinese training. The class size is small with one on one drills and students give a language pledge to speak only Chinese which is enforced inside and outside the classroom.
For the Chinese Immersion program track, the typical requirement is that students have studied at least two semesters of college-level Chinese or the equivalent. The program does offer a new First Year Chinese Immersion track for beginners.
Students earn a full semester of American University (AU) credit. These credits are readily transferable to other colleges and universities. Following are descriptions of the courses offered.
The immersion Chinese Language classes (multiple levels) are designed for advanced language students. They normally meet three hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon daily, five days a week, except Friday afternoon, including two hours of lecture and drill, two hours of language task session, and a one-hour individual session (one-on-one). In addition, there is a language table every Wednesday. Students should be aware that the immersion course is very demanding. In addition to the five daily hours of class, students should expect to spend at least another three to four hours in class preparation and self-study daily.
( 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.
(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.
(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.
Housing and MealsDuring the semester in Beijing, students live in on-campus residence halls at Peking University or off-campus program apartments. Arrangements for student housing are made in cooperation with Peking University. Students on the Immersion track are typically housed together separate from other program students so as to facilitate the language pledge. The option of having Chinese student roommates is sometimes possible in the off-campus apartments.
Students may eat meals on campus at Peking University or elsewhere. There are numerous inexpensive cafeterias and restaurants in and around campus (the cost of meals is not included in the program fees).
ExcursionsExtensive study trips during the Beijing program give students a first-hand look at Chinese society. Excursions in and around Beijing have included the Great Wall, the Ming Tombs, the Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Forbidden City, and Beihai Park.
With guidance from the Program Director, students also take a lengthy field trips throughout China.
|Dates / Deadlines:|
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Spring||2013||10/18/2012 **||Varies by program||01/10/2013||05/01/2013|
|Academic Year||2013-2014||03/28/2013 **||Varies by program||08/30/2013||05/22/2014|
|Fall||2013||03/28/2013 **||Varies by program||08/30/2013||12/13/2013|
|Spring||2014||10/16/2013**||Varies by program||TBA||TBA|
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