Valparaiso University hosted its fourth summer Chinese immersion program on July 6th through 17th. Sponsored by the Confucius Institute at Valparaiso University, this program admitted students from 3rd grade on up to engage in an intensive Chinese learning program to help build a foundation of Chinese language and culture.
Based on feedback from the past years, the Chinese program splitthis year. Young learners started their Chinese language classes from 9 AM to 12 PM Monday through Friday, followed by an hour of lunch break. The Chinese culture session started at 1 PM, featured with various hands-on activities, such as calligraphy, ink painting, lantern making, and paper cutting. For those over 18 years old, this program opened an evening session solely focusing on Chinese language. From 5 PM to 8 PM, adult learners were targeted to building a core vocabulary and learning to read and write in Chinese characters.
Goals for all learners were mapped out as advertised. Throughout this program, students should be able to pronounce the initials, finals, and tones in the Chinese pinyin system correctly. Besides, they also have a chance to learn expressions in colloquial Chinese that can be applied in daily life or when traveling in China. Furthermore, students should be able to engage in simple conversations in Chinese with confidence. Finally, they are also targeted at building a foundation for further study of Chinese on their own.
China offers great future opportunities, and being able to speak Chinese makes a significant difference. Starting learning Chinese at an early stage, not only gives students an authentic cultural perspective, but also examines their multi-tasking abilities. Learners from all ages are more than welcome to join us next year.