China

Mandarin Language Intensive (6-Week)

A 6-week Summer Abroad Program

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Duration
41 Days
Description

Dramatically improve your Mandarin language skills through daily small group classes and full immersion via homestays and independent study projects.

Dates

Jun 28 - Aug 8, 2019


Suggested Ages

16-18

Number of Participants

12


Availability

open

Begins In

28 Weeks

Land Cost

$8,475


Estimated Flight Cost

$2,030

Beijing

Hong Kong

Xi'an

Lashihai

Tiger Leaping Gorge

Kunming

Program Overview

Language in China has always been a dynamic and powerful force.


As we enter a contemporary reality of emerging powers and dominant cultural influences, the voice of this great country speaks louder than ever before. In traditional Chinese culture, skilled use of words is considered a powerful indicator of a person’s character. In keeping with Dragons approach to authentic interaction and communication between peoples of disparate cultures, we offer a unique and holistic approach to language immersion and study in China.

Dragons Mandarin Language Intensive summer program offers students dynamic opportunities to apply classroom learning in real world situations, while experiencing home and daily life in both rural and urban environments. Dragons China language programs are based in southwestern Yunnan Province, a region renowned for its natural beauty and ethnic diversity – home to over 25 ethnic groups, including the Naxi, Tibetan, Yi, Mosuo and Bai peoples. Dragons China language program is unique in that it offers students extended homestays…

As we enter a contemporary reality of emerging powers and dominant cultural influences, the voice of this great country speaks louder than ever before. In traditional Chinese culture, skilled use of words is considered a powerful indicator of a person’s character. In keeping with Dragons approach to authentic interaction and communication between peoples of disparate cultures, we offer a unique and holistic approach to language immersion and study in China.

Dragons Mandarin Language Intensive summer program offers students dynamic opportunities to apply classroom learning in real world situations, while experiencing home and daily life in both rural and urban environments. Dragons China language programs are based in southwestern Yunnan Province, a region renowned for its natural beauty and ethnic diversity – home to over 25 ethnic groups, including the Naxi, Tibetan, Yi, Mosuo and Bai peoples. Dragons China language program is unique in that it offers students extended homestays in a village setting, providing unparalleled opportunities for linguistic and cultural immersion by allowing students to experience the joys and challenges of rural Chinese life.

Students spend two weeks living with families in Lashihai, a traditional rural community located near the ancient city of Lijiang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the home of the Naxi ethnic minority. Lashihai is a lake situated at the base of the 5596 meter Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, surrounded by forests, rolling hills and picturesque villages. When not in classes or with homestay families, students engage in a variety of activities that allow them to practice their language skills while exploring the natural and cultural beauty of this fascinating region. Sample activities include organizing pick-up soccer or basketball games with village teenagers, foraging for medicinal plants with local practitioners, and biking or trekking to more remote ethnic minority villages. Students have the opportunity to learn traditional Naxi dance, visit Buddhist temples, shop at local markets, participate in workshops at a nearby artist colony, teach English to village children, and learn about the work of local NGOs.

In addition to rural homestays, students also enjoy extended homestays with urban Chinese families in the accessible city of Kunming. The urban homestay experience provides a striking contrast to the slower-paced, more traditional lifestyle of the villages. While in Kunming, students take advantage of the myriad cultural and educational resources that this dynamic city has to offer. Students meet daily at the Dragons Program House for intensive Mandarin instruction (3-4 hours per day) and lessons with local experts, NGO workers, business professionals, artists, musicians and practitioners of traditional healing arts. A wide variety of topics are available for ISPs, (independent study projects,) including Chinese cooking, calligraphy, traditional Chinese medicine, political history, martial arts and environmental issues. Students also explore local history, and sights such as The Golden Temple, the Bird and Flower Market, and Green Lake Park.

On Dragons Mandarin Language-Intensive summer program, we combine rigorous language study with out-of-the-classroom experiences. With carefully selected workbooks and texts for both beginning and advanced students of Mandarin,we craft relevant lessons to build upon each student’s knowledge and interests. Working in collaboration with our language teachers, group instructors also seek to help students achieve broader goals of cultural and personal discovery.

Students who desire a travel intensive overview of Chinese culture and tradition are encouraged to apply for our China: Change and Tradition summer program, while students who want to explore modern Chinese history and development issues should take a look at our China: The Yangtze River program. Our gap year China program runs in the fall and spring. Dragons study abroad in China program offers college credit for those wishing to study Chinese in China for credit. Dragons designs the China programs for Princeton University’s China Bridge Year program, a testament to our deep expertise in China.

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Program Components

2/5
Comparative Religion

Introduction to Buddhism, Daoism, Islam, Confucian thought, Marxism, Capitalism.

2/5
Development Studies

Minority issues and status, socio-economic issues, health, land use and environment, tourism, cultural survival.

3/5
Focus Of Inquiry

Language and culture, ancient, imperial and modern history, political studies, development of market economy, gender and ethnicity studies.

5/5
Homestay

10-day homestay in Kunming, cultural center and capital of Yunnan Province, 10-day village homestay in Lashihai with Naxi ethnic minority community.

4/5
Independent Study Project (ISP)

ISPs facilitated in Kunming: Traditional Chinese Medicine, calligraphy, ink painting, martial arts, tea culture, musical instruments, dance, cooking

5/5
Language Study

3-4 hours of daily Mandarin instruction.

3/5
Learning Service

Learning service in cooperation with a rural community. Approximately 5 hours of service credit earned.

2/5
Rugged Travel

Slightly rugged, train and bus travel; village-stay; bike touring.

2/5
Trekking

Short trek at end of course, options for numerous day hikes.