Chinese Language Group Summer School (two weeks)

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Overview

Learn something new this summer. Spend two weeks learning Chinese language (Mandarin) while experiencing one of the world’s most important economies.

Our two-week summer school runs from:

  • 3 to 16 July 2017
  • 17 July to 30 August 2017
  • 31 July to 13 August 2017

Classes take place Monday to Friday, 10am to 1pm. Each week will be comprised of 15 hours of classroom-based language lessons and four hours of cultural understanding lessons. There will be plenty of opportunity to use the language you are learning on the street and in social situations.

This is the course for you if you:

  • have never studied Chinese before and want a kick start into this fascinating and vital language
  • want to quickly accelerate your level
  • wish to travel with a group and a group leader
  • are 16 years old or over

Why join us on this Summer School?

Good for your CV

Employers and university admissions officers widely report that some knowledge of Mandarin and understanding of Chinese culture is highly attractive and will make you stand out from the crowd.

Tailored to your level

As part of our unique model of instruction there are five study levels and you will be enrolled into the appropriate level for your needs. All four language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) will be taught with a focus on useable, everyday language that you might expect to use if you are visiting, living, working or travelling in China.

Chinese cultural activities

Classes take place twice a week (2 to 4pm) and are a key part of the summer school. They provide the opportunity to practice your new language, learn more about China and have lots of fun.

Chinese martial arts

Tai Chi is a type of Chinese Martial Art and it is the application of the Taoist philosophy concept of Yin Yang(阴阳) in the human body. The concept of Yin Yang is about opposing energies in unison, balance, motion and flow. Tai Chi uses this concept to form a meditative state for the mind and body. It is for anyone interested in relaxing their body, gaining a stronger mind/body connection, improving their health and achieving high levels of fitness. Chinese people believe that Tai Chi benefits the body, mind and spirit. You are welcome to experience this calm and peaceful form of Chinese martial arts with us.

Chinese cooking

Chinese Cuisine enjoys a great reputation for its colour, scent, taste and design, as well as its variety. Suzhou is the centre of our eastern catering culture. It is the cradle of Su Cuisine. As a result of hundreds of years of culinary experimentation, Suzhou cuisine has developed a unique flavour and a famed reputation. Each course is individually prepared and its emphasis is on the use of quality ingredients, tender meat, fresh vegetables and the care in its preparation. The result is a selection of fabulous dishes that are unique in colour, aroma, shape and taste. Suzhou cuisine is often sweet to the taste and beautifully presented. We’ll go to the kitchen of a local restaurant, watch the chef cooking and learn to cook a Suzhou dish.

Traditional Chinese costumes

Chinese traditional clothing has varied greatly by region and time. As a vital part of Chinese civilisation, traditional costumes have played an important role in the country’s history and culture. Their basic features are cross-collars, wrapping the right lapel over the left, tying a sash at the waist and a form of blouse plus skirt or long gown. These features have been preserved for thousands of years, even until the time of the Republic of China (1912 – 1949AD), when the Chinese Tunic Suit (the Mao Suit) and the Cheongsam prevailed. During our Traditional Chinese costumes session, you will see the a variety of Chinese traditional costumes, learn a lot about Chinese customs, and have the opportunity to wear traditional Chinese costumes.

Free time

A social activity coordinator will arrange fun things to do every day in your free time. You will have the option of joining a number of activities including meals out, visiting UNESCO protected gardens, going to the cinema, seeing the famous Shanghai acrobats and many more.

Accommodation

Wencui International Student Apartments offer four or six room apartments in which every bedroom has an ensuite bathroom and shared kitchen and TV area.

  • Start date
  • Department Language Centre
  • Attendance Part time
  • Duration Two weeks
  • Prospectus No prospectus available

Knowledge and skills

  • Our award-winning, highly experienced teachers promote communication in classes, putting students at the front and centre of the lessons
  • Small class sizes classes encourage lots of student talk and practice and you will be engaged and active in every single lesson
  • Teachers will pay attention to your individual requirements to ensure you're building the skills you need
  • You will learn through doing, with lessons giving you language knowledge and skills that can be used immediately outside the classroom.

Proposed timetable

Day of the week Activity
Sunday
  • Arrive into Shanghai Pudong airport
  • Transfer to accommodation
  • Check in
Monday
  • 9am - Registration
  • 10am-1pm - Class
  • Welcome evening group meal
Tuesday
  • 10am-1pm - Class
  • Cultural activity: Chinese martial arts
Wednesday
  • 10am-1pm - Class
  • Optional social activity
Thursday
  • 10am-1pm - Class
  • Evening group meal
Friday
  • 10am-1pm - Class
  • Cultural activity: Chinese cooking
Saturday
  • Day trip to Shanghai by high-speed train
  • Oriental Pearl Tower
  • Group lunch
  • The Bund
Sunday
  • Day trip to Suzhou Old Town
  • Pingjiang Lu canal
  • Group lunch
  • UNESCO protected garden
Monday
  • 10am-1pm - Class
  • Optional social activity
Tuesday
  • 10am-1pm - Class
  • Cultural activity: Chinese cinema night at the University
Wednesday
  • 10am-1pm - Class
  • Cultural activity: Chinese costumes
Thursday
  • 10am-1pm - Class
  • Optional social activity
Friday
  • 10am-1pm - Class
  • Cultural activity: Chinese songs
  • Goodbye evening meal
Saturday
  • Transfer to Shanghai Pudong airport

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