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2018 Shanghai Summer Immersion Program

The NYU Shanghai Chinese Language Program is a 9-week summer program that enables students to learn two semesters of material and to earn eight NYU Shanghai credits. This program is geared towards students who are serious about studying Chinese language in a totally immersive environment. This rigorous, demanding, and rewarding language program allows students to have first-hand experience in using Chinese in real world situations as well as studying and practicing it in the classroom. To ensure effective teaching and learning, classes are capped at 10 students. On weekday afternoons, students can participate in cultural activities such as Tai Chi, Chinese calligraphy, Chinese cooking, and more.

 

Dates: May 22, 2018 - July 20, 2018

Cultural Trip and Break: June 19, 2018 to June 24, 2018


Program Overview Academics Application Information Tuition and Fees Admitted Students

 

Program Offerings

Intermediate Level

This is a 9-week long intensive course, designed for students who have completed Elementary Chinese II at NYU Shanghai, NYU New York or the equivalent at another institution. Students also have the option to take a placement exam. This course consists of in-class instruction, tutorial time and outside class language practicum. It aims to develop, enhance and consolidate the overall language competency. At the end of the 9th week, students are able to:

1) Understand and obtain information from extended and complex conversations.

2) Express and expound on, in extended length, feelings, opinions and viewpoints in inter-personal conversations and in presentations related to social-cultural topics, with a high level of fluency and accuracy in pronunciation and grammar use.

3) Accumulate vocabulary needed for common conversations and formal topic discussions, debates and presentations; develop the ability to decipher meanings of compound words.

4) Comprehend extended passages in form of narrative, exposition and argumentation, search for the detailed information, guess word meanings, express viewpoints, opinions, feelings, etc.

5) Write, in relative length (300-500 characters long) informational narratives, expository and simple argumentative passages with level-appropriate vocabulary and grammatical accuracy, as well as basic syntactical cohesion.

6) Be acquainted with aspects of Chinese culture and society, explain and express opinions and viewpoints on the phenomena in Chinese culture and society.

Advanced Level

This course is a 9-week long intensive course, designed for students who have completed Intermediate Chinese II at NYU Shanghai, NYU New York or the equivalent at another institution. Students also have the option to take a placement exam. This course consists of in-class instruction, tutorial time and outside class language practicum. It aims to reinforce and further improve overall language competency, with the focus on studying and employing semi-formal and formal expressions and usages.

At the end of this 9-week study, students are able to:

1) Acquire specialized vocabulary (including idioms) and sentence patterns for delivering formal presentations and carrying out formal discussions and debates.

2) Apply formal linguistic expressions in speaking and writing, through knowing equivalences between informal and formal expressions and successfully transferring between these two forms.

3) Comprehend texts with advanced vocabulary and syntax, make context-based guesses about the meaning of new words or phrases.

4) Enhance the ability to analyze sentence structures and produce sentences with complex syntactical features.

(5) Write expository and argumentative essays, through the analysis and critical thinking of Chinese social-cultural phenomena.

(6) Accumulate more information and knowledge about Chinese culture and society aspects and be able to analyze the aspects.

 

The program creates an immersive Chinese language learning and living environment. Students will improve their overall Chinese language competency, including linguistics, cross-cultural communication, self-learning, and critical thinking. Highlights of the program include:

  • Application of language in the real life situations.

  • Language practicum activities, including cultural trips, Chinese culture classes, the Speaker Series and research projects.

  • Small, intimate class sizes.

  • Chinese Language immersive environment, guaranteed through the Language pledge.​

 

Language Pledge

As a condition of the program, students pledge to only speak Chinese for the duration of the program. This pledge encourages an active learning environment and the total language immersion leads to significant learning results. If students abuse the pledge, serious violations may lead to expulsion from the program.