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Chinese Summer Language Program

Unique Features of the Program

Through intensive, performance-based activities and frequent exposure to culturally authentic contexts, students in the Chinese SLI are able to master a voluminous amount of material in a short span of time.  Inside the classroom, students enjoy an intimate format with tutorials at least four days a week.  Outside the classroom, students practice what they are learning each week with native speakers through community outreach events, including cooking competitions, cultural presentations and guest lectures on contemporary Chinese society. Most of these community-related activities are not offered during the regular academic semester.

Program Structure

Monday-Thursday

9:00 - 12:00 a.m. Class meets as a group, with native speaking tutors facilitating small group work.

Monday-Wednesday

12:00 - 2:00 p.m. Tutorials with native-speaking tutors.

Thursday

5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Chinese Corner—students enjoy a Chinese take-out dinner while conversing with native-speaking friends from the local Chinese community.

Friday

9:00 - 12:00 a.m.

12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Class meets, weekly oral and written tests administered.

Students participate in cooking event with members of the local Chinese community followed by a cultural presentation.

Project  Go  Funding  for  ROTC Students:
ROTC cadets admitted to the SLI to study Chinese, Russian or Arabic, languages classified as "critical" for U.S. national security, may be eligible to receive financial support through Project Go, a DOD-funded initiative.  For more details, contact Professor Rich Cohen rjc8s@Virginia.EDU or LTC Timothy Leroux tpl6n@Virginia.EDU.

Textbooks

for Elementary Chinese: Integrated Chinese Level 1, Part I, textbook 3rd edition, workbook, character workbook. Level 1, Part 2, textbook 3rd edition and workbook.

for Intermediate Chinese: Integrated Chinese Level 2, Part I, Part 2, textbook 3rd edition and workbook.