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Weekly Morning Class and
Afternoon Activities Program:
Detailed Program Description


Morning Class Teaching Methodology


Teachers and Teaching Materials 

Our Weekly Morning Class and Afternoon Activities Program classes are taught by professors and guest lecturers from our partner university, all of whom have years of practical experience teaching Mandarin. Carefully selected materials are used in class combined with interesting multimedia material.  We limit each class to normally between 2-4 students (with a maximum of 7) in order to enhance the teacher-student interaction.

Our engaging learning atmosphere and out-of-the-box and carefully selected teaching curricula help students attain their Chinese language goals faster. Our programs not only enable students to gain a basic understanding of conversational and written Mandarin, but also, help advanced learners considerably improve their Mandarin, equipping them with all the linguistic skills that are necessary to succeed in a thoroughly Chinese environment.

Stimulating Learning Atmosphere and Interesting Curricula

Our engaging learning atmosphere and out-of-the-box teaching curricula help students attain their Chinese language goals faster. Our programs not only enable students to gain a basic understanding of conversational and written Mandarin, but also, help advanced learners considerably improve their Mandarin, equipping them with all the linguistic skills that are necessary to succeed in a thoroughly Chinese environment. At the end of a course, students, who are new to the language, can easily converse with their Chinese counterparts via short, comprehensible dialogues in Mandarin. They can also recognize and study commonly used Chinese characters.

Cultural Elements in our Curricula

Our Weekly Morning Class and Afternoon Activities Program is not only about teaching syntactic structures or new expressions in Mandarin. Besides enhancing a student’s communicative competence in Mandarin, our curricula puts a lot of  emphasis on the cultural elements of China which are inextricably linked with the language itself. We enable students to speak intelligible Mandarin and communicate with native Chinese speakers with ease and efficiency.

To return to the Basic Introduction to the Weekly Morning Class and Afternoon Activities Program.

Afternoon Activities

Option 1: Volunteering

Outside classes, students may volunteer with our partner non-profit organizations; working in these organizations can be a great way to learn more about China, to help less fortunate individuals and to practice and improve your language skill.  Our volunteering projects focus on a number of areas including education (mostly English teaching), community development, and environmental protection.  For these programs we collaborate with many local and international NGOs with which we have developed partnerships over the years. The majority of our volunteers are placed with organizations providing English classes to disadvantaged children, though we do have placements in different fields as well. 

Placement Areas:

Children’s Assistance: Volunteer projects with these organizations would include teaching English to disadvantaged children and assisting with various community outreach projects. One of the things that makes our educational impact program stand out is that the children who our students teach and help in Kunming come from impoverished backgrounds. Their parents are migrant laborers, slogging day in and day out to put food on the table. Many of these children are orphaned at birth or just homeless.

Environmental Protection: China’s recent unbridled economic development has become a major stumbling block to its environmental conservation. Volunteer activities with organizations that are devoted to the environmental conservation of Yunnan can help students learn in-depth about this issue.

Community Development: Yunnan is still a poor and underdeveloped province of China. So there are many non-profit organizations that are devoted to poverty alleviation and community development in Yunnan.

Option 2: Language Exchange

In the afternoon, students can participate in language exchange sessions with local Chinese students, brushing up their conversational Mandarin.  Learning in our classrooms and being immersed in a Mandarin speaking city like Kunming will undoubtedly do a lot to improve students' language skills.  However, for a lot of students, a one-on-one exchange of Chinese for English with local students can do a lot to supplement their language learning while they are studying with us.  There is simply no better way to practice ones listening and speaking skills than by having regular conversations with a native speaker.

Another benefit of language exchange is that students have the opportunity to meet their Chinese peers.  What better way to make a new friend than working together to improve each other’s skills in a foreign language?  In addition to improving their Chinese skills, students who choose to participate in our language exchange will get a personal in-depth education on Chinese culture and Kunming's local customs.

One-on-One Tutorial Sessions

Students interested in a more intensive language program can choose one-on-one tutorial sessions, in addition to their classes. These one-on-one lessons are offered by seasoned Mandarin teachers of our partner universities. This program affords students the opportunity to individually practice conversational Mandarin.

Classes can begin anytime according to the convenience of students and they can even decide on the length of the course. Subjects taught in the class are also customized to the student’s own needs.

To return to the Basic Introduction to the Weekly Morning Class and Afternoon Activities Program. 

Activities for Students in their Free Time

During the evenings, students are free to participate in various cultural activities in order to get an in-depth understanding of the ways of life of the local people. These activities may include participating in workshops on Tai-Chi and Chinese calligraphy, attending performances from local ethnic musicians and dancers, visiting local museums, and going to sites of local interest. In addition to these extra-curricular activities, our students will have plenty of opportunities to befriend Chinese students, participating in some of our set programs in summer. As a result, they can practice Mandarin with these students in real-life settings, gaining essential, first-hand cultural understanding, something that is not possible in a classroom environment. Alternatively, over the weekends, students can also explore Yunnan and beyond, on their own or just relax. There are lots of interesting places to explore in Kunming. Students can visit the swanky malls, coffee-shops and restaurants in downtown Kunming or just take leisurely strolls in the city’s many lush green parks. They can take a trip to the city’s open-air markets and marvel at the exotic handicraft items, made by the ethnic minorities. Students can also explore various traditional tea-houses in Kunming or participate in tea-ceremonies and sip perfectly brewed tea.

Meals

This program includes three meals a day, Monday through Friday. Students will enjoy fine quality, healthy and tasty meals throughout the program. Our menu gives students an insight into Yunnan’s bewildering variety of gastronomic delights. Most of the days, we serve students a Western style breakfast and a variety of Chinese style meals for lunch and dinner.

Weekend Excursions

Over the weekends, from Thursday afternoon to Sunday, students are free to independently travel around Yunnan, China, as well as nearby Southeast Asian countries. Alternatively, students can join a Minds Abroad excursion, offered on various weekends between May and August. Our excursions cover fast growing metropolises in the east of China, Chinese time-warp villages and ancient towns which have become UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

For information on the exact schedule of these excursions, please inquire.

To return to the Basic Introduction to the Weekly Morning Class and Afternoon Activities Program.

 


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