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Summer Mandarin Language Program


In June 2019, we will be offering a two-week tuition-free Chinese language program that is being co-sponsored by the Confucius Institute at Western Kentucky University. The classes will be Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 2:30pm, from June 17 through June 28. Lunch, snacks, and classroom supplies will be provided.

This year the Native Chinese teachers with the Confucius Institute will engage students in an immersion program with a fresh curriculum focusing not only on language content but useful language skills with a robust infusion of culture, activities, and special events.

The Confucius Institute will have their mobile museum available for tours with students, parents and community throughout the event.

The Confucius Institute at Western Kentucky University opened in 2010 and, since then, has been placing teachers from China in K-12 schools throughout Kentucky. It serves as a regional hub for Chinese teacher training and curriculum development.

Every summer, Asia Institute-Crane House sends English teachers to China to help students there get a better understanding of our culture and to practice their language skills with native speakers. We believe that this has been a rewarding experience for both the teachers we send and the students they teach in China. The teachers who will be in our summer program classrooms are from Mainland China and are native speakers of Mandarin. We hope that this provides a similarly rich environment for our summer program students in Kentuckiana.

Register online to receive an application or email your name and address to [email protected].

Space for the program is limited and applications will be reviewed on a first-come basis. If your student is interested in our Summer Mandarin Language Program, please complete and return the application no later than May 15, 2019 to:

Mary Beth Buckner
Mandarin Language Program Coordinator
Asia Institute-Crane House
1244 S. Third St.
Louisville, KY 40203

Typical daily program schedule:
8:30 – Check in, complete anything left from previous day, practice
8:50 am: Group Exercise
9:00 – 9:45 am: Learning activities
9:45 – 10:15 am: Cultural Learning activity
10:15 – 11:00 am: Learning activity
11:00 – 11:30 am: Cultural Learning activity
11:30 – 12:00 am: Learning activities
12:00 – 12:30 pm: Chinese-table lunch
12:30 – 1:00 pm: Learning activity
1:00 – 1:30 pm: Exploring Chinese (elective learning stations)
1:30 – 2:00 pm: Reflection
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