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Confucius Institute Teaches Survival


Date: 4/25/2011

The Confucius Institute at Texas A&M University provided a two-day basic Chinese language class entitled “Survival Chinese” to sixty-four students and four faculty members in preparation for their respective summer study abroad experiences in China. Led by Professor Qingyun Wang, a visiting scholar who teaches within the Chinese program at Texas A&M, the class covered the basics of communicating in Chinese from basic greetings to phrases used while shopping. To help students with learning the basics, the Confucius Institute created a special pocket phrasebook for the students to carry with them during their summer in China.

When asked of her impression of the class Prof. Wang commented, “It was a fresh experience for me to teach Survival Chinese to the students; they did not know any Chinese but were full of curiosity about Chinese and Chinese culture.” She also added, “I hope that the Survival Chinese will help them in their trip to China and I also hope it was just a beginning for them to learn Chinese.”
Among the sixty-four students were twenty-two from the Mays Business School, who took part in the class in preparation for the annual summer program to Beijing Jiaotong University. Additionally, thirteen students and three professors participated in the Survival Chinese class. The students and faculty members joined the class in preparation for the Tsinghua University Summer English Camp. The camp will take place from June 27th to July 15th on the campus of one of China’s most prestigious universities and will involve approximately 3,200 students. Volunteers from Texas A&M will join volunteers from other US Universities to help boost learning and enthusiasm for the English language among the Chinese participants.
In addition to the group going to Tsinghua University and Beijing Jiaotong University, twenty-five students from the Corps of Cadets have taken the pre-program language course in preparation for the 2011 Summer Excursion to East Asia. The ten-day program will take the cadets to Beijing, Qingdao and Taipei and expose students to the cultural and geopolitical pulse of China and Taiwan.


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