Beginning students are introduced to Mandarin Chinese using the Pinyin system of Romanization and simplified characters.
As they progress through the program, students continually expand their vocabulary, study and review grammar. They gain increased language fluency and cultural understanding through textbook readings, articles on current social topics, plays, short stories, multimedia material, discussion, and debates.
Immersion in Taiwan
Students attend small group language classes for 20 hours each week. During the afternoon they participate in excursions to cultural and historical sights in and around Taipei, including the National Palace Museum, Longshan Temple, the Chiang Kai-shek and Sun Yat-sen Memorials, Taipei 101, the Confucius Temple, and Yangmingshan. They also enjoy cultural activities and enrichment classes in traditional Chinese arts such as calligraphy, martial arts, painting, paper cutting, music, and cooking. On weekends are spent touring famous sights such as Alishan, Taroko Gorge, and Hualien.