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Junior

Mandarin

AGES 12–18

Where else can you immerse yourself in learning Mandarin, interact with native speakers, and enjoy the summer fun of the Hamptons? Building on the innovative pedagogy and curriculum developed at Ross School, the Mandarin Immersion @Ross program is designed to help students become effective communicators and critical thinkers in Mandarin. Immersive learning experiences are built around practical communication skills and significant current events, social issues, historical narratives, and environmental concerns, with equal attention to Chinese literature, art, media, and film. In addition, activities are arranged so that students share cultural experiences with native Mandarin speakers who are attending Ross School’s ESOL summer program.

Ross School’s buildings, artwork and artifacts, and Eastern-inspired décor provide an inspiring backdrop for learning the language while also studying aspects of Chinese culture, arts, and history. Students are exposed to Mandarin language both on campus and off, with Mandarin primarily spoken in the classrooms and the residential boarding houses.
COURSES
Students are placed in courses by proficiency and interest.

Language and Culture I
For students who are new to Mandarin
Students learn the basics of Chinese pinyin and tones, how to greet people in Mandarin, and the origin of Chinese characters, dialects, and even the term “China” while attempting to answer the question, “What does ‘speaking Chinese’ mean?”

Students in this course also learn about the importance of families in Chinese culture. While mastering the language skills required to talk and read about families, students discuss the cultural significance of the “Chinese family,” including the importance of names, family roles, pets, and government policies.

Projects include Chinese calligraphy, video interviews with native Mandarin speakers, and creating family trees.

Language and Culture II
For students who have previously studied Mandarin for less than two years
Topics of study include learning vocabulary to read and talk about colors, clothing, and cultural rituals. Students investigate the symbolic nature of color in China and the country’s rising fashion industry. The clothes of minority groups, as well as wedding and funeral rituals, are discussed.

Students in this course also address the culture of food in China, discussing restaurants, menus, and cooking, and learning about “real” Chinese food and how menus in Chinese restaurants in our hemisphere were Westernized.

Language and Culture III
For students with two or more years of study in Mandarin
Content focuses on sports and games. Students learn vocabulary for speaking and reading about popular games and sports in China and investigate the Western influence on Chinese sports, how the sport of ping-pong was used in diplomacy, and the origin of football in China.
JULY 3–AUGUST 11, 2017
Full Summer: 6 Weeks

$11,550 Boarding Students
$5,775 Day Students

JULY 3–JULY 21, 2017
Session One: 3 Weeks

$6,600 Boarding Students
$3,300 Day Students

JULY 24–AUGUST 11, 2017
Session Two: 3 Weeks
$6,600
Boarding Students
$3,300
Day Students

SCHEDULE
8:00am
8:45am
11:15am
12:00pm
1:15pm
3:15pm
Breakfast
Class
Lunch
Class
Elective
Wellness

ELECTIVES
Culinary Arts
Digital Music
TOEFL Prep
Art

WELLNESS
Movement
Multisport
Surfing
Tennis

FEES
$175
$300

$300
$575
$225

$225
Insurance (per 3 weeks)
Insurance (per 6 weeks)
Airport Service (one way)
Airport Service (roundtrip)
Surfing (per week)
Tennis (per week)