As part of the U.S. Department of State’s promotion of foreign language learning for American students, participants in the Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes will be in Qingdao during Summer 2013.
According to the CLS website, it is a “program of the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs … administered by American Councils and The Ohio State University/Ohio University.” The program’s partner school in Qingdao is Ocean University, and the students will be here June 12 to August 11, 2013.
More info from the CLS website:
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program in Qingdao, China provides an intensive 8-week advanced-level language program set in the dynamic and beautiful coastal city of Qingdao, where one can experience China in transition while enjoying the ocean breezes and clean air. Students receive a minimum of 20 hours per week of classroom instruction, participate in extensive community engagement activities and practice domain-specific professional Chinese in authentic contexts. The CLS program in Qingdao incorporates a language policy that requires scholarship recipients to speak only Chinese during all program activities.
CLS Qingdao’s local partner is Ocean University of China. Participants live in a business hotel with dorm room like facilities. The hotel is within a 7-8 minute walk from the OSU Qingdao Center where classes are held. OSU Qingdao Center itself is located in an oceanside high rise building, next to the May 4th Square, Qingdao’s city center. It is a pleasant and encouraging environment for learning the language, engaging native professionals and peers, and practicing what you have learned in the local community.
The CLS curriculum in Qingdao incorporates extensive co-curricular activities including excursions to explore culturally significant sites and community service projects where participants utilize their Chinese language and cultural knowledge and skills to produce tangible results that will be positively perceived and welcomed by the locals.