Chinese Summer Language Program

Chinese Summer Language Program

Whether you’re planning overseas travel, exploring China’s rich history and culture, conducting graduate research, or preparing for a career in international affairs, the Chinese Summer Language Institute will help you acquire the linguistic and cultural knowledge you need to succeed. 

Chinese SLI participants earn the equivalent of two semesters (8 credits) of Chinese in an accelerated yet supportive environment. This summer we will be offering instruction in Level 2 (intermediate) Chinese only. Eligible students must demonstrate completion of  two semesters (8 credits) of Chinese Level 1 or the equivalent.  Upon successful completion of Chinese SLI level 2, students will be well prepared to enter a rigorous 300-level course offered at UVa or other university. In Level 2, students learn to express themselves with depth and sophistication on a array of topics as well as learn to distinguish between literary and colloquial Chinese.  Undergraduates, graduate students, professionals, and rising junior and senior high school students are welcome to apply. . 

Pedagogy and Philosophy

At Chinese SLI we use both teacher-centered and student-centered approaches to ensure that students are taken through the complete cycle of effective input and productive output for each target lesson.  We ask students to complete language tasks specially designed to utilize relevant vocabulary and grammar patterns in an accurate and effective manner.  All assessments are performance-based, meaning we evaluate students’ ability to perform, in speech and writing,  the following functions, in a creative and context appropriate fashion: description, narration, comparison, explanation, giving directions, supporting opinions, handling transactions, and hypothesizing.