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There are more than 1.4 billion Chinese speakers, making it the most widely spoken language in the world. Chinese is made up of many dialects, the primary one being Mandarin, which is spoken in mainland China, Singapore, and Taiwan. Mandarin Chinese characters represent one of the oldest writing systems in the world.
Middlebury Interactive offers a comprehensive portfolio of Chinese courses with both online and brick-and-mortar components. The offerings provide varying levels of immersion methodology to accommodate different world language objectives and learning styles. Courses are designed with the goal of language proficiency and aligned with national standards set by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
Chinese Courses and Levels
Students focus on the four key areas of world-language study: listening, speaking, reading and writing. The extensive use of authentic video, audio, images or texts allows for a contextualized and interactive experience with the vocabulary and linguistic structures. Courses actively engage students in completing a variety of activities, practices, tasks and assessments. Cultural information relevant to Chinese-speaking countries and communities and robust cross-cultural reflections are infused throughout the materials from beginning to end. Recognition and practice of simplified Chinese characters are a key focus of the course and students learn several characters in each unit. Pinyin is often presented with characters to aid in listening and reading comprehension.
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Chinese 4-Week Residential Academy
Middlebury Interactive offers Chinese immersion programs in summer for students in grades 8-12 on three liberal arts college campuses across the US. For the first time in 2013, Middlebury Interactive is offering a Chinese language program in Beijing, China.. Students take part in small classes, creative projects, sports and live performances—all in Chinese. The Chinese Academy is based on Middlebury’s long-standing tradition of immersion education. The curriculum is age-appropriate and designed using proven Middlebury language learning methodology. Visit Site
Chinese 2-Week Summer Day Academy
Middlebury Interactive’s Summer Day Academies take place in a private school setting and offer a unique opportunity for students in grades 5-8 to acquire authentic Chinese language skills. Drawing upon Middlebury’s immersion pedagogy, the Academies are designed for students seeking to accelerate language learning and explore new cultures. The program provides individualized, interactive and project-based curriculum—all in Chinese. Visit Site
Individual Courses in Chinese
As part of the Middlebury Interactive family of companies, powerspeaK¹² offers a versatile and dynamic approach to language learning. It helps students develop communicative competence in the target language while building a strong foundation in correct grammar and vocabulary usage. Visit Site