Traveling to Beijing for the Summer Language Academy

Curriculum & Classes in Beijing

Learn more about what classes look like at the Academy in Beijing.

While the teaching methodology and belief in immersion learning is consistent across all Academies, the curriculum in Beijing is designed to help students immerse themselves in the local surroundings and quickly adapt to their new environment.

Curriculum Design

Each week at the Academy, regardless of language level, students will focus on a particular theme that directly relates to Beijing and China. Themes and daily lessons are adapted for each class level, and weekly projects help students demonstrate their mastery of the content.

Upon completion of each theme, students will be required to give a presentation or enact a skit demonstrating what they have learned.

The weekly themes are designed to introduce students to Beijing, China, and the local history and culture -- all in language! This year’s weekly themes are:

  • Week 1: Getting to know Beijing - Directions and Transportation
  • Week 2: Living in Beijing - Eating, shopping, and making friends
  • Week 3: Chinese Social Culture and Practices
  • Week 4: Teenagers’ Wishes for the Future

Authentic Interaction

As a part of class time each day, teachers will bring students to different sites throughout Beijing to interact with native speakers. To develop an authentic understanding of the local economy, for example, students might visit local businesses to interview the owners.

In Beijing, the city is your classroom!

Throughout the program students will also have opportunities to attend presentations and performances by local experts. Students may hear from an expert about the role of media and communication in China or take in an exciting kung-fu performance; each event aims to enrich students’ understanding of Beijing and China.

Levels & Placement

Students will be required to take an online proficiency test prior to arriving in Beijing. Based on these results, students will be placed appropriately in one of four levels. Each level will focus on the same weekly theme, but the difficulty of content will be adapted to students’ level of proficiency.