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Take Look(Book) at Our Latest Beijing Photos

Program Director, Gao Yuan, took some amazing photos of life in language at our Beijing Academy and compiled them in a Lookbook here: http://bit.ly/1nAxpcA. Once we receive the individual photos, we will send an updated blog post so that you can view and download for free. Be sure to check back soon!

-Ryan H.
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Tianjin Getaway

This past Saturday we took students to Tianjin, a municipality around two hours away from Beijing. Tianjin is the fourth largest city in China by population, and has been a major seaport and gateway to China since the city’s formation.

Important Information for Beijing Academy 2014

In case family members missed it previously, we are including important information on the Beijing Academy below. Please keep this for your records and reach out with any questions or concerns!

BEIJING ACADEMY PROGRAM ADDRESS

MMLA Program

Beijing Institute of Education

2 Wenxing Street

Xizhimenwai, Xicheng District

Beijing 100044, PRC

北京西城区西直门外文兴街2 号

 

DAILY CONTACT

CET Office in Beijing - From the U.S. dial:  011+86+10+6834 2428

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Gaining Invaluable Language Experience by Exploring the Summer Palace

Sunday was another day out in Beijing, and our destination was the Summer Palace. Basically a huge park, the Summer Palace is a mix of natural landscapes and man-made features. We entered from the North gate, meaning we had to tackle Longevity Hill before we made it to the Summer Palace’s most notable feature: Kunming Lake. While on the hill, students explored the various pavilions,temples and bridges – of course, we took advantage of these great photo opportunities.

Weekend Excursion to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City

When you hear Beijing, there are two places sure to come to mind: Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. For our first weekend in Beijing we decided to bring the students to these incredible sights as a great way to understand Chinese history and culture.

Start the Day the Beijing Way

Each morning our RA’s kick off the day with the morning assembly, where they convey important information to our students without using English. What results is a spectacular display of classic language pledge communication methods, including skits, hand motions and a lot of charades. Students must watch and listen very carefully to put together the Chinese they are hearing and the movements of the RA’s to get important pieces of information that they will need for the day. 

Language Pledge in Beijing

It was a big day for us all in Beijing. After a night’s rest, students were all ready to go for their first day at the MMLA Beijing Academy. They started off with some testing and a taste of classes in the morning. We could tell everyone was having a good time, because we could hear students laughing all the way from our office!

Welcome to Beijing!

We are happy to announce that all students attending the 2014 MMLA Beijing Academy have arrived safely! Luckily, there were no real flight issues and even traffic from the airport back to campus was on our side - not very common here in Beijing.

Meanwhile...in Beijing

We know that all of our students are probably packing and preparing for an exciting summer in Beijing, but our staff has already touched down and is working hard to make sure everything is ready for students’ arrival. Our office is getting set up, student materials are being prepared, and RAs have even started making hand made dorm signs for each room.

We are all looking forward to meeting all our students soon!
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Welcome to the 2014 Beijing Academy

Dear Beijing Academy Students, 

Our names are Tim Liu and Yuan Gao, and we will be serving as Director of Residential Life and Program Director, respectively, for the Beijing Academy this summer. We are writing today to catch you up on all we have been doing to prepare for what promises to be an amazing language immersion experience. We would also like to take this time to give you an update on what you can expect to experience during this summer’s program.

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