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China Language Intensive, Summer 2007


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The following itinerary sketch has been updated for 2008 to reflect a reshaping of the course based on last year’s student feedback, and to better reflect this season’s expected travels, activities, and program component emphases. In order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, the itinerary remains subject to change. Please keep an eye on the Yak board as the spring progresses for additional itinerary-related postings and updates.


Weeks One-Two:
Orientation in L.A. Fly to Kunming, the pleasant and laid-back capital of Yunnan Province; begin intensive Mandarin classes, with four to five hours per day devoted to language study. Settle into home-stays with Chinese families. Work with local mentors on Independent Study Projects (ISPs). Attend classes with course instructors and guest lecturers at the Dragons Program House on a variety of topics, including: martial arts, painting, calligraphy, Chinese cooking, Traditional Chinese Medicine, history, politics, and economics. Option for intensive, one-on-one language sessions with course instructors and local mentors. Weekend outings and activities with home-stay families.

Weeks Three-Five:
Rural-based language study and home-stay in Nanyao Village in the Lashihai region of northwest Yunnan; four to five hours of daily language instruction, plus additional opportunities for one-on-one tutoring sessions. Introduction to regional minority cultures and on-going discussion of China’s development and emergence as a global power; community service work; outings with home-stay families and language partners; lessons in traditional arts, Tai Chi Chuan, Traditional Chinese Medicine, philosophical influences on Chinese culture, politics and national identity, and conceptions of mindfulness, energy and health. Explore neighboring villages by foot and bike, and hike amidst extraordinary mountain scenery.

Week Six:
Continue with daily Mandarin instruction. Students work together with Dragons instructors to plan their final 7-10 days of travel, using their oral language skills to complete practical tasks such as booking hotel rooms, arranging transport and organizing cultural activities. Possible options for the final travel portion of the program include: trekking to from Lashihai to Wenhai Naxi Village, Xuehua Yi Village and Tiger Leaping Gorge; taking an overnight train to Guilin in nearby Guangxi Province, with its picture-perfect scenery of rice paddies, winding rivers and towering limestone karsts peeking through the mist; or traveling to Chengdu and Xian to visit the Giant Panda Breeding Center and Terracotta Warriors. Return to Kunming; fly to Beijing. Explore capital: visit Temple of Heaven, Forbidden City, Summer Palace; hike and camp on the Great Wall. Final banquet and end-of-program celebration. Return to Los Angeles.

Sample Itinerary 2007

Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons'China Languagesummer program 2007. Our sample itineraries are based on past courses; in order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, future itineraries are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the course's Yak board for additional itinerary-related postings and updates.

Week One:
Orientation in L.A.; Fly to Beijing; introductions to modern China: political history, traditional culture, development and change. Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Great Wall. Evening acrobats, feast meals; meet with academics, executives and advocates for labor and minority groups. Visit Olympic sites, and discuss China’s developing status as a first-world power.

Week Two:
Train to Xian: Terra-cotta Soldiers, ancient history, ideas of national identity, further consideration of ethnic minority issues. Fly to Kunming, Yunnan Province, night bus to Lashihai, begin home-stays and language study.

Weeks Three - Five:
Lashihai language study and home-stay. Four to five hours of daily language instruction. Introduction to regional minority cultures; on-going discussion of China’s development and emergence as a global power; community service project; outings with home-stay families and language partners; exploration of neighboring villages and extraordinary mountain scenery; lessons in traditional arts; Tai Chi Chuan and conceptions of mindfulness, energy and health; Traditional Chinese Medicine; philosophical influences on Chinese culture, politics and national identity.

Week Six:
Farewell feast and celebration with home-stay families. Trekking to Wenhai Naxi Village, Xuehua Yi Village and Tiger Leaping Gorge. Return to Kunming, fly Kunming back to Los Angeles.

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China Language 6-wk: Sample Itinerary 2008

Dragons Administration,China Language Intensive, Summer 2007

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The following itinerary sketch has been updated for 2008 to reflect a reshaping of the course based on last year’s student feedback, and to better reflect this season’s expected travels, activities, and program component emphases. In order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, the itinerary […]

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03/19/08

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