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National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)

Highlights from the Summer 2016 Shanghai Program

Week 5

The 2016 NSLI-Y Shanghai program is coming to an end and students have made impressive progress in their Chinese language and cultural proficiency. The biggest highlight of the week featured five of NSLI-Y students guest speaking at an Education USA event on July 25 at the Shanghai American Center.

During this two-hour event conducted entirely inChinese, the panel shared information on their high school experience with 60 audience members. The students responded to questions on how Chinese people precieve American high school based on movies, in addition to commenting on several important issues such as academic course load and stress, college preparation, extracurricular activities, and social and emotional support. After the event, they talked with audience members and answered individual questions. A brief news release on the event can be found on the Shanghai American website.

Education USA

Education USA

Education USA

Education USA

Education USA

This week’s street interview concluded the five-part series and was conducted in Tianzifang, an arts and crafts enclave that has developed from a renovated Shanghai residential area featuring traditional Shikumen (stone gate) architecture style. Students talked with local people and tourists about their view on Shanghai’s all-inclusive culture. Being a metropolis with local people, people from throughout the country, and people from all over the world, Shanghai’s diversity is reflected through its architecture, language, cuisines, and many different customs. Students started their street interviews in the first week of the program, asking people about famous tourist spots in Shanghai. In the following three weeks, interview topics included pop music, favorite food, and transportation and travel. Students are working on their final project presentation, which will be during their commencement on August 6.

On Friday, July 29, NSLI-Y students visited East China Normal University (ECNU), where they learned about study abroad opportunity in college, whether it is degree seeking or short-term for intensive language learning. ECNU is one of the few universities in China where a base of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language has been established by the Ministry of Education.


Humble Administrator’s Garden

NSLI-Y students spent a relaxed weekend with organized tours to Suzhou and Zhujiajiao, water towns in the suburb of Shanghai. In Suzhou, students visited the Humble Administrator’s Garden, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Suzhou Museum, designed by the Pritzker Prize winning Chinese American I.M. Pei. In Zhujiajiao, students enjoyed a boat ride and walked around the 1,700-year old town.

NSLIY excursion

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The NSLI-Y program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.