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National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)

Highlights from the Summer 2015 Shanghai Program

Week of June 29, 2015

On July 2, a Shanghai-based NSLI-Y alum came to the program site and shared with the students his NSLI-Y experience, as well as his post-NSLI-Y engagement with Chinese and China. Nicholas Clark attended NSLI-Y in 2010 in Henan Province and now works for an educational consulting company in Shanghai. Students enjoyed the conversation with him and conversations continued after his presentation. When asked, "How do you resist the tempatation to speak English when you are asked to," Nicholas responded by saying that when in China, no matter what language he is spoken to, he replied back in Chinese. Different people reach proficiency at different stages, but it is very important to keep speaking the target langauge. Additionally, Nicholas mentioned, "Once my Chinese surpassed their English, everyone just speaks Chinese to me."

Non-classroom cutural activies of this week included:

Students celebrated July 4th with sight-seeing activities in the China Expo Hall in Pudong, the Oriental TV Tower, and a night cruise on the Huangpu River, where they enjoyed splendid views of both sides of the River: Pu Xi (West of Huangpu River) and Pu Dong (East of Huangpu River). Sight-seeing continues to supplement their langauge learning, as they visited the Shanghai Museum, Shanghai Library, and Shanghai Confucian Temple last weekend.

 

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