Learning Mandarin Chinese and Culture

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An Immersion Environment

The purpose of this project is to contribute to the development and improvement of the study of modern foreign languages and area studies in the U.S. by providing opportunities for teachers, students and faculty to study in a foreign country to increase the Mandarin language capacity and Chinese culture knowledge of the participants. The project will implement a research-based integrated culture content and language immersion model. A research study will be integrated in the evaluation plan to determine the participants’ Mandarin language gains, increases in pre- and post-knowledge of Chinese culture and their perceptions of it, as well as professional transformative changes.

Project Collaborators

This project is a collaborative effort between the Graduate School of Education, the Department of Learning and Instruction, the Office of the Associate Dean for International Education and Language Programs, and in coordination with the Gengdan Institute of Beijing, University of Technology, China, which collaborates with Hanban (Chinese Institute of Culture).

Project Overview

The project will provide pre-departure and post-travel follow-up activities at the University at Buffalo. It will provide an overseas integrated curriculum, home-like stays and culture site visits in Beijing, China.