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Yan Xia, Program Director

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  • Address: International Center/SMU Abroad Blanton Building, Suite 216 6185 Airline Drive Dallas, TX 75205
  • Tel: 1-214-768-2338
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The SMU-in-China program is an 8-week linguistic and cultural immersion summer program designed for native English speakers who wish to take beginning, intermediate or advanced Chinese. The program enhances basic language skills learned in Chinese, with a focus on language proficiency, particularly in the areas of description, narration, correspondence and comparisons based on situational context.

The SMU-in-China summer program gives Chinese students the opportunity to explore this richly historic city while participating in intensive language instruction.  The program offers two contiguous intensive language courses in modern Chinese at the intermediate level.

Students have four hours of class in the morning, with two hours of instruction and two hours of drill.  Once a week, students have an individual session with one of the teachers.  The rest of the afternoons are left open for study and extracurricular activities in Chinese.  There is a quiz every Friday morning.  On the weekends, there are performances and trips to historic sites in and outside Beijing.  In addition, students are encouraged to take lessons in Chinese art, such as taiji, martial arts, calligraphy and Chinese music.

The host university, Beijing Normal University (BNU), recognized widely for its strong faculty, has been home of various college summer language programs for the past decade. The university staff has rich experience in teaching Chinese to American college students and in organizing weekend excursions and cultural activities. Beijing Normal University is located in the northwestern part of Beijing, between the second and third ring roads, with convenient access to all parts of the city via subway, public buses and taxis.

The Chinese-Only Pledge: Students speak Chinese during the entire program (with exception for emergencies and phone calls with friends and family). Every student signs a pledge agreeing to this commitment. The Chinese-only pledge is considered valuable and critical in learning the language and developing fluency.