Summer Immersion Course – Mandarin

Summer Immersion Course (8-23 July 2018)

The Summer Immersion course is a culture and language immersion course organised jointly by the Confucius Institute for Scotland’s Schools and Hanban. Pupils from across Scotland enjoy a 2 week trip to Beijing and Tianjin. The course includes Mandarin and cultural lessons at the Tianjin Foreign Studies University, sightseeing in both Beijing and Tianjin. All participants are asked to pay £600 towards the cost of this trip. On successful completion of the course pupils will receive SQA accreditation. Pupils must complete 10 hours of Mandarin study in Scotland before going to China. To read about previous trips, please refer to our newsletter by clicking here.

Criteria

Teachers

  • The accompanying teacher should see this as a Professional Learning opportunity and be
    willing to take Confucius activities forward in the school/EA.
  • Teachers should have previous experience of residential school trips.
  • The pace can be intense at times and teachers should be able to cope with the rigours of a
    physically demanding programme.
  • Teachers must be flexible in their approach and understand that there can be programme
    changes, even at the last minute.
  • Teachers should understand that they are responsible for the wellbeing of their group and
    that they will need to carry out on-going risk assessments throughout the trip.
  • Teachers should be in possession of a passport which is valid for 6 months after the date of travel and has 2 free passport pages.

Pupils

  • The pupils must have an interest in studying Chinese or already be studying Chinese and be able to continue their language learning on their return.*
  • The pupils should understand that the purpose of this visit is to learn about Chinese language and culture and much of their time will be spent in class.
  • The pupils must be willing to be flexible and understand that many customs and experiences will be different from the UK, including the food.
  • Pupils will need to be open to experiencing other people’s cultures as they will be taking part in a short home visit to a carefully selected family unaccompanied by their teacher.
  • Pupils should be able to cope with a physically demanding programme.
  • Pupils should currently be in S4 or S5. They must be no younger than 15 at the time of the trip.
  • Pupils should be in possession of a passport which is valid for 6 months after the date of
    travel and has 2 free passport pages.

    *The course is aimed at beginner level Mandarin learners. If a pupil’s level is higher than this, they should be made aware that classes cannot be catered to their level.

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