The Middlebury Chinese School provides formal and informal social opportunities for students in all levels, including the graduate program. Co-curricular activities in language provide students with hands-on exposure to cultural information as well as comraderie with teachers and/or students at all levels. From evening parties and bonfires to conversational lunch tables and weekend hikes, a variety of interactive activities encourage students to connect with each other and practice their language skills. Students are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities for fun, informal learning.
A variety of activities are offered each summer in Middlebury, and taught by the faculty to share their talents and specialized interest in Chinese art and culture.
Activities available each summer may include the following:
Art of Tea Learn to serve and drink tea with traditional tea sets and drink a range of wonderful Chinese teas.
Calligraphy Learn to write beautifully with ink and brush, and how to incorporate calligraphy in your every day life.
Cooking Our teachers love to cook, and many are certified chefs, and will introduce you to regional cuisine from mainland China.
Kung-Fu You will leave kung-fu class with basic self-defense skills, a glance into the cerebral nature of Chinese martial arts, and a complete northern-shaolin Long-Fist form.
Mahjong Learn the games that you will need to know when you go abroad!
Poetry Explore poetry by not only learning some classical and modern pieces, but practice the art of recitation.
Popular Songs Learn to sing the songs that are being listened to all over China.
Radio Host the Chinese language radio show for the whole school, campus, and local community to listen to. You will interview students and teachers, play music, and discuss current events and issues.
Soccer Join the Chinese School team for practice, and play in a series of friendly matches with the other language schools throughout the summer.
Tai-chi In Tai-chi class, you will learn the 24-step yang style form that is practiced in China’s parks every morning.
Volleyball Compete against the other language schools with your team in a Middlebury tournament that lasts the entire summer.
Movies, lectures, concerts, shared meals, exercise, shopping in town, and even doing laundry provide additional avenues for exploring Chinese culture and language. The daily immersive format provided by the Chinese School provides the perfect environment for language skill learning and practice.