Exploring Chinese Culture & Language

Monday, July 12th - Thursday, July 15th
Application Deadline: June 15th


The Program: 
This course is open to students ages 15-18 and will teach Mandarin Chinese verbally and in writing. The course explores Chinese history and culture through hands-on study, such as calligraphy writing, ink painting, and Tai Chi practice.

  • Explore Chinese Language and Culture.
  • Learn from anywhere.
  • Take real, fascinating college courses at AU and experience, in advance, the unique Chinese language in AU Modern Language Division and Chinese Music Courses in AU Performing Arts Division.
  • Study with native Chinese teachers and AU Chinese language students. Get a head start on Mandarin Chinese language and explore Chinese culture, both traditional and modern.
  • Students will receive a free package of supplies.

Directors & Faculty:
Daisy Wu is Visiting Professor of Music in Alfred University's Performing Arts Division and is the Director of the Confucius Institute at Alfred University. Katie Wang, Visiting Professor of Chinese/Modern Languages Division, will co-direct this virtual camp.

Tao PengTao Peng is a Visiting Research Scholar at College of Liberal Arts & Sciences of Alfred University. He was Professor of Law and Director of Legal Affairs at China University of Geosciences for 4 years. He has had rich international experiences, having been a visiting scholar at Warsaw University (2000), Michigan State University (2004), Alfred University (2013). His research interests include law and global study, focusing on comparative studies of the legal aspect of higher education.

Natasha TaoXiaochao (Natasha) Tao is a visiting teacher working for the Dual Language Program at North Street School in Geneva City School District,NY. She was teaching Mandarin in Rochester Bishop Kearney High School and Rochester Northstar Christian Academy from 2017-2020. She obtained Master's Degree of Arts in Education Administration from Jiangxi Normal University in 2008. She has previously taught at Nanchang Xinjian District No. 5 Middle School in China for 22 years. She is interested in Chinese literature and painting.

Lena ChenYanping (Lena) Chen is a visiting teacher of modern languages in Alfred University's School of Liberal Arts & Sciences. Currently, Lena specializes in the teaching of Mandarin classes at North Street School in Geneva City School District (Geneva, NY) during the regular school year when not conducting this summer camp at Alfred University. She is quite an energetic and optimistic person who loves educating, travelling, running, playing the cucurbit flute and paper-cutting as a hobby.

Avril ZhangChuyue (Avril) Zhang is a visiting Mandarin teacher for Roxboro Road Middle School in North Syracuse Central School District, (North Syracuse, NY) and North Street School in Geneva City School District (Geneva, NY). She has been an English teacher for 13 years in No.2 Senior High School of Liaohe Oilfield,Liaoning Province. She is a fan of calligraphy, drawing, dancing and any odd stuffs, with an inquiring and omnivorous mind and innate need for idealism.

You will attend classes and discussions via an online, virtual platform. Further information, including a detailed program schedule and online platform details, will be sent upon acceptance.

The cost is $100. A deposit of $50 is required.

How To Apply:
We are partnering with CampDoc (an online registration program) to better serve our campers and staff. CampDoc offers online registration and an electronic record system for campers. The CampDoc site is secure, encrypted and password protected. Only Alfred University Summer Health Staff will have access to camper information.

To gain access to our online application, please use the following link (we support the current and previous major releases of Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Safari):

Camp Registration Portal (CampDoc)
CampDoc Registration Instructions

Acceptance Next Steps:
The program director will evaluate all applications and determine who will be accepted. Acceptance and non-acceptance notifications will be sent via email. Once campers are accepted, they will be directed to pay the camp tuition and will be provided with the official schedule and online platform information. Any questions should be directed to Daisy Wu.

Morning, PART I
9:00 a.m. - 9:35 a.m. Announcements and a survey to China and Mandarin Chinese
9:35 a.m. - 9:40 a.m. BREAK
9:40 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. Chinese Language class: Greetings and Self-introduction
10:20 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. BREAK

Morning, PART II
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Hands-on Culture Workshop: Chinese Characters & Calligraphy
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. LUNCH BREAK

Afternoon, PART I
1:30 p.m. - 2:10 p.m. Chinese Culture Class: Traditional Chinese Music
2:10 a.m. - 2:20 a.m. BREAK
2:20 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. Chinese Language Class: Numbers in Chinese
3:10 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. BREAK
3:20 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. College Students Learning Experience Sharing: by students from AU Chinese language class.

Alfred University is located in the peaceful village of Alfred in western New York State, where summer days are warm and nights are cool and comfortable. Surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful meadows and valleys, Alfred University is the perfect place to spend an enjoyable week learning more about a favorite subject and meeting other students who share your interests.

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