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HAMILTON TO OPEN CHINESE LANGUAGE PROGRAM IN BEIJING

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Posted December 18, 1995
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Responding to the interest expressed by its students and by those attending other U.S. colleges, Hamilton College has established an intensive Chinese language instruction program in Beijing, China.

The Associated Colleges in China program, which will conduct two sessions in 1996, is being administered at Hamilton by Hong Gang Jin, associate professor of Chinese. Professors Neil Kubler at Williams College and Der Lin Chao at Oberlin College will serve as advisors. Additional liberal arts colleges also have expressed interest in ACC, although the program is open to any college student who has completed at least one year of Chinese language instruction.

"We are pleased to offer American students a rigorous, highly individualized and highly interactive program for the instruction of Chinese," said Hamilton Dean of the Faculty Bobby Fong. "Increasing student interest and demand for such a program, coupled with the expertise we have on staff, encouraged us to take this step now."

The Associated Colleges in China program will be hosted by the Capital University of Business and Economics in Beijing. Course content for the sessions will focus on issues in China, but the teaching methods and materials used in the program will be developed primarily in the U.S. Additional faculty for the program will be native Chinese instructors who successfully complete a teaching training workshop administered by ACC.

A summer (June 28-Aug. 23) and a fall (Sept. 2-Dec. 9) program are scheduled for 1996. The deadline to apply for either or both sessions is March 1, 1996. Enrollment is limited to 30.

The ACC's standard curriculum will focus on studying Chinese through individualized instruction with a high level of participation and interaction. In addition to language instruction, students will explore Chinese society and culture.

Jin said the ACC program offers several unique features, including small- group drill sessions of no more than five students, two one-hour individual sessions for each student every day, a weekly language practicum for students to use their Chinese with local citizens, and a pledge to speak only Chinese while enrolled in the ACC program. Students will be housed at Capital University and will be matched with the families of university faculty members who have agreed to serve as host families.

Much of the ACC program, which awards Hamilton College credit, is modeled after several highly regarded programs, including those run by Hamilton since 1957 in Paris and since 1974 in Madrid.

"This program builds on the experiences we have gained over many years of administering our distinguished language programs in France and Spain," Fong said. "Like those long-time programs, we expect ACC will become the pre-eminent language instruction program in China."

The cost for the program, which includes registration, tuition, room, textbooks and weekend excursions, is $3,950 for the summer session, $5,900 for the fall session, and $9,500 for both sessions. Fong said the program will be self-supporting financially.

For more information about the Associated Colleges in China Program contact Hong Gang Jin at 315-859-4778 (office) or acchina@hamilton.edu (e-mail).

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