Intensive Summer and Capstone Year programs build students’ proficiency

Last spring, 10 students in the Chinese Language Flagship Program were accepted to domestic and overseas intensive summer language programs. Eight students attended the International Chinese Language Program at National Taiwan University to study 400-level or above Chinese language classes and two attended Indiana University’s Flagship Chinese Institute to study 200-level Chinese. After eight weeks of being immersed in Chinese and speaking only Mandarin, they have returned to UHM with greatly increased proficiency.

Another student, Mia Porter, has been accepted to the Flagship Capstone Year in China (2017-18) at Nanjing University. A Finance and International Business major, she will take business classes taught entirely in Chinese with Chinese undergraduates in the Fall 2017 semester. In the spring, she will complete an internship in China using the language skills and business knowledge she has been building up over the past four years.

Intensive summer programs and the capstone year are important components of the Flagship program, which is designed to guide students to professional levels of language and cultural proficiency. In addition to these immersion experiences, students take both Chinese language classes and advanced content courses taught in Chinese at UHM, and participate in the tutorial program. Graduates are able to communicate in speaking, reading, writing, and listening in their fields in both English and Chinese with minimal linguistic difficulty and also have the cultural understanding needed to function in professional and social situations.

Chinese Language Flagship Program students accepted to intensive summer programs and their tutors outside the Flagship’s new offices in the Biomedical Sciences. Front row from left: Kea Kam, Eileen Roco, Oliver Sou, Xiao Qing Yu, and Sara Guo. Middle row from left: Chang Liu (tutor), Mengying Zhai (GA and tutor), Dominic Pugliaresi, Katherine Gallion, Mia Porter, and Edwin Wong; Back row from left: Zhening Zhang (tutor), Linus Sun (GA and tutor), Ryan Kirk, and Javier Chaney.