Beijing Academy

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Summer 2014 Beijing Academy

June 22 — July 17, 2014 

* Space is limited for the Beijing Academy.  Applications should be submitted immediately to be considered for enrollment.

Middlebury-Monterey is the gold standard for residential language and cultural immersion programs. Our new Beijing Academy features the same renowned curriculum and format as our US-based academies to provide students the once-in-a-lifetime experience to immerse themselves in the language and culture of one of the world’s most fascinating cities.

Steeped in the richness of the past and at the center of modern day China, Beijing is the ideal location to study Chinese. We’ve partnered with CET Academic Programs and the Beijing Institute of Education, both of which are highly respected educational institutions with deep roots in China. These strategic partnerships allow us to deliver Middlebury College’s renowned immersion curriculum in a safe, fun and enriching environment. Apply Now!

Questions? Call: 888-216-3815

Student Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Program Eligibility and Overview

  • Open to rising 10th graders and above with at least one year of Chinese.
  • Language instruction by Middlebury-Monterey and CET Beijing teachers.
  • The same immersion pedagogy and Language Pledge as US academies.
  • Curriculum includes formal classroom instruction, electives, residential learning opportunities and field trips.
  • Activities and excursions include interactive visits to both sites and wondrous cultural and historic locations.
  • Day trip outside of Beijing on the third weekend of the program.
  • A pre-departure orientation is held in San Francisco for US-based students with departure to Beijing later that day. Dates and Fees.

Partner Organizations

CET Academic Programs is a US-based study abroad organization that has been designing and administering innovative educational programs since 1982 and operating in China for 30 years. It is among the largest American program providers operating in China today, enrolling more than 650 students.

Beijing Institute of Education hosts CET’s Chinese Language program and is the site of Middlebury-Monterey’s Beijing Academy. It’s small, sequestered campus in a quiet neighborhood with easy access to the entire city. The only other American students on campus are CET’s students, all of whom abide by a Chinese-only language pledge. CET’s students may take advantage of top notch facilities, including comfortable, renovated dormitories and an excellent cafeteria for three daily meals. 

Faculty Bios

Program Director: Yuan Gao
Yuan Gao has been a MMLA Chinese Language Director and Summer Site Manager at Green Mountain College, VT since summer 2009. Gao is the Director of the Asian Studies Program at Peddie School, an independent boarding school in New Jersey, overseeing the integrated language, history and travel signature program with two sister schools in China and India. He is also the Head of Peddie’s Chinese Program that he established when he first joined the school in 1990. An active member of CLTA and CLASS, Gao served on the College Board’s AP Chinese Curriculum and Assessment Committee (CDAC) and is a leading reader for the AP Chinese exam. Gao is the author of “Preparing Students to Narrate Stories Based on Chinese Idioms” in College Board’s AP Chinese publication for professional development. He is a frequent speaker at NCLC and Asia Society’s Confucius Classroom Leaders Forum. Gao earned his bachelor’s degree in French from East China Normal University in Shanghai, China and his master’s in French Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, specializing in nineteenth- and twentieth-century novels and poetry.

Tim Liu: Resident Director
Tim has been working with Middlebury since 2013 as the Assistant Director of the C.V. Starr Middlebury in China: Hangzhou program, but his connection to Middlebury began as a student in 2007. After graduating from Middlebury College in 2011 with joint degree in Psychology and Sociology, Tim received a Fulbright scholarship and moved to China to conduct ethnographic research on Chinese elementary education. For his research, Tim spent 10 months living with a home stay family and completed 10 months of observations in local elementary schools. He then went on to attain a certificate in Chinese Studies from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center before joining the Middlebury School in China team in Hangzhou.

Shuang Gou: Teacher
Shuang began with MMLA in 2010 as a Chinese instructor in Oberlin. In 2012 and 2013, she returned to work for MMLA at Pomona and Beijing respectively. Currently, Shuang is building and teaching in the Chinese program at the Bush School in Seattle, Washington. She is also an academic advisor for a group of ninth and tenth graders, the coordinator for the China Home Stay Program, and an advocate on the Intercultural Affairs Committee at Bush. 

Previously, she had also served as an Assistant Professor of Chinese at the Defense Language Institute, a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and the Chinese Instructor and Mentor Counselor at the Concordia Language Villages. She also taught ESL classes at the Seattle Central Community College and Chengdu University of Information Technology. Shuang holds Bachelor’s degrees in English and Chinese from the Chengdu University and the Renmin University of China respectively. Additionally, she holds a Master’s degree in Foreign Language Education from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Tonglin Xia: Teacher
Tonglin joined MMLA in 2012 as a teacher at Swarthmore College. For more than a decade, Tonglin lived in England, where he created and grew the Chinese-language program in the middle and high school at The American School in London. 

Before Tonglin relocated to west coast, he taught Chinese at Norwood School in suburban Washington, DC. He was an 8th Grade Advisor, volleyball coach, and moderator of the China Club. Curently Tonglin teaches Chinese at Le Lycee Francais de Los Angeles. Alongside his teaching duty, He is involved in relaunching the Chinese program with the school administrators, and is responsible for developing the Chinese curriculum for lower, middle, and upper school for this leading French immersion international school in Los Angeles. Born in Beijing and raised in China, Tonglin has a teacher’s certificate from Xianyang Teachers College, Shaanxi Province, and holds a B.A. from Daito Bunka University in Tokyo.

* Space is limited for the Beijing Academy. Applications should be submitted immediately to be considered for enrollment.

Questions? Call: 888-216-3815


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