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: 888-216-0135

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.

Danmei Wu: Teacher
Ms. Wu is a licensed experienced and mentor Chinese teacher in Medgar Evers College Preparatory school in NYC Department of Education. Wu holds a M.A in Chinese Applied Linguistics from East China Normal University, China and a M.A in Education from Touro College, NY. Wu was honorably awarded the top 15 Excellent Chinese Creative Model Lessons by China Hanban in 2010 International Chinese Best Lessons Competition Event. She also received MECPS 2011 Excellence in Education Award. Wu was Assistant Principal at Huaxia Chinese School in NY. Her prior educational experience included 15 years of teaching and serving as Academic Dean at Fujian Technical College in China. She was a member of the committee working on the Chinese Curriculum with NYC ALBETAC and was a Judge of Chinese Bridge for College Students Chinese Proficiency Competition Event in 2010. She was selected as a writer for NYC Chinese Region Exam from 2011 to 2014 and has been presenting in ACTFL, NYC and China. Ms. Wu has been with MMLA for six summers as a Chinese Teacher. Her interests include teaching Chinese through Chinese Modern Literature and Culture Awareness of Chinese Music, Songs, Dances, Taiji, Gong Fu and Arts & Crafts.

Jie Lin: Teacher
Jie Lin is a certified, dedicated and enthusiastic educator with a passionate commitment to student development and meaningful learning experiences. She is a master teacher at the Chinese Center at Long Island Chinese School, West Hempstead, New York. She also teaches at Yung Wing School, P.S. 124, New York City. As an active member of the Chinese Language Teachers Association of Greater New York, Lin served as a College Board AP Chinese Exam Reader. Lin earned her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at City University of New York, and is currently working toward her Master of Science in Instructional Technology at Touro College. She also held Advanced Certificates in Teaching Chinese from Nanjing University, China.

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

Questions? Call: 888-216-0135

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