Sino-International Student Summer Camp Program

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Inner Mongolia Normal University
Lingua-Cultural Program (Summer Camp)

The purposes of this program include:
Providing international students an in-depth understanding of Chinese culture and an opportunity to experience that culture by living with Chinese students;
Giving Chinese students an in-depth understanding of foreign culture and a total immersion in hearing, comprehending and speaking English;
Giving to both Chinese and international students an introduction to cross-cultural dynamics to help them acquire skills for cross-cultural understanding, form in-depth friendships, and promote mutual respect, understanding, and harmony between our nations.
Both the classroom aspects of the program and the personal interaction that occurs by living and eating together; as well as the exposure to the cultural milieu of the city and surrounding countryside will be designed to foster strong bonds between both groups of students. These ties will help the participants to have experiential knowledge of each other and will help to create commitments to harmonious cooperation between our two nations.
During the period of approximately 3-4weeks, IMNU will receive a delegation of at least 15 international students and 2 staff. IMNU will organize a group of the same number of students along with a director and on-site assistant(s).
Conversational English practice opportunities. International students will actively help Chinese students to develop greater English proficiency by correcting pronunciation, creating times for discussion in the classroom, and through personal interactive time in the living residences.
Preparing and teaching, throughout the duration of the foreign team’s time on campus, weekday morning lessons on Cross-Cultural Dynamics, windows on foreign culture, and everyday life , that will engage both Chinese and foreign students in skills that will help them learn the importance and value of intercultural understanding.
Organizing occasional parties, movie/discussions, and evening social activities.
Keeping afternoons free for spontaneous activity (except for the cultural site visits) and evenings free for roommate interaction (except for social events and parties organized by foreign students and team) and weekends free of planned activity (except for the home visits and bus trips).
IMNU will be responsible for :
Providing comfortable, clean housing close to the classroom, pairing one international student with one Chinese student from IMNU to a room.
Providing three meals per day for international and Chinese students in the program.
Organizing a series of morning classroom presentations that roughly coincide with the same day the foreign presentations are given for the foreign culture lectures. These topics could include historical roots, ethnic roots, values and worldview, political organization of society, significant people and significant historical events, everyday life in China, and understanding Chinese culture. Presentations will be in collaboration with the foreign students assigned to the same topic. Some of these presentations may be assigned to IMNU teachers but this is not necessary. 
Providing 30 minutes of introductory-level "Survival Chinese" language instruction for the international student at the start of each classroom day using Chinese students as teachers.
Organizing 1-2 cultural exposure activities (per week) including tours of museums, temples, historical sites, schools, factories, concerts, hospitals, sporting events, etc. for the whole group.
Organizing a more significant cultural exposure activity on at least two weekends including tours of museums, temples, historical sites, etc. for the whole group (International student & Chinese students and staff).  These trips may be overnight in nature, requiring bus transportation that IMNU would provide.
Arranging for international students to visit the home of their roommate at the end of the first week. If travel distance is too great then those who live closer might invite several to visit their home. Every international student should visit a Chinese home.