July 5th. It was the first Saturday after the UD-NSLIY delegation arrived at Xiamen. The students still had a busy schedule on the day with many classes and activities.
A typical day of the NSLIY program starts with an E-portfolio activity with the chaperons in the dining hall after breakfast each day. E-portfolio, aka E-journal project, is to help NSLIY participants fully engage in the learning, comprehension and presentation of Chinese language and culture during this six weeks of program. Students are expected to record what they see, hear, do and the people they meet in China, compare, reflect and then share the information with their peers in either newsletter or presentation formats. The first e-portfolio activity was for ten students of the group one and two led by Head Chaperon Mrs. Wei Wang.
Chinese language instruction follows from 9:00 to 11:50 in the morning after the e-portfolio session.
After lunch, from 1:30 to 2:30 pm, it is lecture on Chinese culture time. Today, Dr. Chen introduced to the students “China in Perspective – History and People”.
From 2:40 to 3:20, it’s usually Interest Group sessions. Today the students are learning how to paint bamboos and panda with ink and brush.
From 3:30 to 5:00pm, it’s the Chinese tutoring sessions. Students are divided into three classes and practice Chinese with six tutors from Xiamen University.
This morning, Dr. Chen also held the first meeting with the homestay families. Dr. Chen introduced the NSLIY program to the parents, answers questions and signed contracts with the families. All thirty participants will move into homestay families in two weeks on July 20th.
Photo by Jianjun Huang. Photo courtesy of Xiamen University.