UD NSLIY Participant Wrote about Her Homestay Experience

By Anna Rempe

July 26, 2015

After a week in homestay, I have become accustomed to my family’s routine. When I joined this program, I assumed that I would only have one sibling, but I soon discovered that I had been lucky enough to join a family that had two adorable (evidence below) girls! The eldest has a lot of patience with my inability to understand her a good portion of the time. My host parents have been unbelievably kind. I am sure feeding a vegetarian has not been the most convenient for them, but they have excelled at preparing dishes.

At first, awkward lulls in conversation occurred frequently: I did not know what to say or what to ask – even if I could use English. However, conversation has become less awkward, excluding the times when I cannot understand what they say, and we have had many interesting discussions. They told me of their interest in moving to California and asked many questions about America and American schools. Although I certainly spoke in choppy sentences with horrendous grammar, they understood my meaning. This has forced me to think of creative ways to explain what I do not understand which has undoubtedly improved my Charade skills. On the way to school, I often ask my dad how to say something I see. After saying the Chinese word, he asks me how to say it in English. Together we have improved our vocabulary.

While I frequently talked to my parents and older sister, the younger sister took a while to warm up to me. Although she frequently talked with her sister, she rarely spoke directly to me. However, one day while beginning my homework in my bedroom, my youngest sister peeked around the corner into my room. She hesitated outside, until I told her to come sit on my bed. She seemed upset, but would not explain why. I asked her if she wanted to hear some of the Chinese story I had to read for homework. After a while, she still seemed upset, so I asked her if she wished to draw. A few stars in she returned to her cheerful self and proceeded to introduce me to her many stuffed animals – one featured in the picture above. Later, she showed me a card she had received for her birthday. I think we bonded over our ability to read the characters for happy birthday, and inability to read the rest of the card.

Although I learned in the most uncomfortable way the meaning of 蚊子 wen2 zi (mosquito), I truly wish I could stay in this home longer.

UD NSLIY Participants Moved into Host Families

Homestay is an important component of the UD NSLIY Summer Institute. The two-week homestay (July 20-August 6) helps students experience the everyday life of ordinary Chinese people on first-hand basis. Located within a 10-20 minutes distance from Xiamen University, the host families were carefully selected and screened. The cross-cultural experience features, among others, “at-home Chinese tutoring”, interactive cultural activities, “cultural chats”, “a bite of Chinese food culture”, “meeting with people in the neighborhood”, etc. “It’s indeed an excellent activity,” student Samara Schuman was quoted as saying.

UD NSLIY Highlights: Warriors of Lion Dance

Lion Dance is a traditional folk dance in Chinese culture. Often performed on holidays, it adds festivity and joyfulness to cultural events. In partnership with Lion Dance Club of Xiamen University, on July 24 UD NSLIY organized a special workshop for the students to learn how to dance. Curious yet enthusiastic about this important aspect of Chinese folk performing arts, all the students fully engaged in the one-hour workshop, learning how to jump gracefully and keep a rhythmic movement. Difficult though Lion Dance is, our students proved to be quick learners and were able to perform some basic dance patterns, winning applaud from the audience.


Upcoming: 2015 Washington Taiji (Tai Chi) Festival and Forum April 24-25

tian-2014-taijifestivalJoining several local organizations and fan clubs in the Washington metropolitan area, the CIUD presents the 4th Washington Taiji (Tai Chi) Festival (太极节)and the Washington Taiji Forum (太极论坛). Join us if you are Tai Chi practitioner or enthusiast. The event is open free to the public. FREE REGISTRATION CLICK HERE.

Taiji Festival 太极节: Saturday, April 25, 2015
Location: Carderock Recreation Shelter, C&O Canal National Park, Potomac, Maryland 20854
One mile west to the American Legion Bridge of the Capital Beltway (I-495, Exit 41) and between Clara Barton Parkway and the Potomac River.

10:00 -11:45: Daily Taiji Routines 相约练太极
11:45-13:00: Picnic 太极拳友共野餐(Lunch $10 each, 午餐10 元一份)
13:00 – 13:30: VIP Greetings 贵宾讲话
13:30 – 18:00: Taiji Performances 太极表演(名家风范百花齐放)

taijifan-2014Taiji Forum 太极论坛: Sunday, April 26, 2015
Location: The Auditorium of the Council Office Building (COB), 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, Maryland 20850


9:00 – 9:30 Review and Plan for 2016 WTFF 总结2015,展望2016 Free Breakfast 免费早餐
9:30 – 12:00 1st Session 论坛上半场
12:00-13:00 Lunch Break 午餐(Lunch $8 or less each, 午餐一份不超过8 元)
13:00 – 15:45 2nd Session 论坛下半场
15:45 – 16:00: Closing Remarks 闭幕致辞


Rescheduled: China Forum Lecture about Kung Fu and Confucianism on April 20, 2015

The following event is RESCHEDULED to April 20, 2015.

The Confucius Institute cordially invites you to a new “China Forum” lecture on Tuesday, April 20, 2015 on UD campus.

Professor Peimin Ni, former President of the Association of Chinese Philosophers in America and the Society of Asian and Comparative Philosophy, and Editor-in-Chief of the ACPA book series on Chinese and Comparative Philosophy, will talk about “A Gongfu Interpretation of Confucianism and Its Significance Beyond“.

ni-book-coverPeimin Ni is Professor of Philosophy at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. He was a graduate from Fudan University in China and received his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. In addition to be the author of seven books, including On Confucius, On Reid, Confucius—Making the Way Great, and a forthcoming book, Understanding the Analects of Confucius: A New Translation of the Lunyu with Annotations, he published over 60 articles in academic journals, books, and public media. His New York Times articles “Kung Fu for Philosophers” and “Philosophers for Kung Fu” (Dec. 2010) marked his signature contribution to the study of Chinese philosophy and philosophy proper. He is a former President of the Association of Chinese Philosophers in America and the Society of Asian and Comparative Philosophy, and Editor-in-Chief of the ACPA book series on Chinese and Comparative Philosophy. He served as a visiting professor at the University of Hawaii and the University of Hong Kong, and was invited to be a keynote speaker at World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations” and several other international conferences.

Please mark your calendar for this lecture:

Date: Monday April 20, 2015
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Location: Kirkbride Hall (KRB) 205
Direction and parking info for Kirkbride Hall: http://maps.rdms.udel.edu/map/index.php?id=NW65

Light refreshments and beverages will be provided after the event. The event is open to the public for FREE.

Chinese Bridge Summer Camp application deadline extended to March 11, 2015.

2015 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp Flyer-extendedThe application deadline for the 2015 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp is extended to next Wednesday March 11, 2015. Please make sure you submit your application to the CI office before the due date. Applications are accepted via either email at confucius@udel.edu (scanned copies) or regular mail to the Confucius Institute at the University of Delaware, 121 E Delaware Ave, Newark, DE 19711.

Application information see HERE.

Questions please call (302)831-7190/7188.

Teaching Chinese Through TPRS Workshop on March 21-22, 2015

TPRS-POSTERAre you currently a Chinese teacher? Or do you want to become one? The Confucius Institute at the University of Delaware and the Delaware Chinese Teachers Association (DECTA) present a Chinese Language Pedagogy Training Workshop, featuring “Teaching Chinese Through TPRS” with Dr. Terry Waltz.

Dr. Waltz has specialized in TPRS and Comprehensible Input-based instruction for Mandarin Chinese since 2000, and is the leading Mandarin Chinese TPRS specialist presenter in the US today. She serves as the TPRS Lead Teacher and Trainer at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa’s STARTALK program. Dr. Waltz is the author numerous TPRS-friendly 1st and 2nd year level-appropriate Chinese readers, including the Zhongwen Bu Mafan! Textbook. She is the originator of directional semantic/tonal gestures, the TOP system of tonal spelling, and the Cold Character Reading approach to Chinese literacy for CSL/CFL learners. Dr. Waltz holds a Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education and dual MA degrees in Chinese Linguistics and Mandarin/English Conference Interpretation.

Dates: March 21-22, 2015
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Purnell Hall 116 on the University of Delaware Campus
Direction and parking instruction to Purnell Hall can be found here.

The workshop is open to the University of Delaware students and employees and DECTA member for FREE and $20 per person for other parties. Workshop certificate will be issued. Seats are limited. Register now below.

Chinese Corner and Chinese Movie Club at the CI

The Confucius Institute is proud to announce two programs to the general public for anyone who is interested in learning Chinese language through conversation or Chinese culture in movies : a weekly Chinese Corner and a bi-weekly Chinese Movie Club.

chinesecornerThe Chinese Corner program mainly focuses on conversations. It was first launched in January 2014 and just held its 35th session on the past Monday Feb. 23rd, 2015. The CI has decided to expand the program to more UD and community Chinese learners. Each session lasts about an hour and has either a topic, or a sentence structure, or a story-telling assignment for the participants to practice. Some examples of past topics include weather, directions, seasons, colors, geography, the word “了(le)”, “谁(who)”, “什么(what)”, “怎样(How)” and etc. We try to arrange individual Chinese native speakers as language partners for the participants. The current language partner and participant ratio is 1:2.

Chinese Corner program takes place on every MONDAY between 5:00 and 6:00 pm in the Confucius Institute Conference Room at 121 E Delaware Avenue. The next evetn day is Monday March 2. Space limit: 15 people.

screening-clipart-movie-clip-art-3The Chinese Movie Night program focuses on contemporary  Chinese culture through motion pictures (movies or documentaries).  Each session lasts about two hours with a brief background introduction at the beginning and a a discussion session after the movie. Example of choices of movies to be shown include many less popular in the western market but influential ones in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong or the east Asia such as Ang Lee’s 1993 movie “The Wedding Banquet, Xiaogang Feng’s 2001 movie “Big Shot’s Funeral”。

Chinese Movie Club program takes place on every other WEDNESDAY from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in the Confucius Institute Conference Room at 121 E Delaware Avenue. The next event day is Wednesday Feb 25th. Space limit: 15 people.

Both programs are open FREE to the community. Since space is limited, registration at least two days prior to the event day is REQUIRED. Please direct all regitration to Mr. Ji Wu at wuji@udel.edu.

Celebrate the Year of Goat with the Confucius Institute

goatThe Confucius Institute and the Chinese Students and Scholars Association invite the University of Delaware campus community and the public to a special celebration of the Chinese New Year — the Year of the Goat (or Sheep) — on Sunday, February 22, in Mitchell Hall on UD’s Newark campus.

This year, the Chinese New Year fell on Thursday, February 19th, to start the Year of Goat in the Chinese zodiac.

On Sunday, starting from 6:30 p.m., an evening of traditional and modern Chinese New Year festivities will be presented in Mitchell Hall.

Tickets available online starting 12pm on Monday Feb. 16th, 2015 at http://udcssasf2015.eventbrite.com. Prices vary at $20, $15, $10 and $5 per person. Online booking processing fee may apply.  Limited tickets are also available at the door.

The Confucius Institute is organizing several events in collaboration with campus and local schools and communities during the Chinese New Year month to celebrate the biggest traditional festival this year.

Co-organizing with the Delaware Chinese American Association, the community Chinese Spring Festival Gala with be held on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 2-4 p.m. at John Dickinson High School. The event is free and open to public.

Co-organizing with the Delaware State University, the Greater Dover Chinese New Year Gala will be held on Sunday Feb. 22 from 2-4:30 p.m. at EH Theater at DSU.

More information please call 302-831-7188 or 7190.

2015 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for American High School Students Now Is Open for Application

Looking for something cool and special this summer? Visit China and explore the different but exciting language and culture!

1The 2015 “Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for American High School Students” now is open to all 9th to 12th graders in the DE/PA/MD tri-state area for application. The summer camp is sponsored by Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters in cooperation with the Confucius Institute at the University of Delaware for high school students to experience Chinese language and culture in China in the summer of 2015.

Camp Dates: July 16th to July 31th, 2015 (tentative)

Camp Destination Cities: Beijing and another city (your choice about either Chinese history, ethnic minorities, folk arts or martial arts)


Students shall meet the following qualifications:

(1) U.S. Citizenship;
(2) Aged between 14 and 18 and enrolled in grades 9 to 12;
(3) Chinese is not the first language and has less than 3 years of Chinese learning experience;
(4) Excellent academic record, and is interested in Chinese language and culture;
(5) Physically capable of and healthy enough for international travel.

Chaperones shall meet the following qualifications:

(1) K‐12 teaching experiences, preference will be given to Chinese language teachers;
(2) A wealth of student management experience;
(3) Have a good knowledge of Chinese culture and current conditions;
(4) Love teaching; responsible and compatible;
(5) Outstanding communication skills and adaptive capacity;
(6) Physically capable of and healthy enough for international travel.

Ratio of chaperons and students is 1:10.


Students and chaperone teachers are responsible for the costs of 1) round-trip international airfare, 2) international travel insurance and 2) Chinese visa fee. The Confucius Institute Headquarter will assume all other costs for accommodations, local transportation, and group activities and sightseeing for students and chaperone teachers during their stay in China.

HOW TO APPLY: Qualified applicants shall submit their application form (see below), a personal application letter and a recommendation letter from schools or teachers (Chaperones should also submit their resumes) to the Confucius Institute at the University of Delaware via email at confucius@udel.edu or mail to: The Confucius Institute at the University of Delaware, 121 E Delaware Ave, Newark, DE 19711.

Application Deadline: March 6, 2014

For more details click here:
2015 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp Announcement – UDCI (PDF)

Forms Download:
Application Form (Chaperone)
Application Form (Student)

If you have any question, please contact us at (302)831-7190/7188 or send email to confucius@udel.edu.


2015 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for American High School Students is sponsored by Hanban (Headquarters of Confucius Institute) and coordinated by the Confucius Institute at the University of Delaware.