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Meng Lelan

Middlebury Chinese School

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I'm doing the Chinese program this summer, but basically as a beginner. I tried to find a facebook group or something online but there doesn't seem to be one.

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Meng Lelan

Facebook isn't popular at the Middlebury language schools. There was some attempts at Facebook among the masters program in the Chinese School but nobody ever posted there.

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Tomas Tomas

Oh ... well I'll be there this summer, am really looking forward to it.

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Meng Lelan

I thought the first year program was quite good there from what I was observing. Though I got really "meh" looking at the second, third, and fourth year curriculum.

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Tomas Tomas

I see.

I am basically using it to prepare myself for a 2-year study of Mandarin full-time in China.'

I took a semester of Mandarin in law school and lived in Singapore and HK for about 5 years, but my language skills are pretty basic.

I'm finishing the 2 Heisig books before I start Middlebury.... almost done with the second one.

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roddy

Merging - it's best not to have two topics on the one school.

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Meng Lelan

So, the Middlebury summer session has ended for 2013, do we have any updates and thoughts here?

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Crystalavender

I ended up taking Chinese Culture, which is exactly like how you described Chinese Cinema to be like, papers every class and lots of reading. that was a killer. Overall it was a very enjoyable experience, i love middlebury! it's a beautiful place. 3 out of 5 of the teachers for the MA program are new this summer, all very nice and knowledgable.

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Meng Lelan

Glad you liked the program, hopefully you'll write up more later with more details. The only teacher I liked was Cecilia Chang but I see she did not return this summer. Most of the teachers there don't teach every summer.

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Meng Lelan

This is really weird. Today I got in the mail a letter (obviously a mass mailing) from the Middlebury Chinese School asking for monetary donations. Really, I put my money into Chinese School tuition last year and had a bad experience there and now they are asking for donations? Something is not right about this.

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Crystalavender

Cecilia Chang is back this summer!  Meng Lelan, I'm going to take your advise and sign up for her Reading Development in CSL course. :)

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Meng Lelan

That's right she is back this summer. She emailed me a month ago and asked if I would be coming back and I told her I am interning all summer, so no Middlebury. If I could take all three of the summer classes with her at Middlebury I would. And if they would tell the Vermont police not to freak out at Chinese wushu weapons. Be sure to report back here in August. 

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