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Summer class in Taiwan for teenager?

Postby spaint » 21 Mar 2012, 13:51

My nephew is probably coming over to stay with me for 4 to 6 weeks over the summer. I'd really like for him to do something constructive, like learn a little Mandarin, take part in a summer camp, that sort of thing. I've been looking at the program offered by Chinese Culture University (http://mlc.sce.pccu.edu.tw/summer-camp/) and I'm wondering if anyone has any feedback on it. I'm pretty concerned about the age groups; my nephew is 14 (obviously within the age groups catered to here) but he's a big lad (6') and I'm worried he'll be in classes with little kids.

Anyone feedback on the program I've mentioned or on alternatives would be great.
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Re: Summer class in Taiwan for teenager?

Postby piwackit » 21 Mar 2012, 21:15

What about Camp Taiwan www.camptaiwan.com.tw ? Previously, the camps were English immersion but they are launching a Mandarin camp this year, aiming for foreign learners I suppose. My son has attended their winter camp and had a great time. He enjoyed it so much he has asked to return again this summer.
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Re: Summer class in Taiwan for teenager?

Postby adefilippo » 01 May 2012, 01:24

Likewise.

Does anyone know of summer camps / immersion classes for younger kids:
- 2.5 yrs
- 4.5 yrs (almost 5)

We speak chinese at home but are looking to have a more immersive experience for the kids for the summer.

Thanks!
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Re: Summer class in Taiwan for teenager?

Postby sunberry » 16 May 2012, 11:45

OCAC organizes a lot of youth camps that include culture and Mandarin classes. (aimed at younger age groups, you can look into that)

I also had attended the Tzu Chi University Summer Mandarin Language Camp when I was 18, the age group is from about 13 to 24 and it included culture classes (Chinese calligraphy and painting, flower arranging, Chinese music), sports classes and Mandarin classes based on the level. I think you have to know someone in the Tzu Chi foundation to send a child though, because they don't accept just anyone.

The Mandarin Daily News also has a language training center that aims at children. http://study.mdnkids.com/news_e.asp

As a 22-year-old who just moved back to Taiwan, I can speak and understand Chinese, but my reading and writing are in a low level, so I will be attending National Taiwan Normal University Mandarin Language Training Center (國立台灣師範大學國語教學中心) http://140.122.110.12/mtcweb/index.php?lang=en which accepts different age groups, but I think they focus on teenagers to college graduates, not sure about kids.
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