Irions to China for Immersion Program

Ph.D. student Amanda Irions has been selected by the University of Maryland's Graduate School to represent the University of Maryland at the National Central University of Taiwan (NCU) annual China Immersion Program in Chinese language and culture. The intensive summer program, this year, will run August 11-29, 2014. NCU offers tuition remission to three UMD graduate students and the Graduate School covers travel to/from Taiwan.

This program affords Irions the opportunity to develop basic and advanced communication skills for the learner whose native language is not Chinese.  The curriculum includes listening, speaking, reading, writing, and field trips for the participants to learn about Taiwanese culture where students can practice what they have learned in the real world. Professional teachers are native Chinese speakers. They are able to motivate students in the process of learning.  After several weeks’ intensive Chinese language training, students will enhance their oral and aural skills, become more confident in communicating with native speakers, and become more familiar with Taiwanese culture.

Irions will join with two other UM students on the trip--from Linguistics and Government & Politics. The nomination and selection process for this program was characterized by Graduate School Dean Charles Caramello as "very competitive."

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