'你好' from Shanghai!
S14 Groups for CIEE Shanghai Amazing Race
Some winners from the CIEE Shanghai Amazing Race
Students’ Arrival in Shanghai & Orientation Week
On February 23rd, 107 students from 55 universities safely arrived at Shanghai Pudong International Airport, and CIEE staff and Chinese roommates excitedly waited outside the secured area to welcome and escort them to their new home away from home, the East China Normal University campus. From there, students checked in to the residence hall or settled in with their host families. The intensive one-week orientation officially began on Monday, February 24th, and students had the opportunity to become familiarized with the CIEE Study Center, the ECNU campus, academic programs, Chinese language program and the city of Shanghai. During orientation week, students also had ample time to engage in cultural and social events such as welcome dinners with Chinese roommates, host families, and CIEE staff; a faculty showcase and intensive academic introduction to the study center’s curriculum; an introduction to local volunteer opportunities such as migrant school teaching; and an amazing acrobatic performance at the Shanghai Circus World. The week’s activities culminated in CIEE’s own version of the Amazing Race in order for students to become acquainted with some of the city’s most well-known and important landmarks and sites.
Commitment to Maintaining An Optimal Language Environment
Over the years, the CIEE Study Center in Shanghai has continued to make significant efforts to enhance its Chinese language environment. All students will enter a language pledge to speak Chinese at all times in the CIEE buildings and residence halls. On the first day of language classes, all students will sign a commitment to only speak Chinese in designated areas and with CIEE staff, host families, and their Chinese roommates. By upholding the language pledge, CIEE students will not only improve their Chinese language and cross-cultural communication abilities but also improve their overall understanding of Chinese culture and society.
In order to enhance students' exposure to the target language environment, CIEE Shanghai offers a wide range of Chinese Cultural classes and activities for linguistic optimization outside of the classroom. While classes and activities vary each semester, the focus lies in students' ability to learn more about Chinese language, culture, and society in a practical setting.
Margot Pinckney (CGC / Columbia University) learns about Chinese tea etiquette
Students show off their Chinese calligraphy skills
'Old Shanghai' Themed Activity: Visiting the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall
Girl Rising Shanghai Premiere on International Women's Day (8 March)
Students watch the film 'Girl Rising'
A powerful partnership that includes Girl Rising, Intel, USAID, CNN, and CIEE has been collaborating to “change minds, change lives, and change policy” by eliminating the barriers to education for girls in developing nations. Extensive research shows that educated girls live healthier lives, earn more, and help reduce conflict in their communities.
The Girl Rising movement is anchored by the feature film, Girl Rising, which tells the stories of nine courageous girls who have overcome tremendous hardships—gender violence, early marriage, trafficking, bonded labor, gender discrimination—to pursue their dreams of education and a better life. From Afghanistan to Haiti, Ethiopia to India, Nepal to Peru, Girl Rising is the story of perseverance, grit, determination, and positive social change.
Girl Rising is a simple message: educate girls and you will change the world
The CIEE Shanghai premiere of Girl Rising took place in conjuction with International Women's Day this year.
Migrant School Teaching at Jinding
A CIEE student team engaging with Jinding Migrant School students
Each semester, students have the opportunity to volunteer teach English to economically disadvantaged children in the community, to children of migrant laborers whose parents have recently arrived in Shanghai, or working with Chinese children living with cerebral palsy. These activities offer students an opportunity to give back the local community in a meaningful way by helping underprivileged groups improve their oral English and have the opportunity to interact with people from another culture; enabling students to better understand the economic differences within the community; and allowing them to develop their own leadership ability in front of the classroom.
During orientation week, the CIEE Shanghai Study Center invites Stepping Stones, a local organization who works with expatriate and local Chinese volunteers to teach English in Shanghai’s migrant schools and community centers, to give an overview of the migrant situation in Shanghai. Training includes a teaching demo and teaching students effective strategies and techniques for this socioeconomic group, as well as introducing students to some of the differences in Chinese teaching pedagogy and learning styles. Students are provided with copies of the textbook used by the respective schools and agree to a weekly, one-hour commitment.
Understanding China’s Local and Global Position
During students’ time abroad, they will have opportunities to travel outside of Shanghai to neighboring cities and even to other parts of Asia. They will learn about Chinese ethnic minorities, local histories, business, and also engage with local communities through service learning. It will be an exciting and productive learning experience. As we near the first full month of the term, students are preparing to participate in four concurrent weekend trips to Hangzhou, Nanjing, Wuzhen, and Yangzhou.
More to come!