Chinese Academy Says Goodbye
Location: Saint Michael’s College
Students go home!
What the Chinese Academy learned today:
We made it to the end of camp! Thank you to everyone who put in the time and energy to make this experience so amazing. Students have been working so hard and have accomplished so much! Last night was graduation and the last dance with the other Academies. Here are speeches from two students selected to represent the Chinese Academy in their target language.
Hello, with respect to Chen laoshi, Liu laoshi, teachers, RAs, and schoolmates. My name is Natalie. I am a student of Chinese Level 1. When I came to MIL camp, I was a true beginner. During these four weeks of learning, my Chinese language skills have improved tremendously. I like my Chinese class, culture classes, and after class activities. I also enjoyed visiting Middlebury College, going to Burlington, and our trip to Albany.
I want to say thank you to all the teachers, RAs, and schoolmates who have helped me. I especially want to say thanks to my Chinese teacher, Wu Lao Shi. Thank you so much for all of your help. Finally, I hope everyone will enjoy the rest of the summer. Goodbye to all the teachers. Goodbye to all the RAs. Goodbye to schoolmates. I will miss you all. Thank you!
Hello everyone. My name in Justin. First and foremost, congratulations to everyone. I think everyone will agree when I say that these four weeks have been a challenge for everyone. However, what I want to say is that if you are feeling comfortable, then you are not learning. This month we accomplished that by not speaking English, regardless of how much knowledge of Chinese, German, or Arabic we had before coming here. We all exited our “language comfort zone”. Yet, we all survived. When we simply could not express something in our language, we learned different methods of communication to do so, like through charades. Not only did we use these methods with our fellow classmates, we also used them with people that didn’t speak our language.
I also want to congratulate all the Level 1 students. I think they deserve a round of applause. In my eyes, you guys are the most courageous since after signing the Language Pledge®, you had nothing, therefore you worked the hardest.
Although we soon will be heading home, your language journey is not over. I hope that after this program everyone will actively be searching for opportunities to use your language. If there are people speaking, speak to them. If there’s a book or newspaper, read those materials, even if you do not understand everything. Doesn’t that mean you are learning though? Yes, it does! Also, once you realize just how much you can say and understand in Chinese, German, or Arabic, you will be pleasantly surprised.
Once more, congratulations on making it this far! Thank you all and safe travels back home!