A Day in the Life of a PiB Student
PiB is split into two terms of four weeks each. Each of these terms is equivalent to a semester of college Chinese, making the program in its entirety equal to a year of college Chinese. Classes are held five days a week for four hours each day. Fifty-to-sixty minute individual sessions are held in the afternoons Monday through Thursday, and office hours are held for two hours each evening from Sunday through Thursday.
Chinese Tables with a teacher and 1-2 other classmates are offered twice a week during lunch or dinner time, scheduled between you and your teachers. Optional lectures, performances, excursions and extracurricular activities are scheduled throughout the program. Optional day trips to various historical/cultural sites outside of Beijing will be planned for most weekends.
A typical schedule is as follows:
7:30am - 8:20am
First Lecture Class
8:30am - 9:20am
Second Lecture Class
9:40am - 10:30am
First Drill Class
10:40am - 11:30am
Second Drill Class
50-60 minute one-on-one tutorial session with a PiB teacher. (Sessions are held during three separate time bands: 1:30-2:20, 2:20-3:10 and 3:15-4:05. Students' individual session times will vary week by week).
8:00pm - 10:00pm Office Hours. Teachers will be available to answer questions about the day's lesson or homework, and to provide extra practice/help if needed.
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