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:
8:00am - 8:50am
First Lecture Class
9:00am - 9:50am
Second Lecture Class
10:10am - 11:00am
Third Lecture Class
11:10am - 12:00pm
Fourth Lecture Class
50-80 minute one-on-one tutorial session with a PiB teacher. (Sessions are held during three separate time bands: 2:00-2:50, 3:00-3:50 and 4:00-4:50pm. 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.
2014 Speaker Series
Matt Ferchen (06/30): Understanding the Changing China Model of Development at Home and Abroad
Lanchih Po (07/07): China's Urban Challenges
Helen McCabe (07/14): NGOs and Disability: Reflections on 20 Years of Autism Services in China
Jiebiao Wei (07/21): Teach for China
Megan Steffen (07/28): Overpopulation, Its Effects, and Research in the PRC
Ye Qi (08/04): China's Policy and Actions on Climate Change and Low Carbon Economic Development
2014 Activities and Excursions
Taichi (Weeks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6)
Chinese Calligraphy (Weeks 2 & 3)
Chinese Brush Painting (Weeks 5 & 6)
Great Wall of China (06/28)
Fourth of July Soccer Game, in honor of World Cup (07/04)
Concert at the National Center for the Performing Arts (07/05)
Jingdong Stone Forest Gorge (07/12)
Silver Pagoda Forest (07/26)
Chinese Opera at Liyuan Theater (08/01)
Inter-University Speech Contest (08/03)
Beijing Evening (08/09)
Farewell Banquet (08/15)
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