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Chinese Language and Internship Program (CLI)
Learn To Speak Chinese

World Link Education's unique Chinese Language and Internship Program combines Chinese language studies with practical work experience in a Beijing company. This program is ideal for graduate students or professionals interested in improving their Chinese language skills and gaining work experience in China. The Internship program may also be combined with the Chinese Language and Business program offered by WLE. An elementary level of Mandarin Chinese is required for the Chinese Language and Internship program.

AIM
The Internship component is designed to provide practical experience in a company in Beijing, bridging language immersion with a professional work experience in China. A variety of work placements are offered taking into consideration Chinese language ability, professional background, availability and student preference. The Language component complements the Internship experience, immersing participants in Mandarin through class instruction, after-class tutoring, language exchange with native Mandarin speakers, and optional electives. The language course integrates all aspects of the language: reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar, phonetics, and vocabulary.


FEATURES:

The CLI program consists of two components:

Language Component

  • Total immersion in the Chinese language
  • Small classes averaging 5 to 8 students
  • Different proficiency levels available
  • Language courses
  • Free after-class language tutoring
  • Free electives: language and non-language focused
  • Language Exchange Program with native speakers
  • Free guided tours, excursions, and activities
  • Onsite staff assistance and support

Internship Component

  • Internship in a Beijing company
  • Free pre-internship training
  • Weekly one day language tutoring, language lab and discussion with internship supervisor
  • Stipend
  • Reference letter provided at the end of the internship
  • Business networking events
  • Resume translation
  • Ongoing monitoring and assessment

STRUCTURE


Program Duration Chinese Language
Component
Internship
Component
6 months 3 months 3 months
Academic Year 5 months 5 months
Winter 6 months 10 weeks 12 weeks

Chinese Language Component
This course component is devoted to language and consists of four aspects: 1) core language classes, 2) after-class tutoring, 3) language exchange partner program, and 4) electives. These components are designed to allow participants to progress rapidly and gain fluency in the language. Students are taught valuable information regarding modern day Chinese culture and society which, in turn, helps to improve participants' linguistic and communicative skills.

1) Core Language Classes
Core language classes are offered at Beijing's leading language academic institution, the Academy of Chinese Language Study (ACLS). Core language classes integrate all aspects of Mandarin Chinese including reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar, phonetics and vocabulary. Accelerated teaching methods allow participants at lower proficiency levels to acquire the language skills needed for effective communication in a short period of time, and advanced students to gain expression proficiency at an abstract level. Topics studied include everyday situations, as well as Chinese culture, society, and history. Listening and speaking skills are emphasized to enable participants to attain communicative proficiency.

The Academy has been selected because of its emphasis on accelerated learning, with small classes of 5 to 8 students, and its outstanding language curriculum. This Academy is regarded as the optimal learning environment compared to other language universities in Beijing where classes average 15 to 20 students. The Academy is popular with participants who prefer a smaller class size. Classes are held right next to the WLE Office, Student Room and Residence, allowing easy access to facilities such as free internet and computers for Total Program students. Electives and after-class language tutoring are also held at this convenient location.

2) After-Class Tutoring
A unique feature of WLE's immersion programs is the provision of free after-class tutoring every weekday afternoon for extra language coaching, homework assistance, and conversational practice. Tutoring has proven effective in advancing the progress of linguistic skills. The appointed Language Supervisors are part of World Link Education's academic staff and are highly qualified with years of experience in teaching Chinese to international students. Supervisors also monitor individual students’ progress.

3) Language Exchange Partner Program
Getting to know locals is an integral part of this program. It provides language and cultural interaction between participants and Chinese students, marking the beginning of many lasting friendships. The program provides the perfect opportunity to practice the language and encourages cultural and social exchange. The participants schedule to meet with one another at their convenience.

4) Electives
A range of optional language and non-language focused electives are offered in the afternoons to deepen participants’ knowledge of Chinese culture, history, and art. The number of electives offered varies depending on program duration and may include the following:

Language Focused Electives
- Chinese Character Writing: Classes introduce the radical system, bushou, composition of characters, stroke orders and basic characters.
- Chinese Songs: Learn Chinese songs including traditional folk and current pop songs. Lyrics are written in pinyin (romanized Chinese characters) and hanzi (Chinese character text). Singing is an excellent way to improve language skills and vocabulary.

Non-Language Focused Electives
Traditional Chinese Massage and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chinese Painting, Calligraphy, and Taiji Quan (Taichi)


Internship Component
The Internship component offers students and professionals work experience in China, pre-Internship training, and assistance in incorporating language with basic office skills and Chinese business practices.

1) Pre-Internship Training
A leading specialist in Chinese business culture presents a series of lectures over the duration of one week, offering insights into the practical working culture of a Chinese company or international company operating in China. Topics that are covered include basic business writing skills, answering telephones, and business etiquette.

2) Internship
Students will work for at least 25 hours a week in a local or international company in Beijing and may be placed in one or two companies during the internship time period. Students request an internship placement by preference from one of the following fields: Banking and Finance, Business Development, Education, IT, Marketing and Advertising, Non-Profit, Retail, and Travel and Tourism. Placements are determined by Chinese language level, previous professional background, availability, and student preference. All candidates for this program are evaluated by our Admissions department. Companies will have the right to interview students who are matched by WLE prior to a final placement. Students will be required to complete ongoing evaluation forms pertaining to their work experience placement. At the end of the internship students will receive a reference from the onsite coordinator.

3) Stipend
This unpaid internship may include a stipend paid by the company for travel or lunch purposes during the internship period.


ADDITIONAL FEATURES OF THE CHINA PROGRAM

This unique program aims to immerse participants in the Chinese language, culture and way of life by combining Chinese language classes, tutoring and optional electives with the following free additional total program features.
  • Activities with Native Chinese Speakers
    Activities with Chinese students and native speakers are held throughout the program in order to facilitate the use of Chinese and encourage cultural and social exchange. Activities may include: basketball, bowling nights, karaoke nights, games nights and more, Christmas party.

  • Guided Tours
    Free half day or full day tours are held on weekends to allow students to discover the city's major historical and cultural attractions, including the Great Wall, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Lama Temple, Tian’anmen Square, and the Forbidden City. Admission, transportation and English speaking guides are provided at no extra cost. These tours provide an opportunity for students to deepen their knowledge of China's rich history and cultural heritage. Optional monthly tours to other cities, organized by WLE, are available at an additional cost. For more information click here

  • Social Activities
    A wide range of activities are organized throughout the program including the welcome lunch, Peking Duck feast, bowling night, karaoke, basketball, Chinese movie, and touch rugby. A WLE dinner and social evening is held once a month. The social events and dinners are provided free.


PROFIENCY LEVELS


At least elementary level language proficiency is required for this program. First participants are placed according to the proficiency level they indicate on the application form. At the start of the program all students take a written and oral placement test. Second placements are made according to the results of the placement tests.

  • Elementary (Level B)
Participants attending these classes know more than 800 Chinese expressions, have a grasp of major sentence structures and have learned Chinese grammar systematically. Classes focus on vocabulary building, sentence structures, listening, reading, and speaking skills. Phonetics, tone exercises and drills ensure that participants learn correct pronunciation and intonation.

  • Intermediate (Level C)
Participants attending these classes know more than 1,500 Chinese expressions and understand elementary Chinese grammar. Conversational exercises teach participants to recount articles in a comparatively fluent and complete manner. Participants are able to converse on general topics and express themselves using more complicated sentence structures. Classes focus on increasing the level of grammar and vocabulary with the aim of enabling participants to express themselves functionally in different contexts. Practical situational texts are used to provide a greater awareness of Chinese culture and society.

  • Advanced (Level D)
Participants attending these classes know more than 2,500 Chinese expressions. They can discuss general topics, raise complex questions, and express their opinions clearly using correct intonation. Classes focus on vocabulary building, reading, listening comprehension, and conversation skills. Class work includes reading newspapers and listening to news broadcasts. Participants are taught advanced spoken and written Chinese.

  • Proficient (Level E)
Participants attending these classes know more than 3,500 Chinese expressions. They are able to read and understand some news from newspapers, periodicals, radio broadcasts, and television. They can express themselves systematically using appropriate expressions and language norms. The curriculum includes listening to and commenting on news reports, television and radio broadcasts, and discussions and debates of contemporary issues.

ACCOMMODATION


World Link Education has carefully selected the accommodation options based on security, location and comfort. Accommodation options include: Host Family, Student Residence, Shared or Private Apartments, or a standard three star hotel.

For more information on accommodation, click here

PROGRAM DATES AND FEES


WLE's Chinese Language and Internship Program Fees include Tuition, Internship, Internship placement, Afterclass tuition, Electives and Language Exchange Program Tuition, Accommodation, Airport Pickup, Emergency Travel & Medical Insurance, ISOS Medical membership, Visa support documents, Certificate, Placement test, Orientation and more. Free weekend guided tours, social and sporting activities are included. The WLE Student Lounge provides free Internet access, language lab and library. International and Chinese Program Advisors provide free information and assistance pre-departure and throughout the program. After-Class Language Tutoring, Language Exchange Partners Program and Electives offer further immersion into the Chinese language.

This program is held throughout the year for 6 months up to an Academic Year. Fees vary depending on the Accommodation selected and include all fees and items listed.

For program dates, fees, and application deadline, click here

VISA


Applicants should apply for an F Visa. In most cases visas will be issued for 1, 3 or 6 months regardless of the study duration. If the study duration is not covered by the initial visa approval, an extension will be made by the host institution and WLE on arrival. Furthermore some embassies and consulates may issue an L visa regardless of the purpose for entering China. In these cases the visa can also be converted on arrival. An Invitation Letter and Admission Confirmation are required to obtain a visa. These documents are provided by WLE when enrollment has been completed and Total Program Fees paid.

EMERGENCY TRAVEL AND MEDICAL INSURANCE


For peace of mind, World Link Education's China Total Programs include Emergency Travel and Medical Insurance. StudenCare Insurance covers emergency medical and dental treatment, pro-rata return of program fee in case of curtailment, personal liability and more.

For terms and conditions and further information, click here

INTERNATIONAL SOS MEMBERSHIP


International SOS Membership is included in the Total Program. SOS Membership provides access to medical advice and assistance 24 hours a day by foreign doctors located in SOS Alarm Centers in China, and more. For more information, click here

REQUIREMENTS


Participants must be between the ages of 21 and 45 (for other ages, please contact WLE), have completed high school or an equivalent, and be in good health. For more information please contact WLE or email admission@worldlinkedu.com

APPLICATION


Applications may be sent to the nearest WLE office. See the Calendar for Application and Enrollment deadlines. To fast track the Application, FAX application items to the nearest WLE Office. Then mail application items with 6 passport size photos to the nearest WLE Office.

For How To Apply Guide, click here
For the Application Form, click here

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