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American high school students studying in China face such a rigorous program that some refer to it as being ‘like a prison’

4 months ago
Lucas Niewenhuis
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he students, all recipients of the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship, describe an intense daily regimen of Chinese language and culture classes from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., plus an additional required two study hours from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. One participant concluded this at the end of her experience: "Language learning, especially through immersion, is an arduous process. While on program, I often felt that I was not progressing much day by day. Looking back on the experience as a whole, however, shows me that a lot was accomplished between my dumpling disaster in Chengdu and this conversation at the bus stop."
By Lucas Niewenhuis
Lucas Niewenhuis is an associate editor at SupChina who helps curate daily news and produce the publication's newsletter, app and website.
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