Windows to China: Students' Study Abroad Experiences
By Yi Zheng
Summer is a time when students seek opportunities to connect their classroom learning to real-life experiences. In the summer of 2014, many students from Asia Society’s Confucius Classrooms Network traveled to China through various study abroad programs. They immersed themselves in Chinese culture, practiced their Chinese language skills, and explored ways of connecting their school-year studies to their experiences away from home.
(Students from the Peninsula School District in Washington State)
As Heidi Steele, the Chinese language teacher at Gig Harbor High School
, points out: “The purpose of the short summer exchange is to take the focus off of academics and run the program with a focus on culture and relationships.” Students learn valuable lessons about how to navigate a culture that seems different from their own and manage to make it a part of their lives.
to hear from the students themselves—Lisa He Wu, a junior at Central High School
in Philadelphia, students from the Peninsula School District
in Washington State, and Judy Fordjuoh, a junior at Medgar Evers College Preparatory School
in Brooklyn—for their very unique observations and personal discoveries.