Living/Learning Center Programs
The Chinese House was first established in the fall semester
of 1998.† It provides a living and
learning place to students who are interested in various aspects of the
Chinese culture as well as to those who are learning the Chinese language.† It is also the place where students can come
together after classes to organize and participate in extracurricular
activities that would enrich their experiences with Chinese culture and
reinforce their Chinese language learning with the assistance of
Chinese language faculty at UVM and visiting scholars from
Chinese culture is the only culture that has continued without any interruption in the human history.† China has a history of five thousand years recorded in the Chinese language, and this recorded history offers a wealth of knowledge in almost any field, such as philosophy, medicine, arts, architecture, law, government, mathematics, agriculture, astronomy, military, cuisine, martial arts.† All of these await our students to explore and utilize in their life and make contributions to the society. Many students have the interest in getting to know Chinese culture, and the Chinese cultural activities organized by the Chinese House Program in the past have provided UVM students the opportunities to learn and experience Chinese culture.
In addition, the Chinese language is the language spoken by the most of the people on the earth, and many students are curious about this language which is very different from English and other European languages. Unlike English and other European languages, Chinese is a non-alphabetic and tonal language. Chinese characters and tones perhaps present the biggest challenge to any student who decides to learn Chinese.† Formal classroom instruction is far from enough for students to acquire the Chinese language skills.† The opportunities to interact with others in Chinese and to be exposed to Chinese speaking situations and environments are necessary.† The Chinese House Program will try to provide such opportunities.
Last but not the least, China is the largest developing country that has enjoyed the fastest economic development.† It has the potential of becoming the largest market for the United States.† More and more students realize that having a good knowledge of Chinese culture and being able to speak Chinese would open themselves up to a lot of good career opportunities.† The Chinese House Program will help students to get ready for these opportunities.
To promote UVM studentsí understanding of the various aspects of Chinese culture.
1) †Invite teachers and students who have just come back from China to talk about their experiences in China and show their photos and slides taken of China.
2) Invite Chinese visiting scholars or native Chinese students to introduce China.
3) Celebrate Chinese holidays, such as the spring festival (Chinese New Year) and the moon festival.
4) Hold Chinese sing-along parties during which students can sing along or learn to sing Chinese songs.
5) Have Chinese potluck parties and demonstrate how to cook Chinese dishes and food.
6) Introduce Chinese games such as Chinese chess, card games, and majiang.
7) Organize excursions to China Town in nearby cities.
8) Show newly released Chinese movies.
9) Show Chinese TV programs in both Chinese and English.
10) Hold Ping-Pong tournaments.
(In Fall Semester)
Chinese Folk Songs
††††††††††††††††††††††† Chinese Qigong
Chinese Martial Arts
††††††††††† Chinese Tea
(In Spring Semester)
Chinese Music Instruments
Studying and Living in China
Chinese Minority Nationalities
To enhance and reinforce studentsí experiences of learning and using the Chinese language after class.
To prepare students for their possible future study and career related to China.