Let your child say “Nĭ hăo” to Mandarin Chinese this summer at the University of Houston-Clear Lake Kids U language camp Making Friends with Mandarin Chinese.

The camp allows children to have fun while learning a new language through games and activities. Sessions will be held 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. July 7-10 and July 14-17 in the university’s Arbor Building, room 1310.

Campers will work closely with their instructor to learn the alphabet, tone and pronunciation, greetings, playful words and how to order in a Chinese restaurant.

The camp is designed for children who have completed kindergarten through the fifth grade. The registration fee is $129 per child. For information, visit kidsu.uhcl.edu

Fall tutoring sessions for children now registering 

Registration is open for UHCL’s School of Education’s fall reading, writing and study skills tutoring sessions. The one-on-one sessions are designed for children who are reading at least one, but no more than three, grade levels below their actual grade. Two sessions are being offered — 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays from Sept. 15 to Nov. 3 and 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays Sept. 16 to Nov. 4.

The tutoring sessions will include diagnostic assessments to determine strengths and needs, a plan of action to increase students’ skills, student progress meetings, a final conference and a final progress report. Tutoring is administered by highly qualified School of Education students and supervised by university faculty.

All sessions will be in the university’s Arbor Central Building, Room 1300.01. The cost for each session is $300 per child.

For information or to register, visit the UHCL Center for Educational Programs website, cep.uhcl.edu, call 281-283-3530 or email Joyce Young, YoungJ@uhcl.edu.

University closed July 4

UHCL will be closed July 4 in observance of Independence Day. No classes will meet, and all offices, including UHCL’s Alfred R. Neumann Library, will be closed. The library will be open 1-5 p.m. July 5.

For information about the university, visit www.uhcl.edu. For any emergencies during the holiday, call the UHCL Police Department, 281-283-2222.

Inside UHCL is compiled by the communications department at the University of Houston Clear Lake.

(1) comment

Gene Chang

The Summer immersion programs are great venues to learn a foreign language!

Indeed, one can learn Mandarin Chinese very fast, especially when they are having fun learning. One thing they should be doing is watching Mandarin Chinese dubbed movies, such as “Toy Story”, “Cars”, “The Incredibles”, or even “Home Alone”, “High School Musical”, “National Treasure”, which provides more relevant practical daily life vocabularies.

Google keywords “Chinese dubbed movies”, and you should find some of these very good Mandarin Chinese dubbed (American) movies mentioned above, even “Gone With The Wind”, “Casablanca”, “Titanic”, “Roman Holiday”, etc, all in Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles.

The best time to watch these movies is during summer recess, and you will be amazed to see how much you can improve after watching these Mandarin Chinese dubbed movies!

Also, there is radio programming in pod cast form that people can listen to. There is a section in “Voice of America” Mandarin Chinese programming which are mostly on American daily life which most people are familiar with. Some examples are like American culture, American presidents, famous American people and places, Christmas & Thanksgiving holidays, etc. If you are in advanced Mandarin Chinese program, even radio programming on US and World politics. People can learn very quickly since these are things happening around us.

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