ACC Is Awarded a Four-year Grant from the Department of Education

 Associated Colleges in China (ACC) has been awarded a four-year GPA grant from the Department of Education. Associated Colleges in China is a study abroad consortia with member schools of Hamilton College, Oberlin College, Lawrence University, and Williams College. The proposed project, the ACC Intensive Language Training Program for Students and Language Professionals, has three components. It will create 12 new full-year scholarships, enabling more students to join the ACC's existing advanced language and culture study aboard program; provide 16  fellowships for ACC's field studies program for advanced speakers; and establish a new summer Chinese language teachers' institute for 10 K-12 teachers whose native language is not Chinese.

 ACC’s intensive year-long Chinese language and culture program has been in existence for more than a decade, graduating over 1200 students with advanced Chinese language proficiency from more than 50 universities and colleges in the US. With the generous grant, ACC will be able to offer full year fellowships to provide much needed financial relief to talented and motivated students who simply don't have the resources to enroll in the program.

 The field studies program enables students who have already completed a term or more of study in China to participate in a language-intensive and experience-based language and cultural internship in rural China for eight weeks during the summer. The goal for the field studies initiative is to make it possible for students to gain first hand experience in rural China and retain and expand upon what they learned during their initial study abroad experiences. 

 ACC is particularly excited about establishing the new program for K-12 teachers. To respond to a serious shortage of Chinese language teachers at K-12 levels, many colleges and universities are beginning to offer teacher training programs for Chinese language. However, Jin pointed out that many of these programs target native Chinese speakers and focus training only on pedagogy and materials development. 

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