In honor of International Education Week, NSLI-Y Interactive hosted its first virtual event connecting five NSLI-Y students currently studying Chinese in Taiwan with two Chinese classrooms in the United States.
NSLI-Y Taiwan students gave presentations using their newfound Chinese skills on the topic of “A Day in the Life in Taiwan” for students at Boston Latin School in Boston, MA and the Center for Global Studies at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk, CT.
The students each covered information such as host family life, school life, language learning abroad and at home, Kaohsiung activities, and Taiwanese cuisine. They also shared interesting and authentic video clips from videos they had created, such as the one below, to share visual insight into their experiences.
“A Day in the Life of Elizabeth”
Following the presentations, the American classrooms had a chance to ask their own questions about topics such as study abroad fears, American food in Taiwan, and after school activities. The participants enjoyed the great opportunity to apply their Chinese language skills while making a real-time international connection.
Immediately what you learn in class, you use. It’s constantly making connections and all these great things about the language. -Brendan, NSLI-Y Taiwan, Academic Year 2014-2015