HPU Students Enhance Foreign Language Skills During China 'Maymester'

HIGH POINT, N.C., June 6, 2012 – The Mandarin Chinese language was the focus of a recent Global Experience Maymester trip that sent a group of High Point University students to Beijing and other major cities in China. Students were exposed to the language for the first time during the trip, which included taking language classes each morning. They also absorbed the culture and history of the country by visiting sites such as Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall of China, the Temple of Heaven, the produce market of Gaobeidan and more. Judy Danley, an instructor of Chinese at HPU and a native speaker of Mandarin Chinese from Beijing, accompanied students on the trip, along with Dr. Anna Piperato, assistant professor of art history. The university began offering Mandarin Chinese courses in 2007. The use of the language has grown worldwide in recent years and is an important skill for students who are preparing for careers in international business. “Because Mandarin Chinese isn’t spoken in Shanghai, we spent more time in Beijing so that the students could put their language skills to use,” says Piperato. “We took the bullet train to Beijing, and there we experienced thousands of years of Chinese history. Our first stop was Tiananmen Square, and it was quite amazing for us all to realize the extent of censorship in China, from Tiananmen to the present situation with the Dalai Lama to even the ban of Facebook.” The trip was one of four international Maymesters, along with two domestic Maymester trips taken by HPU students this year. At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people.℠ HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. HPU was selected in the 2010-2011 list of “Colleges of Distinction,” as well as one of the top green schools in the country by the Sierra Club. The university offers 44 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and 10 graduate degree programs. It is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at highpoint.edu.  # # #   Roger ClodfelterAssociate Vice President for Communication and Culture336-841-9156; rclodfel@highpoint.edu

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