"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more
FYI: Belfast English Data, Learning Chinese in China
A set of adult and child data in Belfast English, containing (orthographical) transcriptions of around 130 hours' of speech, is now available on the CHILDES database. We are posting details here as, in addition to child data, this also contains numerous adult- adult conversations which may be of interest to those working on syntax, dialects of English, or discourse. The data, collected as part of an ESRC funded research project, is available to download from CHILDES (http://childes..psy.cmu.edu) - the file is called Belfast.sit (for Mac) or Belfast.zip (for Windows) Alison Henry, John Wilson, Cathy Finlay & Sile Harrington
Hainan University in China is accepting applicants for the Program of Teaching Chinese as Second Language starting January 2000. The followings provide an outline of the Program.
1, Schedule: Since Chinese universities will start its new year break at the end of January, foreign students have two options according to their own schedules.
Option A: Students arrive in Haines before January 4 and the class will starts from January 5 for 3 weeks. At the end of the 3 weeks learning, students will be examined to be placed in the right classes according to their levels. Then students will travel for 3 weeks inside China. The Spring semester will start in the beginning of March, last 20 weeks and end at middle of July; Option B: Students arrive in Haines at the beginning of March and start the semester, also end at the middle of July. The travel will be arranged after the semester is over.
The travel will depend on individual need/interests and the Office of Foreign Affairs will coordinate students to their interests and try to reduce the cost as much as possible.
2, Class curriculum: * Teaching: 16 hours/week. (Listening, spoken, reading, writing) * Tutoring: 6 hours/week * Students will learn Chinese calligraphy, painting, Martial art, Qigong after class or between classes according to students interests. * Each student will be able to have one Chinese studen as spoken language fellow.
3, Cost (in US$):
1 semester (19-20 weeks) $1,000 Tuition 1 year (2 semesters) $1,900 (For Option A student, add $50/week)
Housing (private bath, air, color TV, local telephone included) $5.00/day, a room shared by 2 students. $7.50/day, one person/room
Food (estimated) $60/month
Application fee $30
Interested individuals please contact the representative in US to obtain university brochure and/or other information:
Lianqing Wang, Ph. D., Associate Professor of Chinese Hainan University c/o E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org telephone: 614 262 1701 (h); 614 460-4614 (w)