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FYI: Belfast English Data, Learning Chinese in China

Author: AM.Henry

FYI Body: 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 ( - the file is called
Belfast.sit (for Mac) or (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:
telephone: 614 262 1701 (h); 614 460-4614 (w)

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