Friday, October 19, 2018

China Summer Program














Each year, rising 7th and 8th graders get the opportunity to visit China, spending four weeks traveling the country and studying at Nanjing University as part of our China Summer Programme. Parents of students on the trip receive weekly updates about their kids’ behavior, academics, and health from the educator chaperones who accompany them. One of them, 8th grade social studies teacher Mr. Pavone, offers a window into this past summer’s trip.

“The trip was founded with a vision for a full immersion for students in the country,” he said, noting that students relinquish their technology for the duration of their stay in order to boost their openness to the sites, sounds, and people of China. 

The students participate in a rigorous schedule while abroad, participating in study hall daily, practicing their Chinese characters and reviewing them weekly, taking Kung Fu classes weekly, and enrolling in on-level and advanced classes. Students even create presentations and performances. Between all of the academia, though, students travel, explore, and get a taste of the rich cultural heritage China offers.

“We did all the big stuff,” Mr. Pavone said. Students visited numerous sites, including the Terra Cotta Army of Xi’an, the waterfront in central Shanghai, and the Great Wall of China
“Part of the Great Wall of China is actually submerged underwater,” remarked Mr. Pavone, explaining that students got to see a section of the wall that created the Panjiakou Dam, which provides power to the southern cities of Tianjin and Tangshan.
Overall, both Mr. Pavone and students were thrilled to explore a new place, and culture, especially after time studying it from afar. While everyone learned about China, Mr. Pavone also enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about 7th and 8th graders outside the classroom. “They were always hungry,” he said ruefully. “Luckily, restaurants were really willing to work with everyone’s needs, and we ate well.”
We’re so glad our students and faculty get to have this unique educational experience. Your support of Wesley helps makes our Chinese Program and our China Summer Programme possible. Check out our students heading to China in summer 2019!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

PYP Chinese Field Trips




















We had two great Chinese field trips to Emory University & Atlanta Chinese Culture Center. Both trip offered students an authentic opportunity that promotes a better understanding of Chinese culture (Mid Autumn Festival in particular) and real-world connections. Kudos to our students, chaperons and teachers. For more information, please click link here or here.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Announcing our 2019 China Summer Program Participants










We are very excited to announce the student traveling to China this upcoming summer for the 2019 Wesley China Summer Program (CSP). These students have worked hard, and we are looking forward to sharing this incredible experience with them! Congratulations to the 2019 CSP Students!
6th grade
Sophie Antell, Lucas Shelton, Mackenzie Smith, Yveliz Ortiz, Maverick Earle, Elijah Eide, 
7th grade
Eric Harrison, Ayana Ragin, Taraja Samuel, Ellie Nejedly, Emmerson Ingram, Pierce McDaniel, Robert Brown

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

FREE!! Chinese Courses at Georgia State University


















Are you interested in getting to know more about Chinese language? Don't miss out the opportunity offered by Confucius Institute at Georgia State University. CIGSU offers:


- Chinese cafe

- Pinyin and pronunciation class
- Survival Chinese class.  

More information can be found in the flyers above.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

2019 China Summer Program Q&A August 9 l 5:30 pm

Do you have questions about next summer's China Summer Program? Come to an interest meeting next Thursday at 5:30. Mr. Chung will share about the program and answer questions.


Application packages are available in the front office, and they are due by Wednesday, August 22. If you are currently enrolled in the 6th or 7th grade, do not miss this deadline! Please see below for qualifications:
  • Preference will be given to students who passed YCT II or above.  
  • Applicants must currently maintain a passing grade in Chinese with satisfactory conduct. 
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled at Wesley International Academy as a 6th or 7th grader.   
Once a complete package is received, an email will be sent to confirm. A
face-to-face interview with the selection committee will be scheduled during the week of August 27. More details are forthcoming.