NSLI-Y Russia 2017 – Week 6

It’s our final week in Moscow and our final week to visit those museums and galleries that we’d thus far missed, to hang out with conversational partners, and to soak up as much language as one can before returning to

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NSLI-Y China 2017 Week 6

Students had their last Taijiquan class on Monday afternoon. In six classes, they’ve learned an entire sequence of moves. They performed in pairs on the final day: On the last day of class, students completed brief written and oral tests

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NSLI-Y Russia 2017 – Week 5

This week Hillary celebrated her birthday with her host family. Happy Birthday, Hillary! This weekend we braved sudden showers to visit the Moscow Circus. The lights, sounds, and costumes were reminiscent of that 80’s classic movie Tron, including a set change

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NSLI-Y China 2017 Week 5

The highlight of this week was our afternoon cultural outing to a teahouse for an introduction to Chinese tea culture. After a short tour around the teahouse, students sat down for an introductory lecture on Chinese tea: Following this, students

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NSLI-Y Russia 2017 – Week 4

This Saturday we ventured outside of town to a summer school in the woods north of Moscow. Here Russian teens come for a week of language and theater classes. They were happy to meet our students and gave them a

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NSLI-Y China 2017 Week 4

On Tuesday afternoon, students were free to do as they pleased. One group of students choose to spend their afternoon visiting the Daxingshan Temple: Afterward they tasted tea at a nearby shop and chatted with the proprieters: On Wednesday, we

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NSLI-Y Russia 2017 – Week 3

On Saturday we continued our exploration of Moscow with an excursion inside the Kremlin. One of the main attractions inside the Kremlin is the Cathedral Square. We got to see inside the Dormition Cathedral, the interior walls of which are

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NSLI-Y China 2017 Week 3

About half the photos below come from students. They sent me many, and I’m only posting a selection here. As always, ask them directly for more! The highlight from the week was our visit to the Xi’an city wall on

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NSLI-Y Week 2 Russian 2017

Over the weekend students had the opportunity to visit a local school with a focus on incorporating technology in the classroom. The visit started with snacks and a trust building exercise that definitely required a lot of trust. Students contributed

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NSLI-Y China 2017 Week 2

Students just finished their second week of class, and have made astounding progress with their Mandarin and cultural knowledge. But first, let me start this week’s blog with a photo from our first day in China that didn’t quite make

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