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U MN Dept. AMES presents Culture and Language Integration in Chinese and English Program

April 28, 2022 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 4:30 pm on Thursday, repeating until April 28, 2022


Culture and Language Integration in Chinese and English (CLIC)

Spring 2022 Operation

The CLA Language Center and the Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies (AMES) at the University of Minnesota have joined forces to run a Culture and Language Integration in Chinese and English (CLIC) program since 2017. In this program, we organize, coordinate, and conduct FREE weekly 90-minute conversation sessions for American high school students who studied in Chinese immersion schools and international students from China. We organize those two groups of students and turn each group’s native language to the other group’s resource. Participating students greatly enjoy the opportunities to practice and improve their target language with native speakers and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Over the last nine semesters, more than 400 students have benefited from this program.

Minnesota Public Radio learned about this program and reported it on NPR’s Morning Edition. Here is a link to the NPR report:


Eligibility, Session Time, Location, and Contents

This program organizes American high school students who attended Chinese immersion schools for 6-8 years and U of MN students from China, and coordinates weekly 90-minute immersion conversation sessions, with 45 minutes in Chinese, and 45 minutes in English. The purpose is for both groups of students to maintain and improve the proficiency level of their target language. We have developed twenty-two themes, with one theme for each session. On each theme, we have created around ten questions for students to discuss in depth various aspects of the theme. This program has moved online on the Zoom platform since the COVID-19 pandemic started.

Any student who participates in ten (10) or more sessions in one semester is awarded a Certificate of Completion issued by the Dept. of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies and the CLA Language Center at the University of Minnesota.

Please note: In Spring 2022, the conversation sessions in this program will be online. Here is the time and Zoom platform to participate in the conversation sessions:

Time: 4:30-6:00pm every Thursday

Zoom link: https://umn.zoom.us/j/91381220703

Meeting ID: 913 8122 0703

Contact Information: If you have any questions, please contact Coordinator and Instructor, Zhen Zou at [email protected]



April 28, 2022
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm