Girl with Freckles-By Xie Kai Jun

A current Grade 11 student from EMHS who enjoys charcoal drawing in his spare time. We cherish students’ talents and encourage them to pursue their dreams.

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PIC 2016,Chiang Mai

MPCers gathered in Chiang Mai, Thailand for their annual Professional Improvement Conference from February 12-18. Each year during Spring Festival, MPC teachers, administrators and friends enjoy the sunshine and warmth while worshipping and learning together. Counselor and author David Augsburger from southern California provided inspiration each morning while various teachers shared ideas on teaching, language learning and crossing cultures. A highlight was a visit to the Institute of Religion, Culture and Peace at Payap University where former MCC Asia Regional Director Joe Manickam is now the director. Of course good food provided the foundation for great conversation and fun times. 

Welcome to the New MPC Website

Because the focus of MPC’s work is in China, we have published a new website hosted in China, making it more accessible for our many Chinese partners and friends. It is bi-lingual and will reflect our current activities, programs and partners. The site is a work in progress, and we would invite suggestions and creative ideas.

Intensive English Program at EMU

Many excellent and well-qualified students would like to have the opportunity to study in North America but find that they need more help with their English language skills. The Intensive English Program at Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia is an excellent place to prepare for undergraduate or graduate study. Well-qualified and experienced instructors, almost all who have lived overseas and speak at least one second language, offer professional instruction and support. Small and intensive classes, individual attention from teachers, a supportive university campus and community—these provide an environment where students can quickly excel. The tuition cost of the IEP is very affordable, a TOEFL score is not required, and for help with application and the visa process you can contact Zhang Xi (Betty) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information on the program: www.emu.edu/iep.

EMU Cross Cultural

Mennonite colleges in North America provide opportunities for undergraduate students to spend one semester living, studying and serving in a culture other than their own. This fall semester a group of twelve students from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in Virginia are studying Chinese history, language, culture and religion in Sichuan while also traveling to many other places of interest in China. A highlight for the students is living with Chinese families, and engaging daily life in cities like Nanchong, Dazhou and Zigong where MPC has well-established partners. For more information on the EMU cross-cultural group, go to http://emu.edu/now/crosscultural/.

MPC works with Bluffton University to provide a cross-cultural semester experience for Chinese university students.

MPC works with Bluffton University to provide a cross-cultural semester experience for Chinese university students.  Bluffton provides opportunity for students to take classes together with American and other international students and to be active in many clubs and activities on campus.  For English major students from Chinese universities, this provides a rich opportunity to study first-hand the language and culture of their major, as well as building confidence and skill. 

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Summer Institute of Language and Culture

The MPC program has been privileged to have more than several hundred visiting scholars from universities in Sichuan spend a semester at Eastern Mennonite University. Each summer MPC plans a professional event focused on language and culture and invites former visiting scholars, MPC teachers and interested scholars to attend. This summer the event was held in Nanchong. In addition to engaging other teachers on issues of language teaching and cultural understanding, the event provides a way for visiting scholars from different universities to connect with each other and learn to know the MPC-supported teachers.

 

Visiting Scholars from Sichuan at EMU

This year's group of visiting scholars who are in Virginia are enjoying their time at Eastern Mennonite University. In addition to auditing courses and doing research on language teaching and linguistics, they have visited a high school, retirement center and other local settings where they have experienced first-hand local culture. Because they are English teachers at universities in Sichuan, the opportunity to spend some time in an English-speaking environment is valuable for their professional development. It is an energizing time for the ten scholars.

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