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Chinese Flagship Program Faculty and Staff - Nathan Read

Nathan Read

Nathan Read

Student Assistant

Office:  Honors College & International Center

Why did you choose to participate in the Chinese Language Flagship Program at WKU?
When I started my college search, finding a reputable and highly intensive Chinese language program was my number one college requirement. I started learning Mandarin when I was in grade school and I wanted to attend a college that would provide the ultimate language-learning environment and experience. A childhood teacher of mine recommended the Language Flagship to my family. I had to come to see how amazing this program actually was for myself, and after one visit, I was immediately convinced the Language Flagship was for me. It’s safe to say that the desire to be part of the Chinese Language Flagship was the ultimate deciding factor in attending WKU.
How were your language skills impacted by participating in the Flagship Chinese Institute (FCI) over the summer?

There seems to be the shroud of skepticism around spending a whole summer attending an intensive language program. But I can say without a doubt that my language skills improved leaps and bounds, and I certainly don’t regret my decision to attend FCI. FCI primarily helps students improve at 200 level of Chinese – a level that is crucial for becoming more and more comfortable with your language proficiency. FCI is also a wonderful stepping stone for the more intensive language programs that are offered abroad. A language-immersion environment is crucial for improving proficiency, and FCI should be a consideration for all first-year students.

What has been your favorite study abroad experience so far? 

My favorite study abroad experience was Princeton in Beijing (PiB), another intensive Chinese language program through Princeton University located in Beijing. PiB is extremely rigorous and there were certainly times where I doubted myself, but PiB was able to provide me with a spectacular experience in China. Not only is PiB a language-immersion program, but it also has a mandatory language-pledge, so my Mandarin proficiency improved exponentially. From the weekend excursion to the Great Wall to the weekly cultural activities to the amazing relationships that I made with my teachers and with people from around the world, PiB will be one of the most unforgettable college experiences I will ever have, hands down. 

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