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搶中國小留學生 威州高中全托服務 記者黃惠玲／芝加哥報導
看好近年倍數成長的中國小留學生市場，中西部地區的私立初中、高中紛紛前進中國，招徠中國小留學生到校就讀。號稱提供「全托式高中」服務的威斯康辛國際學院(Ｗisconsin International Academy)，日前更大手筆投下千萬鉅資，購進密爾瓦基市(Milwaukee)的希爾頓飯店(Miwaukee River Hilton)，計畫將其改建為「中國小留學生宿舍」，業者希望以「美國虎媽」式的「一條龍」照顧及管理，在夯爆的小留學生市場爭取家長青睞。
威斯康辛國際學院副總裁孫建國表示，該機構與密爾瓦基市附近五家私立高中合作，提供中國小留學生到當地就讀，包括碧岳十一高中(Pius XI High School)、多米尼克高中(Dominican High School)、馬丁路德高中(Martin Luther High School)、聖湯姆斯莫爾高中(St. Thomas More High School)以及天主教紀念高中(Catholic Memorianl High School)，其中後三所，是今年才新加入。他說，這些學校都可出具I-20，讓中國小留學生辦理到美讀書的學生簽證。
該組織目前租用當地貝蒙特旅館(Baymont Inn & Suites)中的一整個樓層作為學生宿舍，日前已不夠使用。目前該組織已獲密爾瓦基市府初步通過購買米瓦基希爾頓飯店的投資案。位於市中心的這間希爾頓飯店，共有162個房間，附設有廚房、娛樂中心等設施，孫建國說，光硬體設備的購買經費為800萬元，估計加上裝潢極小部分整修，將耗費千萬資金。
位於芝加哥南華埠附近的聖安德魯天主教學校(St. Andrew Lutheran School)，校長狄路特(Michael DeRuiter)去年親自到中國舉辦了多場招募學生說明會，他的主動出擊，也讓從來沒有華裔學生的這所天主教學校，在2012學年招收到第一位中國小留學生。
(We have used Google Translate to do the above Chinese to English translation - the translation is NOT perfect)
Wisconsin high school go after Chinese student by providing complete services
by reporter Wong Wai - World Journal Newspaper Chicago
Optimistic about the recent exponential growth of the Chinese market, young students, Midwest private middle and high schools have to travel to China to attract Chinese students to attend school small. Purported to offer "style boarding school" service of Wisconsin International College (Wisconsin International Academy), recently dropped ten million more generous heavily purchased Milwaukee (Milwaukee) Hilton Hotels (Miwaukee River Hilton), plans to converted into "China's small dormitory", the industry hopes to "American Tiger Mom's" style "through-train" the care and management of a small explosion in the student market ram fighting parents favor.
Wisconsin Sun Jianguo, vice president of the International Institute, said the agency and near the city of Milwaukee, five private high schools together to provide Chinese young students to the local school, including Pius eleven high school (Pius XI High School), Dominic High School (Dominican High School), Martin Luther High School (Martin Luther High School), St. Thomas Moore High School (St. Thomas More High School) and Catholic Memorial High School (Catholic Memorianl High School), where the latter three, only newly added this year. He said that these schools can be issued by the I-20, so that Chinese students apply to study in the U.S. small student visa.
According to the Federal Internal Security Bureau statistics, in 2011 the Chinese studying in the U.S. private high school students, an increase of more than 2006 times more than estimated in the 2013-2014 school year, a small number of students in America China is expected to reach 40,000 people.
International College of Wisconsin from 2012 began offering the Chinese young students a full-service, hit "24-hour care" one-stop approach, from the student classes, after-school tutoring, transportation, meals, weekend entertainment, all included in the arrangement.
Through the institutional arrangements, small student tuition and fees for each 30,000 yuan U.S. dollars per year, and the place is relatively small in the Chinese Wisconsin, but the application of the small number of students is increasing. Sun Jianguo said that in the first year of the organization arrange 53 Chinese students to enroll local, sharply next year that doubled to about 120 people. Sun Jianguo estimated 2014 school year, the number of Chinese students will continue to grow geometrically, so decided to purchase a larger, more comfortable hotel, as student hostels.
The organization is currently hiring local Belmont Hotel (Baymont Inn & Suites) in an entire floor of a student dormitory, has been enough to use. Currently, the organization has been the City of Milwaukee Hilton Hotel Miwa Ji initially through the purchase of investment projects. This centrally located between the Hilton Hotel, a total of 162 rooms, furnished with kitchens, entertainment centers and other facilities, Sun Jianguo said optical hardware purchase funds of 800 million yuan, plus the decor very small portion of the estimated renovations would cost ten million capital.
Sun Jianguo said that the new Chinese small dormitory will accommodate 324 students.
According to the statistics agency, is currently studying five small school Chinese students, the largest number of one, the proportion of Chinese students to the number of all students accounted for only about one percent, compared to the East and West sides some of the admission of Chinese small high school students, Chinese students proportion as rolling over half, Sun Jianguo that Midwest private schools is still much room for development.
Chinatown is located near Chicago South St. Andrew Catholic School (St. Andrew Lutheran School), Chancellor Di Lute (Michael DeRuiter) personally went to China last year, held a number of briefings to recruit students, his initiative, but also to Chinese students never This Catholic school in 2012 to a Chinese school to recruit young students.
Di Lute said Andrew schools offer kindergarten through 8th grade middle school curriculum, Chinese young students in addition to general courses, the school and to provide safe and convenient accommodation in family services, the upcoming new school year, the school will also have a small Chinese International Students, He believes that Chinese young students for the school to enrich cultural diversity and the development of the whole school has positive benefits.
High School & University Education in Hawaii, San Francisco,
Cupertino, California and Beyond 中學，大學教育在夏威夷，庫比蒂諾,
"Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce" Support US Department of Commerce "Study USA Consortium" mission to bring an aggressive, worldwide set of services and resources designed to give U.S. educational institutions a competitive
advantage in recruiting international students. This is achieved via the promotion capabilities of the U.S. Commercial Service and additional key strategic partners.
"中國夏威夷商會" 支持美國商務部 “美國學校聯盟“ 的使命，使一個積極的，世界範圍的服務和資源的設置旨在使美國的教育機構競爭優勢在招聘國際學生。這是通過推廣能力達到了美國商業服務和額外的重要戰略夥伴。
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Chinese parents turn to US summer camps By Emily Cheng
Summer camps in the US are the latest strategy for Chinese parents plotting a better future for their children. This year, more than 60,000 children will fly off for an immersion program that may, or may not, test their suitability for college abroad. Emily Cheng explores the issues.
For around $5,000 or roughly 32,500 yuan, kids are flying across the Pacific for an opportunity to play sports with US students, attend summer classes, and most importantly, speak English. They will be joining American summer camps, a mid-year ritual for many children in the United States, but still something for the privileged few in China. After two consecutive years at China-based summer camps, Lou Yong's 13-year-old son, Tim, will take the experience to the next level by spending four weeks in Baltimore, USA. "I hope to enrich his summer vacation and let him experience different activities which he is interested in, but are not available at the local schools," says Yong.
"American summer camps are a good complement to Chinese-style education. Chinese-style education focuses on academic achievement, while American-style camps allow the students to improve their overall abilities. If the child wants to study abroad in future, an American camp can help them make some adjustments beforehand," she says.
Alex Abraham, the general manager of Blue Sky Study, a Shanghai-based overseas education consultancy, also sees the camps as a way of easing a child into a culture that he or she will most likely be a part of when they join the other Chinese undergraduates in the US.
The number of students going abroad does not appear to be dropping soon so, for those who can afford it, summer camps give them a head-start.
"For parents who would one day like their child to study in the US full-time, it is a great way to introduce a foreign country to a young student," Abraham says.
As more parents plot overseas ambitions for their children, a camp itinerary that includes excursions to famous universities is popular among fee-paying parents.
Joel Lavenson, director of the Maine Golf and Tennis Academy in the US, noticed the enthusiasm among Chinese families for their children to get into American schools and introduced college visits into his Chinese-American summer camps.
"The Chinese parents look at the camps as part of their educational portfolio as a world citizen," says Lavenson.
At another US-based organization, the American Chinese Academy (ACA), the intake of Chinese students has tripled this year.
Joyce Zhao, CEO of ACA, suspects that the increased interest correlates to the parental need for their children to maximize their potential.
"It is a tradition for Chinese parents to 'sacrifice' or pay high costs for their children's education, expecting their children to be successful one day," she notes.
Zhao categorizes parents who send their kids overseas as a "wise" group which understands the importance of travel experiences for the youngster's personal growth. Nonetheless, she still thinks that there's an undeniable academic-focus in their intentions.
"The parents who send their children to overseas summer camps are still traditional in that they don't want the activities to stray too far away from academic learning. Therefore, classroom hours are scheduled," says Zhao.
It is this balance between cultural, social, and educational activities at American summer camps that appeals to Chinese parents.
Gao Ruolin, organizer of China Daily's Little Journalist Summer Camp, credits obtaining a good visa record as another major appeal of summer camps abroad.
China Daily's camp offers the usual visits to famous universities and sites but it also appeals to parents who want more specialized activities. As well as visiting the BBC and China Daily's New York and London offices, the aspiring journalists are taught the basics of journalism in an intensive English environment. After taking tests to get into the exclusive camp, students travel to countries including the UK, France, Germany, Switzerland and the States under the guidance of senior journalists from the paper.
It is a program that will appeal to parents like Emily Chan, who intends to eventually send her 6-year-old son, Nathan, to a camp in America "to learn native English and get used to life in the US."
However, putting a kid on a plane to America every year is not a luxury that many can afford. Which is why domestic, American-style summer camps are becoming increasingly attractive for parents like Chan, who sends her son to camps every summer.
Chan believes the camps groom children for their future studying abroad.
While images of a Tiger Mom may arise, the situation is nothing but. Nathan is always excited about the holiday season because he has a say in the camp he wants, "I choose only what he wants to do," Chan says of her son.
This year, Nathan will be attending a sports-oriented summer camp in Beijing.
"From the camp, he will learn values and independence without parents and ayi," she explains.
As more and more parents realize the social and educational benefits of recreational activities, an increasing number of organizations have crowded the market for more cost efficient, China-based summer camps.
Fanghua Jiang jumped on this wagon and started Longfeifei Youth Summer Camp in the summer of 2009.
"I decided that we would adopt an American curriculum supplemented by some Chinese activities, and the camp would be structured and managed in an American style. For example: employing counselors, including enrichment over academic activities and having camp staff recruited from various sources," Jiang elaborates.
As an avid member of the Fudan University Alumni Association, Jiang initially proposed the Shanghai-based camp as a way of connecting domestic and overseas children among alumni. Now it has become much more.
"The children who enroll are typically those who have different interests, who come from a family where parents pay attention to their children's character building," she says.
Carol Peng, director of the International Bilingual Summer Camp in Beijing, also employs an east-meets-west style for her camps.
"American-style summer camps have their appeals and style. The activities are rich as well as educational: various sports, arts, languages, field trips, medical skills and so on. The children can experience the joy of learning English through such creative activities," Peng says.
Improving English in an interactive environment was one of the selling points for Nancy Chen when she first found out about summer camps.
Chen has enrolled her 9-year-old daughter, Mao Ruihan, in the Beijing Playhouse Academy of Performing Arts' (BPAPA) theater camps four times now.
"She has improved her English and acting skills. She is happier, more confident and more courageous. She has also learned more about western culture and interpersonal communication skills. Overall, she has changed a lot, positively," Nancy says.
BPAPA offers bilingual theater camps for Chinese students who are less fluent in English.
The goal is to improve their spoken English. They study in English, follow the directors in English, and at the end of the camp, they are on stage performing in English.
Unlike many summer camps that offer multiple activities, BPAPA's camps focus purely on theater production and performance.
Chris Verrill, executive director of BPAPA, remembers the time when expatriate kids dominated the first camp. Seventy-four percent came from native English-speaking countries, 26 percent from other parts of the world, and none came from China.
Over the years, more Chinese children have been enrolling to learn about theater and improve their English. The most recent camp was composed of 76 percent Chinese, 18 percent English-speaking country kids, and 6 percent from other countries.
"We work hard to maintain the quality of the theater experience for all the children. So if a student is not fluent in English, then we refer them to the Broadway English theatre camp. Even for Broadway English, the student must at least have an intermediate level of English. When it comes to teaching English, our goal is not the basics. We leave the basics to other language schools," Verrill says.
But, at the end of the day, it's not always about learning and classes - it's about knowing that your child is having a good time.
The fun environment provided by summer camps is all Nancy wants for her daughter, "Sending my kid to the camp has little to do with her studying abroad in the future," she says. But it helps.
Clockwise from top: At the Beijing Playhouse camp, children stage The Wizard of Oz in English, honing both language and acting skills. Hanging free from a tree during summer camp at Stateside Adventures. Urban Discovery camps provide a fun way to learn about Hong Kong history, culture and heritage. Riding the surf is one of the attractions of the Hong Kong Treasure Island camps on South Lantau's Pui O beach which offers day and overnight camps.