MELBOURNE, FLA.—Florida Institute of Technology will offer its first Intensive Summer Institute in Chinese May 10-June 18. The institute was made possible through a grant from Project GO, funded by the Department of Defense and the ROTC Language & Culture Project. The lead instructor is Florida Tech faculty member Wanfa Zhang.
The grant provides funding for several scholarships for ROTC cadets. One scholarship is still available. Applicants must be in ROTC from any branch of the military service and any college in the United States. The scholarship covers tuition and fees, room and board and instructional materials. The scholarship application deadline is April 15.
The institute offers six hours a day of instruction in the Chinese language Monday through Thursday. On Tuesdays and Thursdays one hour will be spent each day on the capstone research project. On Fridays participants will engage in cultural activities. These include speakers, films, music and a field trip to the Epcot Center Chinese Pavilion.
Participating Florida Tech faculty include JoAnn Parla Palumbo, director, Center for the Study of Critical Languages; Alan Rosiene, director, Foreign Languages; and Robert Taylor, head, Department of Humanities and Communication. Also, Gordon Patterson, professor of humanities and communication, will direct the cultural activities; and Major Mathew Elliott of the university’s ROTC program is the ROTC contact.
The institute offers six credit hours. For more information, visit http://cpla.fit.edu/hu-com/cscl/summer_institute.doc, or contact JoAnn Parla Palumbo at firstname.lastname@example.org or (321) 674-7491.