SCOLA Travel Journal: Week Ten

Do you follow SCOLA on YouTube? If not, you should! They are always posting awesome videos like Puppet Time With SCOLA, Country of the Month videos, and most recently, scary videos from their new Freaky Friday series! My favorite SCOLA YouTube videos though are the ones from China. I have read before about the great relationship SCOLA has with China Yellow River Television in Taiyuan, Shanxi, and I have always wanted to visit this beautiful country!

It may come as a shock to some that even with all the authentic resources SCOLA has from China on its YouTube page they have even more authentic resources on their website! A quick search for China on www.SCOLA.org brings up almost 6,000 resources!

Usually when I travel with On the Street Videos I like to get a first hand perspective at how the locals live. Whether I am checking out the real estate market in Albania, discussing social issues with locals in the Philippines, or experiencing the daily life of a worker in Afghanistan, I have yet to visit a country and see it from a tourists point of view. Where better to be a tourist than China?

I log on to People and Places and take a look at the Landmark and Landscape category. I start making a list of places I want to visit: the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square…the list goes on and on!

Next I log on to SCOLA Learning Objects to brush up on my Chinese. The self-contained language lessons are geared toward independent study, which makes it easy for me to go at my own pace. I am anxious to start my adventure so I fly through the quizzes over comprehension, culture, and language. Just a few lessons on Learning Objects and I feel prepared for my next adventure.

To start my journey I log on to On the Street Videos. My first stop in China is Beijing where the excitement from other tourists almost feels contagious! I snap photos, make people take my picture in front of famous landmarks, and get a little lost…I’m starting to enjoy this!

While in Beijing I stop at one of the first landmarks on my list- Forbidden City. I take a tour of the palace and learn about its history and importance to the Chinese people. After exploring the Forbidden City I am off to the second item on my list- the world famous Great Wall of China. The Great Wall of China looked great in the photos on People and Places, but in real life it is breath taking! I hop in a car on the sky lift and see the Great Wall from above. My last stop before my adventure must come to an end is Tiananmen Square. I tour the square and learn about its history and the famous protests and demonstrations that ended in tragedy in 1989.

My adventure in China must come to an end, but with almost 6,000 authentic Chinese resources on http://www.SCOLA.org you can be sure I’ll be back for a visit.

Check back next week to see where my next adventure takes me!

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SCOLA and CYRTV: An Adventure in Education

The past few weeks SCOLA fans have been learning a lot about our Country of the Month, China. But you may be wondering where all this information is coming from! Years ago SCOLA formed a business relationship with China Yellow River TV, a television station in China. Many employees at CYRTV have contributed to the material we have shared with you for our Country of the Month. Today, a CYRTV employee wants to share with you the history behind the relationship between SCOLA and CYRTV.

Founded in 1991, CYRTV(China Yellow River TV) is run by Shanxi Radio and TV with the support of more than 180 other TV stations around China. Their media specializes in Chinese language and the promotion of Chinese culture. CYRTV has material on TV,  radio, magazines and news media. Its headquarters are in Taiyuan, Shanxi. As business expands, the CYRTV Beijing base is laying foundations for further development.

On August 23rd, CYRTV began to broadcast Chinese TV programs via SCOLA to North America. Now there are three Channels broadcasting Chinese TV programs. The Confucius Institute (China) Channel on SCOLA Channel Three broadcasts 24 hours of  Chinese language teaching and cultural programs. SCOLA Channel Four plays one  hour  of Chinese programming per day, including news and information programs, as well as documentaries about China. SCOLA Channel Seven plays two hours of Chinese programming per day about culture, Chinese education, travel, scenic places in China, literature, history, and much more. All the programs are uploaded to SCOLA for online users to view live or download.

Together CYRTV and SCOLA  run Chinese radio broadcasts launched on December 18th, 2008. SCOLA Chinese Radio currently broadcasts two hours of radio programs on entertainment, education and culture. Tune in online!

Throughout the years CYRTV and SCOLA have formed a good friendship. In 1994, CYRTV began sending work teams to the U.S. About 50 experts and reporters went to SCOLA to work for a year.

The Chinese team was responsible for producing daily Chinese news program and giving lessons to local schools. During their stay, they enjoyed work with their American colleagues and formed friendships with local people. The dedication of the following people has strengthened the relationship between CYRTV and SCOLA:

1994: Jia Bin, Yang Hong, Zhang Xiao Ling and Liang Bo.

1995:  He Xiaoyan, Liu Kerui, Guo Hai and Yu Baolin.

1996:  Ling Li, Tian Jinhu, Hu Yao Ping and Tan Jun

1997:  Zhao Yaqin, Hong Wei, Yuan Qinghong and Li Jia.

1998:  Bai Xiao Dong, Li Jing, Ma Jia, Liu Zhi Lan, Wu Sai Ping, Yin Chun Jing, Wang Bao Hui and Chen Li Xia.

1999:  Bai Xu Ming, Shen Yan, Zhang Hua, Liu Hua and Wu Xing Ming.

2000-2001:  Hu Xin Ling, Cai Shu Rong, Li Zhi Hua, Yin Y Mao and Jiang Wei Dong.

2003-2005:  LiLi, Deng Yuen, Dong Lili, Fan Tai Yu, Ren Xiao Bing and Xue Bing Bing.

2006-2007:  Cai Xiao Ming and Chang Hong.

The 78 people that make up the CYRTV staff, are a harmonious and warm family. They are proud and happy to reach so many people around the world via their SCOLA broadcasts. They love to teach Americans about China, and teaching Chinese is their mutual mission. They will continue to do their best to strengthen the collaboration and friendship to make the world a better place.

Along with material for the Country of the Month, CYRTV has also been crucial to the Chinese language and culture resources we share with our subscribers on www.scola.org. Contact us today for your free trial and see how SCOLA and CYRTV can help you with your language learning goals.

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Your Upcoming Travel Itinerary

SCOLA and China Yellow River Television have been shortening the distance between McClelland and Taiyuan for 23 years, and next month, China is coming to you! If you follow our social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, you may have noticed each month SCOLA presents a “Country of the Month”. Our social media followers can learn a lot about countries around the world such as traditional recipes, typical weather conditions, and a vocabulary word in the country’s native language.

In May 2013, our journey began in the country of Morocco and this March, followers have the opportunity to visit China…from the comfort of their own home! The country has interested viewers with programming on World TV Online, readers with magazines and newspapers on Foreign Text, and learners with lessons on Insta-Class. Featuring China as our Country of the Month will give people that do not already subscribe to SCOLA a small preview of the authentic Chinese resources SCOLA has to offer.

At the end of the month, you may find yourself wanting more information about the country and not ready to move on to the next one. Our website has additional resources from every country we visit for the SCOLA Country of the Month.  Want to know more traditional recipes from Nigeria? Check out Savoir-Vivre, coming soon to www.scola.org! Want to learn more Czech vocabulary? Check out Insta-Class or Specialized Word Video Search! Come see for yourself that the Country of the Month features only a small portion of the material SCOLA offers to subscribers.

Is there a country you would like to see featured as the Country of the Month? Let us know in the comments below!

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