The American and Chinese college students will collaborate and generate ideas to meet the goal of green campus announced by the Chinese government in 2013. The goal of green campus can be achieved in three ways, socially (awareness and advocacy), ecologically (creating a green environment), and economically (cultivating entrepreneurial spirit).
This 8-week project was designed for Chinese 305 learners with Intermediate-Mid to High proficiency. The learners are enrolled in a regular Chinese program at University of Rhode Island in a suburban setting. The course meets 3 times per week for 50 minutes each class period.
Learners will create an action plan in collaboration with an environmentally-focused student club at the Honghe University located in Yunnan, China in order to create an eco-friendly college campus.
Academically, learners will engage in sustained inquiry about environmental sustainability in three ways (socially, ecologically, and economically) in college campus in China and the U.S. based on data and the learners’ interests. As the project unfolds, learners will use the target language to collaborate and find creative ways to generate ideas about creating a healthier, more fertile, and happier community using an action plan.
Culturally, learners will engage in:
observing campuses in China and the U.S. and examples of green campuses while interacting with the students at the Honghe University (partner university in Yunnan, China) and members of an student club (named West Oasis) focusing on environmental protection at the Honghe University,
comparing and contrasting the differences between the home campus (U.S.) and the foreign campus (China) and a traditional campus and an eco-friendly campus, and critically interpreting how to achieve the goal of green campus in three ways, socially (awareness and advocacy), ecologically (creating a green environment), and economically (cultivating entrepreneurial spirit).
Major activities include:
Research and reading reports (what’s a green campus? what makes a green campus? why is a green campus), survey on carbon footprint,
Interviews with the President of West Oasis, advisor, and members of the club
Write up an action plan and present to the partner university to be considered
The outcome of the project will be an action plan, which will be shared with students at the Honghe University through a website to fulfill the goal of building a green campus.
Participate on a campus event: Jane Goodall's Talk "Origins: Life, Universe, and Everything"
Carbon Footprint Interview with the members of the "West Oasis" club
Interview with the President of "West Oasis"
Team Roles and Their Performance Criteria
Final Product Presentation
Implementation information not specified.