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Archive: Welcome Days 2021

June 24 - June 27

Middlebury Chinese School 2021

Welcome Weekend 2021

All times are Eastern/Vermont time.
All programs in English unless stated otherwise.

Complete the RSVP Form to confirm your attendance:

All session (Zoom) links will be sent to your Middlebury email, and posted to Chinese School Canvas:

Any schedule changes will be posted below, and on the Chinese School Canvas:


1:00 – 2:00 pm – Meet the Director
Take a minute to exchange greetings with Chinese School Director Cecilia Chang-Chow.

2:00 – 5:00 pm – Tech Check
Drop in to seek help with technology required for the course, and confirm your access to Chinese School classrooms and Welcome Weekend sessions.
Registration required:

Technology support is also available from the Middlebury Help Desk.


5:00 pm – Talk on U.S. / China Trade Relations with Prof. Wei Lian, Program Co-chair, International Trade and Economic Diplomacy, Middlebury Institute.

6:30 – 7:00- pm – Meet & Greet by Level
Say hello to the teachers and fellow students in your Level!

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm  Let’s Go to the Movies! Green Snake    (CH w/ EN subtitles)
Two snake spirits become human and learn about love and suffering. A monk discovers his own weaknesses and finds that morality is not as simple as he had thought. Directed by Hark Tsui. Chinese with English subtitle.
Requires Middlebury credentials to watch.
Please be sure your Middlebury account is set up. See #3 HERE, and your email for instructions.



1:00 pm – Advice for a Successful Summer
Attendance Strongly Encouraged
Josiah Stork and Mairead Harris, who are both alumni and current teachers of the Chinese School, along with former students will share their tips and secrets for thriving and surviving during our intensive summer program.

2:00 pm – Co Curricular Workshop Info & Sign Up
Learn about the hands-on workshops available each week.

2:30 pm – Level Orientation
Attendance Required
Meet instructors and fellow students, and learn the details, expectations, and schedule for the your course.

9:00 pm – Talk on U.S.-China Relations with Gregory Gilligan, Chairman of AmCham China, the American Chamber of Commerce in China.  Learn more about our guest speaker:


12:00  pm – Middlebury Chinese School Convocation
Attendance required.
Meet the President of Middlebury College and Dean of the Middlebury Language Schools, and enjoy our formal start to the 2021 Middlebury Chinese School.

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Mingde Mingle and Language Pledge
Attendance required.
Participate in our virtual breakout sessions to get to know other students of the Chinese School in English before diving into the Chinese language immersion bubble!  The Language Pledge will be signed during this session.


June 24
June 27