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West Liberty University senior and journalism major Joshua Smith recently completed a scholarship program for a summer service learning experience in China.

He spent four weeks teaching Chinese schoolchildren ages 11-18 English, while learning about the East Asian country.

"While teaching students, I learned how beautiful the English language is," Smith said in a press release. "The Chinese students spoke English very formally, and it was poetic and a neat learning experience for me."

The learning program was led by West Virginia State University in coordination with Marshall University and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.

Smith's experience started with a 15-hour plane ride that ended in Beijing, the capital of the People's Republic of China and one of the most populous cities in the world. He left for China on July 8 and returned Aug. 5.

The summer program offered cultural and language training, plus the chance to earn a three-credit hour international studies course taught by WVSU Professor Xiaohong Zhang.

Smith stayed on the campus of Tsinghua University, Beijing, most of the time, but traveled to sites including the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Terracotta Army in Xi'an and the Temple of Heaven.

Smith enjoyed the experience and plans on going back to teach English after graduation next spring.