As part of IBA’s Monastic Leadership Program, our monks study English and Mandarin. They arrive at IBA with differing abilities, so they are divided into four levels for each language – elementary, lower intermediate, upper intermediate and advanced. Our teachers are a mix of foreigners who are native speakers, as well as locals who are fluent.
Language fluency and confidence is helped by having volunteer conversation partners. Mostly coming via the Green Lion volunteer agency, these wonderful people give up to three hours of their time daily for one-on-one conversation with the monks. The experience is beneficial and enjoyable for all involved.