Pune, December 30, 2018: The China Learning Initiatives team hopes that you share our positive outlook for 2019 based on a productive and rewarding year. We’d like to take this opportunity to highlight some of our work recognizing the Chinese language education field in 2018:
We hosted 60 K–12 teachers at the eighth annual Asia Society Chinese Language Teachers Institute at Asia Society’s New York headquarters. This year’s theme was “Go Real: Creating Authentic Learning Experiences for K–12 Chinese Language Learners.” Master teachers, visits to model programs, best-practice sharing, and networking all help attendees to improve their Chinese language teaching effectiveness.
The 2018 National Chinese Language Conference brought together more than 1,300 educators for a successful 11th annual conference in Salt Lake City. “From Classrooms to Careers” invited participants and speakers to examine how learning Chinese can play a large part in helping students find success in their future careers. We hope you’ll join us in San Diego, California for NCLC 2019!
When we interviewed Ying Jin, ACTFL’s first Chinese National Language Teacher of the Year, we asked her why it’s important for Chinese teachers to seek leadership roles at school. Her answer: “10 years ago, Chinese language teachers were in a ‘survival mode,’ thinking mostly about making their program stable, increasing enrollment, etc. We’ve seen the trend of Chinese language programs growing across the nation and it’s time for us to think about stepping outside of our classrooms.”
In a matter of eight weeks, 113 students submitted videos to our second annual Why Speak Chinese? social media contest, which celebrates the hard work of students, and lets others see their peers learning Chinese and loving it. Avery Porges, a sophomore at Jericho High School in New York, was our winner.
We added several new installments to our library of TEQ Videos. They demonstrate effective activities to keep students focused, help them express themselves, practice new language skills in context, and generally make learning fun and efficient.
The Chinese Early Language and Immersion Network (CELIN) continue their exceptional work in profiling strong Chinese language programs around the country and publishing research briefs addressing different aspects of Chinese language education.
Source: Asia Society center for global education
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