This is a monthly newsletter from the Asia Society Partnership for Global Learning dedicated to Chinese language and culture programs in schools.

August 2014

In this Issue
CELIN Connection
Online Resources
News and Opportunities Analyses, how-tos, lesson plans, and much more.

Save the Dates!

April 16–18, 2015

The eighth annual National Chinese Language Conference will take place at the Hilton Atlanta, located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, Georgia.

A Request for Proposals will open soon!

Start planning a session to share your experience and knowledge now!

Greetings from the staff of CELIN at Asia Society! As the summer is approaching its end, educators, students, and parents are gearing up for a new academic year. We have developed several new features designed to help you to be prepared for the beginning of the school year. We hope you find them useful. –Shuhan Wang and Joy Peyton

Ask the Experts

We have launched a new section on the CELIN web pages, in which key questions in the field of Chinese language and culture education are asked and experts working in the field respond.

What assessments and assessment rubrics can we use to assess the language proficiency of young learners of Chinese? Duarte Silva (Executive Director of the California World Language Project at Stanford University) asked this question on behalf of educators working with students in grades K–3 in a Chinese immersion program in Palo Alto, California. Read his question and responses from experts in the field at Ask the Experts. We hope that this section will provide a forum for our readers to engage in discussion of many topics that are important in our field. What topics do you care about? Let us know, and we’ll ask the experts! 

What can I do to support my child in a Chinese immersion program? Ten years ago, Elizabeth Weise, a science reporter with USA Today who has studied Chinese and traveled and worked in China, sent her daughter to a Mandarin immersion program in California and immediately found that she needed more knowledge and resources in order to connect with the program and help her daughter be successful. These two publications give important guidance for parents, based on her years of experience: A book, A Parent’s Guide to Mandarin Immersion, and a list of Resources for Parents with Children in Mandarin Immersion Programs. Information about both of these can be found at Resources for Parents.   

Online Resources

Chinese Dreamers

ChinaFile has published a short film, directed by Sharron Lovell and Tom Wang, called “Chinese Dreamers." It’s a trio of profiles of young people in Beijing talking about their attempts to transcend the roles society has given them, in the context of President Xi Jinping’s call for a “Chinese Dream.” The subjects are unusually and movingly candid as they describe their aspirations and their considerable frustrations. Using this film in your classroom, you might pose these essential questions to students for discussion and further reflection:
  • Can you identify similar or distinct life experiences/backgrounds of the three Chinese dreamers interviewed in the film?
  • Do you know if they are good representatives of the current generation of young Chinese? How would you find out?
  • Based on the findings above, do you or your family know Americans who come from similar backgrounds? (E.g. migrant workers, from underserved communities, etc.)  
  • How does each of the three dreamers profiled characterize his or her dream? And in what respects does it accord with or differ from Xi Jinping's "Chinese Dream"?
  • What are the material aspects of the dreams of these Chinese dreamers? Are there materials symbols of the "American Dream"? If yes, are they the same or different compared to the Chinese Dream?
  • Now compare the emotional aspects of the Chinese and American Dreams, e.g. justice, upward mobility, accomplishment, and respect.
  • What is the filmmakers' perspective on the relationship between individuals and Chinese society? What is their assessment of the Chinese Dream? What questions about the Chinese dream you wished the filmmakers had asked?
  • What other sources might you use? What other questions would you ask? Whom would you interview?
  • Find a peer similar to your age to explore your questions with them. If you don’t know one, ask your teacher to find a sister school or exchange program, so you can connect with a young person in China.

Mapping the Nation: Making Global Classroom Connections
Mapping the Nation is a new classroom resource that presents economic, demographic, and education data at both the state and county levels to show international connections for every county in the U.S. – from jobs tied to global trade and immigrants with rich linguistic resources, to the billions of dollars contributed to our economy by international students studying here. With almost one million data points, as well as over 50 info graphics,, is a robust research tool with many potential uses for grades 4–12. This free webinar will help you utilize this new interactive resource and share tools you can use in the your state, building, district, and classroom. Hosted by the National Council for the Social Studies. When: Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 8:00 pm EDT/5:00 pm PD. Learn more and register!

News and Opportunities from the Field

Project Pengyou Leadership Fellows: The Golden Bridges Foundation is now accepting applications for the Fall 2014 Project Pengyou Leadership Fellows Program to be held at Harvard University, October 10–13, 2014. Application deadline: September 5, 2014. Learn more.

CLAC 2015 Call for Proposals: The 9th annual conference on Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC) focuses on building relationships to serve an expanded population. Proposals due October 1, 2014. Learn more.

SOPA/ELLOPA Online Training: The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) offers online courses that teach how to administer and rate oral language proficiency for students of Chinese in grades K–8 using the Student Oral Proficiency Assessment (SOPA) and the Early Language Listening and Oral Proficiency Assessment (ELLOPA). Course period: October 1–December 31, 2014. Learn more.

Call for Curriculum: The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) invites submissions for the Franklin R. Buchanan Prize awarded annually to recognize an outstanding curriculum publication on Asia designed for any educational level, elementary through university. Application deadline: November 1. Learn more. 

Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching (DA) Program: K–12 teachers are invited to apply for a unique international professional development opportunity for 3–6 months. By conducting educational research abroad, U.S. teachers gain new skills, learn new instructional methods and assessment methodologies and share best practices with international colleagues and students. Teachers also have the opportunity to expand their understanding of other cultures and international education systems that will enrich their U.S. schools and local communities with global perspectives. Teachers may travel to: Botswana, Finland, India, Israel, Mexico, Palestinian Territories, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam. Learn more.

CLEF 2015 Call for Proposals: Next year's conference theme is “World Readiness in PreK–16 Chinese Language Instruction." Proposals due November 14, 2014. Learn more.

International Student/Teacher Essay Contest: "Imagining a Better Future": The Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs has opened a competition to teachers and students anywhere in the world. Essay topic: What would you like to see happen during this century to make the world a better place? Deadline: January 5, 2015. Learn more.


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China Learning Initiatives Team
Asia Society
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