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

October 2014

In this Issue
Windows to China
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. Save the dates and get all the latest news and updates!

Apply Today

The Global Competence Certificate is the premier, online, graduate-level certificate program in global competence education for K–12 educators. Applications accepted October 13–December 12 for the January 2015 cohort.


Windows to China: Students' Study Abroad Experiences

By Yi Zheng
Summer is a time when students seek opportunities to connect their classroom learning to real-life experiences. In the summer of 2014, many students from Asia Society’s Confucius Classrooms Network traveled to China through various study abroad programs. They immersed themselves in Chinese culture, practiced their Chinese language skills, and explored ways of connecting their school-year studies to their experiences away from home.

(Students from the Peninsula School District in Washington State) 

As Heidi Steele, the Chinese language teacher at Gig Harbor High School, points out: “The purpose of the short summer exchange is to take the focus off of academics and run the program with a focus on culture and relationships.” Students learn valuable lessons about how to navigate a culture that seems different from their own and manage to make it a part of their lives. 

Read on to hear from the students themselves—Lisa He Wu, a junior at Central High School in Philadelphia, students from the Peninsula School District in Washington State, and Judy Fordjuoh, a junior at Medgar Evers College Preparatory School in Brooklyn—for their very unique observations and personal discoveries.

CELIN Connection

As expected, fall is a very busy season for conferences and professional development opportunities. We were able to see some of you at the Language Immersion Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, which was a wonderful opportunity for resource sharing and networking. We hope to also see you at the ACTFL Convention and World Languages Expo in San Antonio, November 21–23, where we will be involved in the following three sessions: Teaching Languages to Children: Lessons Learned Over Three Decades, Selecting and Adapting Resources for Your Chinese Programs, and Heritage and Community Languages in the U.S.: Richness and Complexity. We’ll look for you there.

Study abroad is an important component of well-implemented language education, including immersion programs. However, a safe, meaningful, and memorable study abroad program requires careful planning and intentional design. We have added a new topic to the Ask the Experts section of the CELIN @ Asia Society web pages, in which experts discuss the role and benefits of study abroad in Chinese language and culture learning for students in grades K–12. We have also added new information about assessments used in specific Chinese immersion programs.

Finally, if you missed it, the New York Times recently published a great profile of a CELIN member school, Yinghua Academy in Minneapolis. Please stay connected and write to us at  –Shuhan Wang and Joy Peyton

Online Resources

Strengthening U.S.-China Relations, One Student at a Time
(Students from one of Asia Society's Confucius Classrooms at Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa) 

At a launch in Washington, DC on September 30, 2014, the 100,000 Strong Foundation, in partnership with Asia Society and Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), presented a new report: Strengthening U.S.-China Relations, One Student at a Time—Perspectives from Leaders in the Field. The report features a series of essays authored by a range of prominent leaders active in U.S.-China relations, and underscores why we must invest in today’s students—our next generation of leaders—to ensure they have the necessary skills to manage one of the world’s most consequential relationships. Read excerpts and access the full report here.

Leading with the World in Mind: A Survey of Global Leadership in the U.S., China, and India
The capacity to lead in complex global contexts is increasingly synonymous with adaptability, competitiveness, and entrepreneurial creativity. In a multipolar world, information, capital, products, and people reach across borders. In a new paper, Asia Society and Harvard's Project Zero share the results of a study of global leadership as defined by individuals heading international business initiatives in India, China, and the United States. Our goal is to advance the definition of global leadership in these three regions that can inform practice in the future and to drive a better understanding of how cultures and markets can work together. Two questions guide our study:
  1. How do established global leaders working in the Asia-Pacific context define global leadership, the competencies required to succeed, and the conditions that enable them to lead across cultures?
  2. In what ways do informants’ views of global leadership vary depending on the cultural contexts in which their lives and work unfold?

News and Opportunities from the Field

2015 National Chinese Language Conference: Join us in Atlanta, Georgia, April 16 – 18, 2015! Save the dates and get all the latest news and updates.

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. Deadline: November 5. 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. 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.
David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships: Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations. Deadlines: January 27 and February 4, 2015
Study abroad this school year! Visit for student travel information.

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China Learning Initiatives Team
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