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

December 2014

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


Get all the latest news and updates on the 2015 National Chinese Language Conference, April 16–18, to be held at the Hilton Atlanta, Georgia.

NCLC registration and program information will be available mid-January, 2015. Stay tuned!

Flipped Learning in Motion

By Heather Clydesdale
Ask teachers of Chinese language to name a resource they lack, and chances are they will answer: “time.” Flipped learning, using online sessions to build and drill basic knowledge and skills, frees up time in class. Teachers can leverage this and create opportunities for students to apply language as they practice higher-order thinking.
Helen Yung, vice president of academics at Better Chinese, advocates using backward design when planning a flipped learning curricular unit. Teachers should start with the standards to identify objectives, gauge students’ current abilities and knowledge by analyzing pre-assessments, and then craft a performance-based summative assessment. Next, as teachers develop instruction and learning activities, they determine which will be best suited to online components (introducing new vocabulary and sentence patterns), and which should be highlighted in class (performance-based tasks), to seamlessly integrate technology and learning.

“I want to use all my class time to do things they [students] can’t do at home,” remarks Hilda Leung, who teaches seventh- and eighth-grade Chinese at the Brentwood School in Los Angeles, California. She contends that since adopting flipped learning her students come to class and “are speaking right away, doing skits right away, and they are writing right away.” Read on!

CELIN Connection

We are happy to report that we have expanded the Study Abroad information within the CELIN @ Asia Society web pages. You will now find detailed descriptions of programs that we summarized earlier, and many beautiful photos as well as student, teacher chaperone, and parent testimonials. Visit the Ask the Experts section for rich profiles of these programs. Please let us know if you would like your study abroad program to be featured. We would love to work with you to do that.

We wish you happy holidays and look forward to seeing you in 2015! –Shuhan Wang and Joy Peyton

Online Resources

Strong School-to-School Partnerships: Part II 
By Heidi Steele, Chinese teacher at Gig Harbor and Peninsula High Schools in the Peninsula School District of Washington State

While the homestay exchanges between our American students and our partner school in Mudanjiang are underway, the family focus accentuates not only cultural similarities, but differences as well. These differences, while sometimes uncomfortable, provide a rich opportunity to learn about one another in real life rather than as an academic subject.

One particularly pronounced example of a difference that causes ongoing tension arises when we plan itineraries. The Chinese families prefer to have more all-group activities. In their words, the students are happiest when they are all together. In contrast, the American families prefer more individual unstructured time, when each family arranges activities with their own exchange student. I also prefer to have significant amounts of unstructured family time because that is when the most language learning takes place. As we discussed the problem, we realized that the itineraries on both sides do not need to be mirror images of each other but can instead reflect their respective host cultures. Read on for Part II of this two-part series.

Generation Study Abroad 
In early March, the Institute of International Education (IIE) launched Generation Study Abroad, a five-year initiative that brings leaders in education, business, and governments together to double the number of U.S. college students studying abroad. IIE has already identified more than 450 partners who have committed to specific actions that will help reach this ambitious goal; the result will be thousands more American students graduating with the international experience necessary for success in a globalized world.

As a vital part of the initiative, IIE recognizes the significant role that high school educators play in bringing the world into classrooms. Teachers can inspire curiosity about the world, and we believe that building a pipeline for study abroad will be necessary to achieve our goal of doubling by the end of the decade. That is why the Institute is setting a target to identify at least 1,000 high school teachers who pledge to make their students aware of study abroad. Teachers are powerful motivators when it comes to encouraging students to pursue any and all types of global study, be it through a classroom project in second grade or on a study abroad program in college.

To join Generation Study Abroad, teachers are invited to Take the Pledge and agree to advocate for study abroad within your school community and incorporate a global perspective into your own teaching.

Why Are Chinese Students Studying Abroad?
Since 2000, the number of Chinese students studying abroad increased by more than 1,000%. It’s expensive, difficult, and sometimes lonely. Why do they choose to? For one, returnees command a higher salary for their superior foreign language skills, the experience of fending for themselves in a foreign country, and the influence of the Western education system.

Find out more in ChinaFile's new infographic, Is Studying Abroad Worth the Cost?, another in their series of translated graphics from Sohu Business.

News and Opportunities from the Field

Asia Society's International Studies Schools Network seeks an Executive Director. Learn more!

2015 National Chinese Language Conference – Call for Student Calligraphy: The 2015 National Chinese Language Conference (NCLC) will be held from April 16–18, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to highlighting luminaries from the fields of policy, education, arts and culture, and business, the conference also looks for opportunities to feature student achievements. NCLC15 is calling for student calligraphy of “全美中文大会” to be featured on conference materials. Interested students may send a high-resolution scan of their calligraphy work of ““全美中文大会” to no later than January 1. Please also include the following information: Student's first and last name; school name and state; and grade level.

Youth Voices on China Video Contest: The 1990 Institute’s inaugural national online video contest encourages U.S. middle school, high school, and college students to think more broadly about U.S.-China relations and seek balanced viewpoints. Submit a short, thought-provoking video of 2 to 3 minutes’ length on a China topic that relates to the 2014–15 contest theme, "Why Understanding China Is Important to My Future." With more than $30,000 in total cash and prizes, students and their sponsoring teachers may win over $2,000 each, a trip to San Francisco, and visibility for their work. Deadlines are January 4 (Early Bird) and January 19, 2015 (Final). 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). Next course period: January 5–April 1, 2015. 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.

Call for Proposals: The 2015 ACTFL annual convention and world languages expo will be held November 20–22, in San Diego, CA. Proposal submissions are due January 14, 2015. Learn more.

High School Summer Abroad: With the donation of 125 Global Navigator Scholarships, CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) is now accepting student applications for 30 programs in 16 destinations around the world. First of three application deadlines is January 15, 2015. Learn more.

Call for Papers: The Ninth International Conference on Language Teacher Education welcomes proposals for papers and symposia on all aspects of the education and professional development of language teachers. Papers and symposia may report on data-based research, theoretical and conceptual analyses, or best practices in language teacher education. Proposal deadline: January 15, 2015. Learn more.

Host a Teacher from China: The Teachers of Critical Languages Program announces an open competition for U.S. schools to host an exchange teacher from China for an academic year. This program seeks to strengthen foreign language instruction at U.S. schools, while also providing teachers the opportunity to learn about U.S. teaching methodologies, culture, and society. The exchange teachers will teach Mandarin Chinese serve as a cultural resource in the host school and community. Application deadline: January 26, 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

World of 7 Billion Video Contest: World of 7 Billion is holding a video contest for students to come up with innovative solutions to global challenges resulting from human population growth. Students must highlight a global issue dealing with either mass extinction, available farmland, or global education, explain why the issue is important, and provide at least one idea for a sustainable solution in order to be considered. Prizes include up to $1,000 for students and free curriculum resources for teachers. Deadline: February 19, 2015. Learn more.

100,000 Strong Foundation Resource Guide: The 100K Foundation has compiled a list of government scholarships and fellowships for high school and post-secondary students, as well as informational links on studying abroad in China. Learn more.

We welcome your feedback and encourage you to share information that is of interest to the wider community. Please feel free to contact us at and forward this newsletter on to others who are interested in Chinese language and culture programs in the schools.

With best wishes for 2015,
China Learning Initiatives Team
Asia Society
Copyright © 2014 Asia Society, All rights reserved.