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Asia Society Center for Global Education, China Learning Initiatives
Chinese Language Matters August 31, 2016
At the China Studies seminar
Building Bridges: Asia Society's 2016 China Studies Seminar

Bridges were built and perspectives broadened during the 2016 China Studies Seminar in Shanghai, July 18–23. This annual program, led by Asia Society’s China Learning Initiatives, hosted by East China Normal University, and sponsored by the Confucius Institute Headquarters, is part of what our work at Asia Society is all about.

The essence of the program is connections. First, we aim to build connections between colleagues who otherwise might not work together. The week-long progressive seminar brings together a pair of teachers from each school—a Chinese Language teacher and a teacher of another subject—in an effort to foster collaboration between subject areas, enrich content, and integrate relevant and timely Chinese elements into more classes. 

Second, we strive to establish connections between Chinese and Americans by encouraging seminar attendees to interact with regular Chinese people: at learning centers for both senior citizens and children where each showed their work enthusiastically; in a co-working space for start-ups that could have been mistaken for a hip spot in Brooklyn; and in public spaces where they chatted with monks on the street, shoppers in malls, and three generations of women sipping localized beverages at a Starbucks beside an ancient temple.

Finally, we make a connection to the classroom through training in multi-discipline lesson planning. Teachers engaged in practical workshops on incorporating China into existing curricula, and also designed a roadmap to implement plans crafted in the workshop in order to have something concrete to bring back to their students from this trip.

Immersion in a different society and contact with people from all walks of life is the best way to foster connection at a very human level, and across different worldviews. Asia Society is proud and privileged to facilitate this kind of important bridge-building through our China Studies Seminar. 

Access past China Studies Seminar resources, reflections, and classroom unit plans:

Photos, top to bottom: Seminar participants conduct pop-up interviews with passersby in front of Shanghai’s Jing’an Temple; participants visit children attending summer day-camps at the Shanghai Children’s Palace; participants visit a museum of architecture and furniture on the outskirts of Shanghai.
Career Opportunities at Asia Society
We're seeking a Senior Program Associate to join our China Learning Initiatives, a dedicated and energetic team working to improve Chinese language and culture education across the United States. See the full posting here.
CELIN Connection
From Shuhan Wang and Joy Peyton
We hope you are having a wonderful summer with a change of pace and exciting opportunities that might include summer programs, trips abroad, other learning adventures, or simply relaxing and recharging your battery.

This month we are happy to feature an award-winning program: E.E. Waddell Language Academy in Charlotte, North Carolina. Established in 1993, the academy is one of the oldest immersion programs in North Carolina, offering French, Japanese, German, and Spanish, in addition to Mandarin. In 2012, the American Council on the Teaching for Foreign Languages (ACTFL) in collaboration with the Wright Group/McGraw awarded the school the Melba D. Woodruff Award as an Exemplary Elementary Foreign Language Program. Students in grades K–5 are taught in Mandarin, supplemented by 45 to 60 minutes daily of English Language Arts. Students in grades 6–8 continue to develop their skills through Chinese Language Arts. They also participate in a student exchange program with a partner school in China and host their exchange partners in Charlotte. Many Waddell Language Academy students have studied at foreign universities and started international careers. Read more about the school and how it has served as a model for other Chinese immersion schools and participated in various research initiatives within and outside North Carolina.

Recently we wrote a blog arguing that “Transforming Chinese Language Learning is Key for Global Engagement.” Based on the CELIN Brief, Designing and Implementing Chinese Language Programs: Preparing Students for the Real World, it was published in EdWeek, July 2016. You can also read it in the July 26 ACTFL SmartBrief and the July 28 JNCL-NCLIS News Brief, along with many other interesting articles related to language education.

More and more readers are accessing the CELIN program directory. Please make sure that your Chinese language program is included. The directory documents all types of Chinese language programs, whether they are public, private, heritage, or charter. They can be exploratory, Chinese as a foreign language (as a Special in elementary school), or immersion. We also want to include preschool programs in the directory. Documenting your program and updating its information are easy. Just send us an email at; include your program name and contact information, and we will follow up with you. 

Travel Karma: A Family Recounts their Experience in Nanjing
By Jason V. Zeitler
Summer is prime time for students to travel to China. Many shy away from organizing trips for elementary-school students, but schools in Asia Society’s Confucius Classrooms Network have been successfully helping American kids travel to China and exchange with their peers for the last several years. The International School of Tucson’s sister-school partnership with Nanjing Xingzhi Elemetnary School has yielded rewarding and pleasant experiences for kids and families alike. Read on for one account from a trip this summer!
Special Event
Introducing the Asia Society Center for Global Education
Building on six decades of groundbreaking work, we are pleased to announce the launch of the Asia Society Center for Global Education. The Center comprises four initiatives, including China Learning Initiatives, and will transform education by bringing together educators, businesses, and government officials, commissioning research, publishing insights, and partnering with schools and education systems to change policy and practice. Please join us on September 22 for a panel discussion focusing on today's most pressing global education topics. Learn more »
News and Opportunities from the Field
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). Learn more. 

Global Competence Certificate Courses: The Global Competence Certificate (GCC) program was designed for in-service educators. To better meet the demand, GCC courses are now available outside of the full certificate program. Deadline to enroll: August 24, 2016

Global Education Forum: Please join us for the 2016 Global Education Forum in Philadelphia. This year's theme is "Learning With and From the World." Early bird registration is now open. Conference dates: October 13–15, 2016

Franklin R. Buchanan Prize: The Association for Asian Studies 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. Deadline: November 1, 2016

#GlobalEdChat: Join us weekly on Twitter for #GlobalEdChat, an hour-long discussion on current issues in global education. Thursdays at 8 pm Eastern time.
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