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

June/July 2016

In this Issue
Ten Lessons for Language Immersion Programs
CELIN Connection
TEQ Time
Online Resources
News and Opportunities
Ten Lessons for Language Immersion Programs

Language immersion programs are on the rise and are proving to be impactful—especially as a strategy for addressing issues of equity. Considered to be the most innovative way to teach students a language, teachers only use the target (second) language in the classroom to teach most, or all, curricular content. Among world language program offerings, immersion is producing the best results, especially among younger students.

Recently, Nancy Rhodes, Language Education Consultant, Center for Applied Linguistics, presented to the Chinese Early Language Immersion Network (CELIN) Leadership Forum on the lessons she learned through interviews with sixteen top immersion language specialists. Heather Singmaster shares these lessons, as well as examples from immersion programs across the country, in a new Global Learning blog post.

CELIN Connection

Welcome to summer! As the new season approaches, many of you are taking a long-deserved summer vacation and participating in STARTALK summer programs, trips abroad, and other exciting activities. We hope that these months are filled with rich engagement and learning opportunities.

This month we are happy to feature the profile of the Chinese language program in Glastonbury Public Schools, in Glastonbury, Connecticut, which has been in existence for over 60 years. This award-winning program offers Chinese language learning opportunities in grades P–12 and was one of the first cohorts of schools to be recognized as a Confucius Classroom. The program has strong involvement with STARTALK summer programs for students and teachers in grades K–12, with dynamic descriptions of the approaches that they use.

Chinese and Spanish language learning opportunities are increasing significantly in Delaware. In May, Governor Jack Markell announced plans to expand Delaware's language immersion program and to include students after they leave elementary school. By this fall, almost 3,000 students in grades K–4 will spend half of the school day learning Mandarin or Spanish, and a middle-school immersion advisory committee is studying how to expand the program beyond elementary school. At a celebratory event with schools across the Caesar Rodney School District, Governor Markell said, "These children are already speaking, writing, and learning in their immersion language each day. With our commitment, they will graduate from our public schools with the language skills to compete in an ever-changing global economy at home and around the world."

Please take this opportunity to register your Chinese language program with us or update your information in the CELIN program directory. If you would prefer, you can send us an email, giving us your program name and contact information, and we will follow up with you.

Shuhan Wang and Joy Peyton

CELIN is the Chinese Early Language and Immersion Network under Asia Society's China Learning Initiatives.

TEQ Time

For this month's TEQ Time, we're pulling from the archives to feature Ms. Sun Burford's Grades 7 & 8 Novice Chinese Class at Tyee Middle School in Washington state. See her classroom in action in the video below, and find her accompanying lesson plan here.


Online Resources

How Muhammad Ali Helped to End China’s 20-Year Ban on Boxing
Ali made two important visits to China during his lifetime. In 1985, he wrote in the China Youth News: "Now that you are open to the world, never lose your culture, because others will try to give you their culture. It will be a great fight." He embraced China, and China embraced him back. Read more at the South China Morning Post.

Quantifying Simplified Chinese
What can we say mathematically about the difference between the simplified and traditional Chinese writing systems? An MIT student breaks it down for us.

WWE Superstar Takes his Mandarin Skills to a New Level
At a recent press event in Shanghai, entertainment wrestling superstar John Cena delivered a nearly 3-minute speech in Mandarin—impressing both native speakers and learners of Chinese with his fluency. What do you think of his fluency? Watch and listen to his delivery here.

News and Opportunities from the Field 
Summer is here! In our June / July issue, you will find opportunities and resources for language teachers.

Chinese Bridge Delegation: The College Board is pleased to announce the 2016 Chinese Bridge Delegation, a weeklong program (November 9–18, 2016) in China to help educators start or strengthen their institution's Chinese programs and partnerships. Highlights include school visits, cultural activities, and educational workshops. Leaders from K–12 institutions are invited to apply for this unique educational visit to China as guests of Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban). Priority application deadline: July 18. Learn more and apply.

CARLA Summer Institutes: There are still slots open for the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) Summer Institutes for Language Teachers and Summer Institutes for Immersion Teachers. Learn more.

Host an Exchange Student: Hosting a U.S. government-funded international exchange student brings classroom lessons into your home in ways far more effective than any book or teacher could describe. Different perspectives open windows to the world, and host families and their exchange students form bonds that can last a lifetime. Learn more.
2016 ACTFL Proficiency Training Summer Institute: OPI Assessment Workshops: The ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Assessment Workshop is a four-day professional development workshop designed to introduce language educators to the Oral Proficiency Interview, the ACTFL rating scale, and the techniques for conducting and rating oral proficiency interviews. In daily plenary presentations, participants address general concepts and strategies for oral proficiency testing. This information is then reinforced and practiced in language-specific break-out sessions by observing model interviews, participating in hands-on rating activities, and conducting and rating live practice interviews. These practice interviews and ratings are discussed and critiqued in the language-specific groups. Following the workshop, eligible participants may pursue Limited or Full OPI Tester Certification (must have Superior level proficiency to apply). ACTFL is also offering a two-day intensive Modified OPI Workshop. Learn more.

The Certificate Program in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL): Columbia University's Teachers College is accepting applications for the 2016–2017 academic year. The TCSOL certificate program is a one-year program, providing the state-of-the-art training in Chinese pedagogy and educational linguistics. The program offers a cutting-edge curriculum that sets trainees on a fast and efficient track to gain knowledge and skills necessary for operating effectively in current and future classrooms in various contexts. The program spans 12 weekends over one academic year (Fall and Spring semesters) and is ideal for both pre-service teachers and in-service teachers who look to develop or enhance their ability to teach through an accelerated program.The deadline to apply is July 30, 2016. Learn more.

2016 Global Education Forum: Early Bird Registration is Open!
Philadelphia (Tyler Sprague/Flickr)Please join us for this year's Global Education Forum, which will take place October 13–15 in Philadelphia with the theme "Learning With and From the World."

The Global Education Forum serves as an opportunity to engage in a critical conversation between K–12 and higher education educators about how best to prepare students for a global world. Early Bird Registration is open! Register today.

See you in August!
China Learning Initiatives Team
Asia Society Center for Global Education
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