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

April 2016

In this Issue
Bringing 'American Food'
  to the Streets of China
CELIN Connection
Online Resources
News and Opportunities
This week, the China Learning Initiatives Team is traveling to Chicago for the 2016 National Chinese Language Conference. We look forward to seeing many of you in Chicago!
In this April issue of Chinese Language Matters, you will find exciting content about the conference and much more.

Howie Southworth sharing a luau on Bo’ao Beach in "Sauced in Translation" episode 4 in Hainan, China. (Howie Southworth)
Howie Southworth sharing a luau on Bo'ao Beach in "Sauced in Translation" episode 4 in Hainan, China. (Howie Southworth)

Bringing 'American Food' to the Streets of China

What do the Chinese consider as American food? How does one introduce authentic American food to the Chinese in a fun and acceptable way? How does one convey "the essence" of China to American friends?

To find out, Asia Society interviewed Howie Southworth, a cookbook author, video producer and gastronomic sinophile. Howie started a web series Sauced in Translation in order to give both his Chinese and American friends a window into the other's world through the most basic tool of cross-cultural communication: food.  

We are excited to have Howie Southworth join a panel on how food serves as a cultural ambassador at the 2016 National Chinese Language Conference in Chicago, the theme of which is "Ambassadorship in Action."

Join Howie Southworth and other food panelists at the 2016 National Chinese Language Conference in an engaging conversation and discussion on how food has become a connecting force among peoples and nations. Follow us and join the conversation by tweeting with the hashtag #ChineseNCLC16.

CELIN Connection

We are looking forward to seeing many of you at the 2016 National Chinese Language Conference this week in Chicago. CELIN will hold the following sessions on Friday, April 29. Please come and participate with us!
  • Developing Initial Literacy in Chinese: What Administrators Need to Know: 10–11 a.m., Continental C, Lobby Level
  • Chinese Language Learning for the Real World: 2:30–3:30 p.m., Continental A, Lobby Level
  • Mapping Chinese Language Learning Outcomes: 3:45–4:45 p.m., Continental A, Lobby Level
  • Effective Study Abroad Programs for K–12 Students: 5–6 p.m., Salon A3, Lower Level
CELIN Briefs are now fully available online in both English and Chinese. The briefs respond to an urgent need in the field of Chinese early language and immersion education for research-based information; examples of best practices; and resources for teachers, educators, and parents. Renowned scholars and experts in the field address critical issues encountered in Chinese language programs for students at all ages. A flyer with succinct information about the briefs can also be downloaded and shared.

The briefs discuss these three important topics:
  • Designing and Implementing Chinese Language Programs: Preparing Students for the Real World
  • Developing Initial Literacy in Chinese
  • Mapping Chinese Language Learning Outcomes in Grades K-12
Please spread the word share the briefs and the flyer with your colleagues and with parents in your programs. We plan to publish more briefs in the future. We would love to know what topics would be helpful to you in your work.

Glenwood Elementary School contestants performing in a speech competition with Confucius Institute at NC State. (North Carolina Public Schools)We are pleased this month to feature the Chinese language and culture programs in North Carolina, which have seen significant growth since their beginning in 2004. As a result of strong collaboration of many different stakeholders (including the State Board of Education, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, and other state partners), over 12,000 students in grades K–12 participate in Chinese language and culture courses, offered face to face and online.  

If you haven’t done so yet, please 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.

CELIN is the Chinese Early Language and Immersion Network under China Learning Initiatives.

Online Resources

An elementary school Japanese language class in Seattle. (Sarah Lovrien/Asia Society)World Language Teachers Find Familiar Ground with the Common Core
At the 2015 National Chinese Language Conference (NCLC), Heather Clydesdale reported on a breakout session on how world language teachers can align their curriculum with the Common Core State Standards in an article that provides solid examples of how the alignment can be achieved.

At the upcoming 9th NCLC, taking place this week, more than 80 breakout sessions with topics in strands including Curriculum and Instruction, China Across the Curriculum, and much more are offered. Check out the list of topics on the NCLC website.

Is Language Immersion Right for My Child?
Many parents wonder if language immersion programs are right for their child. In a recent article, Heather Singmaster, assistant director of education at Asia Society, answers some of the most common questions parents have about immersion such as:
  1. Is it true that language immersion is better for their brains?
  2. Will my child be confused?
  3. Will they learn English as well as their peers who are not in immersion?
Read on.
News and Opportunities from the Field 

Summer is right around the corner, and in our April issue, you will find opportunities and resources for language teachers on summer courses and workshops.
STARTALK: Transitioning to Teaching Language Online: This STARTALK program is for K-16 teachers of critical languages who want to teach their language online. Offered completely online, this 3-week, intensive course will give teacher participants the experience of being an online learner. Course content will focus on many different facets of a successful online language course, such as creating community, time management strategies for teachers and students, choosing appropriate technology tools for communicative-based activities, and developing a variety of online activity types. In addition to exploring these aspects of teaching online, participants will see these concepts in action in a model online language activities. By the end of the course, participants will have a portfolio of activities ready to be incorporated in an online course. Teachers will be awarded a certificate of completion upon finishing course requirements Program dates are June 13–July 3, 2016, and applications are due by May 2, 2016. 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 week(end)s 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.

China Learning Initiatives Team
Asia Society
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