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Chinese Language Matters September 29, 2016
There is a recurring theme in the content we send you each month in Chinese Language Matters: global education. With Asia Society’s newly launched Center for Global Education, as well as upcoming forums, conferences, and chats on the subject, this is a topic that’s trending in all corners of education. As language and culture instruction is a cornerstone of global competence, language educators are central to this broad initiative. We hope you enjoy learning more about global education in this issue and keep your ears open for opportunities to learn more, contribute to the movement, and represent Chinese language and culture education as an important part of the effort.
Language Study: Passport to Global Citizenship
On September 22, Asia Society launched the Center for Global Education (CGE) to address one of today’s most critical challenges: how to educate all students for employability and citizenship in a global era. CGE will bring together the most influential educators, businesses, and government officials; commission research and publish insights; and partner with schools and education systems to change policy and practice. “Today’s problems transcend international borders and demand global cooperation,” said Asia Society President and CEO Josette Sheeran. “Meeting these challenges requires a new educational model, one that prepares students to be successful in a globalized world.” Read highlights from the day »

Language study is a critical and rewarding process for students as part of this new educational model — and truly a passport to global citizenship. Our China Learning Initiatives will continue to be an integral part of CGE as we aim to make Mandarin language learning mainstream in the U.S., and help the American public get to know, understand, and communicate with China. The National Chinese Language Conference and China Studies Seminar are annual events where teachers and administrators can build on the network and knowledge they need to bring global citizenship education to their students. 

The CGE Advisory Council will be co-chaired by Dr. Lizhong Yu, vice chairman and chancellor of NYU Shanghai since 2012, along with social entrepreneur Ido Leffler. In advance of the CGE launch, Asia Blog spoke to Yu about the genesis of NYU Shanghai, the advantages of global-minded education, and why global competence is necessary "to do well and to do good." Read Chancellor Yu's interview »

Photo, from left: Angel Gurría, secretary-general of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); Irina Bokova, director-general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); Kevin Rudd, President, Asia Society Policy Institute (Ellen Wallop/Asia Society).
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 »
CELIN Connection
From Shuhan Wang and Joy Peyton
We hope you are having a smooth transition to the fall and a new school year. We at CELIN are excited to be able to work with all of you for another year, providing information, resources, and connections.

This month we feature the Chinese World Language Program in Chicago Public Schools (CPS). The program was started in 1999 with 3 schools, and now has 45 schools (24 elementary and middle schools, and 21 high schools), which serve around 13,000 students. Sixty-one full-time Chinese world language teachers teach in the program, all of whom are certified by the Illinois State Board of Education. In 2006, in partnership with Hanban and Shanghai East China Normal University, CPS opened the Confucius Institute in Chicago (CIC), the first Confucius Institute in the United States that focuses primarily on Chinese language and cultural education in grades K–12. CIC was awarded the title of “Confucius Institute of the Year” for four consecutive years, from 2007 to 2010, and the directors were named “Director of the Year” for three years, in 2008, 2009, and 2011.

The Sixth International Conference on Immersion and Dual Language Education: Connecting Research and Practice Across Contexts will be held by the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN, October 20–22. CELIN will present on “Curricular Tools for Chinese Language and Immersion Programs” on Saturday, October 22, 11:15–12:15 AM, and feature the information presented in our CELIN Briefs. Please come to the session, say hello, and tell us about your program and the resources that you need.

A popular part of CELIN’s activity is to document Chinese language programs in the United States in the CELIN program directory. Please make sure that your program is included. The directory documents all types of Chinese language programs, including public, private, heritage, and 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. It's easy to document your program and update its information! Just send us an email at; include your program name and contact information, and we will follow up with you.
Screenshot from Jesse Appell's episode on Chinese tones
China Straight Up
Back to School with the Great LOL of China
Leave it to comedian Jesse Appell to find humor in the cadenced pronunciation of Chinese words, the tones of which differentiate meaning between them.

As a student of Mandarin, Appell discovered (to both his chagrin and amusement) that "the tone of how you say the word completely changes the meaning, to the point where a lot of times, especially without context, Chinese people have no idea what you’re saying if you say the word in the wrong way."

Appell wonders: Would it be possible, even, to make music directly with the Chinese language? His crew takes on the challenge with verve! Your students will love their mesmerizing and clever a cappella rendition of "Let's Go Eat Fruit" (吃水果去/chī shuí guǒ qù). Check out their song and more »
Save the Date for NCLC 2017, April 6-8, 2017, in Houston, TX. Submit a proposal today!
Apply to Lead a Session at NCLC 2017!
The request for proposals for the 2017 NCLC is now open. Apply to lead a session today »
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 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.

NSLI-Y Scholarships to Study Abroad: The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, offers merit-based schoalrships for students to study a less commonly taught language. Application deadline: October 29, 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. Submission deadline: November 1, 2016.

Global Education Conference: The 7th annual Global Education Conference takes place November 13–16, 2016. The call for proposals for this virtual event is open. RFP Deadline: November 1, 2016.

The Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching Program: Participants in this three- to six- month program for U.S. teachers (or four-month program for international teachers) are based at university-level schools of education. They take courses, lead master classes and seminars, visit local schools, collaborate with each other online and in person, and complete an inquiry project of their design. Application deadline for U.S. teachers: December 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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