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Chinese Language Matters August 23, 2017
Students work together in Guo Ruijian's class.
Watch Our Newest Videos on Teaching to Standards in Your Classroom
The Latest in Our TEQ Series
We're excited to continue the release of Asia Society's TEQ series of instructional videos for Chinese language teaching. This month, we have a traditional, 25-minute TEQ lesson and a 10-minute activity that focuses on a particular technique or approach.

This month's videos include:
Key Sentence Presentation: An activity from Shwu-fen Lin at Princeton High School in New Jersey, for 11th and 12th graders at an intermediate-mid level.
Guo Ruijian
What Fruit Shall We Buy? A full lesson from teacher Guo Ruijian at Kensington Elementary School in North Carolina, for kindergarten children in Chinese immersion at a novice-mid level.
Tragically, Ms. Guo has passed away since the filming of this video. Her colleagues and students have created a beautiful tribute to her memory, which you can see at the end of the video.

Check out our Q&A with Dr. Wei-ling Wu, designer of the TEQ series, for more on how to use these professional development units.

As always, we welcome feedback on these videos to make them as useful and effective as possible! Let us know what you think about the two different formats, or any other comments or suggestions you may have.

Also, if you missed the total eclipse on Tuesday, or couldn’t get enough of it, book your trip to Beijing now for September 2, 2035!
CELIN Connection
From Shuhan Wang and Joy Peyton
This month we are happy to feature the Chinese immersion programs offered across the state of Minnesota. With early support from the Minnesota Department of Education, parents, teachers, and the Center for Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA), Minnesota’s language immersion programs have enjoyed consistent growth in student enrollment in elementary school programs and in program extensions to middle and high school content courses. While language programs in Minnesota are locally determined and supported, the Minnesota Department of Education supports the study of world languages by providing technical assistance and visa sponsorship for visiting teachers for various programs across the state, including sponsorship for teachers through the Confucius Institutes and Hangzhou Foreign Language School. The program profile describes the programs in five school districts and charter schools in the state and the organizations and initiatives that enrich the program’s offerings and quality.

We want to let you know about an exciting upcoming event: The University of Washington and Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey are co-hosting the Third Chinese Innovation Forum at the University of Washington's Seattle campus on October 7, 2017. Ludwig Wittgenstein said, "There are remarks that sow, and remarks that reap." This forum aims to sow the seeds of innovation among change makers and leading innovative educators in Chinese language education. Its mission is to jump-start the conversation and later create a sustainable conversation about Chinese language education and innovative pedagogy, eventually changing the Chinese language education landscape. This year's theme is "Interaction & Engagement," and 50+ active participants will participate in the dialogue about innovation in language education. Keynote speakers are Aida Walqui and Cornelius Kubler.

As more families and students are interested in studying Chinese language and culture, parents and educators have been searching for information about Chinese language programs. Make sure that your programs are on the map in the interactive CELIN Program Directory. Just send an email to Ethan Pan (; include your program name and contact information, and he will follow up with you.
An American Teenager's Perspective on the World's Hardest Test
Julia McMahon-Cole traveled to Jingmen, China to speak with families of students sitting for the 高考 (Gaokao)—China's national college entrance exam. Head over to Education Week to read some of her encounters and observations.
From Our Archives to Your Classroom
More Great Resources and Activities
Students in a Chinese classroomTang Dynasty Poems The Facebook of the 7th Century

Efficiency in Communication Understanding Communication Choices

Chinese Inventions Introducing Chinese History and Technology

Create a Language Understanding Expression

Chinese Cutouts Learning about the History of Paper

What's in Your Toolbox? Ten Implements to Improve Your Teaching
News and Opportunities from the Field
Career Opportunities at Asia Society: Our Center for Global Education is seeking an Executive Associate to join our team in developing globally competent graduates and young adults prepared to inspire, lead, and participate in a global economy and society. See the full posting for details.  

The US–China Strong Foundation is accepting applications for Fall 2017 Research Assistants. They're looking for bright, ambitious undergraduates, graduate students, or young professionals who are passionate about US–China relations. Application deadline: August 25, 2017.

Third Chinese Innovation Forum: University of Washington in Seattle and Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS) will co-host the Third Chinese Innovation Forum at UW Seattle campus on October 7, 2017. Learn more and register.

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, 2017.

Chinese Tutoring Program: Offered by the Center for International Foreign Language Teacher Education (CIFLTE) at Teachers College, Columbia University, CTP provides one-on-one tutoring to help learners develop communicative skills in Mandarin Chinese. Spring 2018 lessons will take place January 7–April 28 in person, online, or both. Application Deadline: December 23, 2017.

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