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March 1, 2012

From the  Chinese Language Initiatives Team
Asia Society

News and Opportunities from the Field

2012 National Chinese Language Conference: The program and speaker line-up is now online! This year’s NCLC will be packed with expert and helpful sessions on immersion and early Chinese language learning, technology and innovation in language education, arts and culture, plus networking opportunities and a very special performance by I SING BEIJING. Don’t miss out on the popular school visits and preconference workshops – they’re filling up fast! > Visit:


The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) 2012 Summer Institutes: Online registration is now open for the CARLA summer institutes for immersion teachers and for language teachers. > Learn more.


Call for Proposals: The Fourth International Immersion Conference, “Bridging Contexts for a Multilingual World,” will be held in St. Paul, MN, October 18–20, 2012. CARLA is currently seeking proposals for papers, discussion sessions, and symposia on aspects of language immersion education related to four conference themes: Immersion Pedagogy and Assessment; Culture, Identity, and Community; Program Design, Leadership, and Evaluation; Policy, Advocacy, and Communications. The deadline for submissions is March 2, 2012. > Learn more.


Intensive Summer Language Institutes (ISLI) provides fellowships for U.S. classroom teachers to spend six weeks overseas studying intermediate and advanced-level Chinese in Changchun, China. Current K–12 teachers, community college instructors of Mandarin Chinese, and students enrolled in education programs who intend to teach Chinese can apply. All travel and study-related costs are fully covered. Application Deadline: March 2, 2012 > Learn more.


Technology and Chinese Language Teaching (TCLT7) Call for Papers: Co-sponsored with Hamilton College, the National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC) and the National Resource Center East Asia (NRCEA) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa will host the 7th International Conference and Workshops on Technology and Chinese Language Teaching in the 21st Century (TCLT7) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. Conference dates: May 25–27, 2012 > Learn more.


Call for Abstracts: The first Maryland International Conference on Chinese as a Second Language will be held at the University of Maryland, College Park, November 11–12, 2012. Any papers related to the learning and teaching of Chinese as a second language are welcome. Abstracts due May 31, 2012. > Learn more.


Summer Study in China: China Institute is pleased to announce that its SSC program will offer two sessions this year: SSC-Beijing and SSC-Shanghai. Both sessions, in addition to employing an intensive language-learning curriculum that covers the equivalent of at least one year of high school-level Mandarin, seek to provide students with the tools necessary to fully contextualize their diverse experiences abroad. The programs will run for 4–5 weeks between the dates of July 5 and August 11. > Learn more.


Workshops for Language Educators. Online registration is now open for the 2012 Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education and Research (CALPER) workshops at Penn State. Workshop dates: July 16–25, 2012 > Learn more.


Landon-in-China, a four-week cultural and linguistic immersion program, is built upon the long relationship between the Landon School (Bethesda, MD) and its three sister schools in Beijing, Chengdu, and Shanghai. The program is open to students in rising 9th grade and above and will take place July 20 to August 17, 2012. No prior knowledge of Chinese is required. > To learn more, visit Landon-in-China or e-mail Dr. Dali Tan:


In the Media

Back to School for U.S. and China VPs

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping visited Asia Society’s International Studies Learning Center in Los Angeles on the last day of the Chinese official’s U.S. tour. Read more about their visit and the so-called ‘knowledge imbalance’ between the U.S. and China.


Taking the World by Linstorm (or, )

English speakers aren’t the only ones obsessed with punning on NY Knicks player Jeremy Lin. See the top 5 Jeremy Lin puns in China and Taiwan.


OMG! What an Opportunity!

Have you heard of Jessica Beinecke, also known as Bai Jie, also known as the peppy, Mandarin-fluent host of Voice of America’s “OMG! 美语”? If not, head on over to The Atlantic to learn more about her career path – from studying Chinese at Ohio University, Middlebury College, and in China, to hosting a monthly travel show which became a popular daily online show – as well as her tips for students learning Chinese. In this short video, she explains how “OMG! 美语” is a platform for encouraging cross-cultural conversation.


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