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Upcoming Chinese language conferences

December 28, 2012

From the Asia Society newsletter:

News and Opportunities from the Field

Teach in China Summer 2013: Sino-American Bridge for Education and Health is offering a five-week travel opportunity with Chinese teachers of English while sharing American methods of teaching English based heavily on oral interchange. Application deadline: December 31, 2012 > Learn more.

Call for Proposals: The 2013 ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) will be held November 22–24, 2013, with pre-convention workshops on November 21 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. ACTFL is now accepting proposals. Deadline: January 9, 2103 > Learn more.

Concordia Language Villages: Summer Villages combine world language immersion, new cultural experiences, and summer camp fun. Early-bird registration has been extended to January 3, 2013; deadline for scholarship applications is February 28, 2013. > Learn more about programs andscholarships.

Host a Guest Teacher: The Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP) places EFL teachers from China in U.S. K–12 host schools for an academic year where they teach Mandarin language and culture. This program aims to increase the number of Americans teaching and learning these critical languages. TCLP provides teachers’ salaries, healthcare, roundtrip airfare, training, professional development funds, and ongoing program support. Selected host schools also receive access to grant opportunities. Application deadline: January 23, 2013 > Contact:

Connect Internationally with American Councils for International Education: Educational Seminars Program provides short-term professional development opportunities to U.S. teachers and administrators for one-way professional development programs to China. Educational Seminars provide airfare, training, travel healthcare, and living costs. Application deadline: TBD, 2013  >

Intensive Summer Language Institute (ISLI): This program provides fully funded fellowships for non-native speakers of Chinese who are teaching Chinese to spend six weeks overseas studying intermediate and advanced-level Chinese in Changchun, China. Fellowships are available to current K–12 teachers and community college instructors of Mandarin Chinese, as well as to students enrolled in education programs who intend to teach Mandarin. Program runs June 18–August 3, 2013. Application deadline: February 11, 2013 > Learn more.

Call for Proposals: The Annual Language Symposium 2013, co-sponsored by Northwestern University, University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, and DePaul University, welcomes proposals from language instructors at all levels (high school and college/university-level) as well as researchers; all languages are welcome. This year’s symposium topic is “World Languages and the Roles They Play in Academia,” and will be hosted by Northwestern University April 12–13, 2013. Submission deadline: February 14, 2013. > Learn more.

2013 Educational Tours to China with the U.S.–China Education Council: Tour packages on offer include the Best of China (10 days), the Yangtze River Cruise (12 days), and Tibet & China’s Best (12 Days). > Learn more.

Global Learning for Educators: This free, year-long webinar series from Asia Society’s Partnership for Global Learning continues with a diverse and engaging winter line-up. Topics include teacher preparation, project-based learning, expanded learning programs, and world language teaching. Please see details below and register today!

Adventures in Project-Based Global Learning 

Hear from educators who are employing project-based global learning to give students the skills they need to connect, cooperate, and compete in a global environment. Learn how they have implemented a school-wide global learning program that incorporates projects and service learning across the curriculum. Teachers and the school leader will share their struggles and successes to help guide you on your own journey to preparing students for their global futures.
Presenters: Teachers and principal, Terri Holden, Academy of Global Studies at Winton Woods High School, Cincinnati, Ohio
Date: January 10, 2013

Time: 5:30-6:30 PM EST


China and Globalization

The most robust, dynamic, and successful language programs connect language learning with other interdisciplinary and authentic learning—within the school and out in the wider world. Through Asia Society’s new website,China and Globalization, you can access a framework and interactive materials for teachers and students to take part in this kind of learning. Chinese language and Social Studies teachers alike will find this site to be a valuable resource. Join us for an introduction to China and Globalization and to hear from a Chinese teacher who has used these units in her classroom and expanded them to suit the proficiency levels, interest areas, and dynamics of her students.

Presenters: Eleise Jones, Education and Chinese Language Initiatives, Asia Society
Rongfen Sun Burford, Chinese Teacher, Tyee Middle School, Bellevue, Washington
Date: January 24, 2013

Time: 8:00-9:00 PM EST


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