CHENG & TSUI Professional Development Award for Teachers of Chinese

Call for Applications:

(Deadline: May 31)

Thanks to the generosity of Cheng & Tsui Company, the Cheng & Tsui Professional Development Award for Teachers of Chinese is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of teachers of Chinese, especially teachers new to the field. (See Cheng & Tsui Company President Jill Cheng’s speech on November 17, 2000.) The award is given to support the attendance of pre-collegiate (including heritage school) and collegiate teachers at training workshops, seminars, conferences, and other in-service learning experiences at local, national, or international levels; and/or to collaborate with a mentor teacher. Teacher training workshops and seminars attended by the applicant should be focused on Chinese pedagogy and issues of Chinese teaching and learning. The fund has designated an annual amount of $1,000 to be divided between at least two teachers each year.

To apply for the Cheng & Tsui Professional Development Award for Teachers of Chinese, please submit 1) a one-page statement stating the purpose to which you would put the Award, the amount of subsidy requested, and a proposed budget and 2) a current Curriculum Vitae as email attachments to the CLTA Headquarters at clta@uvm.edu by May 31.  Applicants for this award should have the CLTA membership status valid throughout the current year.

Please DO NOT identify yourself and your institute in the main body of your statement of purpose. Identifying information will be removed prior to forwarding to the committee for anonymous review.

Notification of winner(s) will be sent by email on June 15. The name(s) of winner(s) will be announced and Award(s) presented at the CLTA Annual Meeting. The name(s) of winner(s) will also be reported in the January issue of the CLTA Newsletter and on this web page.


Past Recipients:

2003: Jin-huei Enya Dai (University of California, Santa Barbara)
CLTA Paper Title: “Character-based Situational Instruction.”
2004: Peng Wang (Georgetown University)
CLTA Paper Title: “Using Internet to Facilitate a Business Chinese Course.”
2005: Hsiao-Chi Su (Chinese American International School, San Francisco)
Project: “Week-long workshop at the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition, University of Minnesota.”Yan Xie (Northfield Mt. Hermon High School, Massachusetts)
CLTA Paper Title: “Establishing the Positive Attitude Toward Learning Chinese: Considering the Motivational Differences in Teaching Heritage and Non-heritage Students.”
2006: Jianling Liao (University of Iowa)
CLTA Paper Title: “The Impacts of Synchronous Electronic Discussions on L2 Chinese Essay Writing.”
2007: Yongfang Zhang (The Ohio State University)
CLTA Paper Title: “Written Chinese (shumianyu): A Sequential Approach to Build Learners’ Comprehension.”Chunxia Wang (University of California at Davis)
CLTA Paper Title: “PowerPoint-Facilitated Classroom Chinese Language Teaching: Five Design Principles.”
2008: Yunghung Sandra Hsiao (Indian Trail Academy, Kenosha, WI.)
Project/Purpose: “Attending a one-week workshop on Chinese pedagogy at Singapore American School, Singapore..”Ming Tang (Father Ryan High School, Nashville, TN.)
Project/Purpose: “Attending the 2008 CLTA/ACTFL conference in Orlando, FL..”
2009: Yan Wang, (Fayette County Public Schools, Lexington, KY)
Project/Purpose: Attending 2009 CLTA/ACTFL conference in San Diego and presenting a paper about a standard-based, proficiency focused Chinese K-3 curriculum.Caryn Rossi Louie (North Carolina School for Science and Mathematics, Durham, NC)
Project/Purpose: Attending the 2009 National Chinese Language Conference in Chicago for developing knowledge and skills in using interactive videoconferencing to teach Chinese across the state of North Carolina.Chen-hui Tsai (The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA)
Project/Purpose: Attending 2009 CLTA/ACTFL conference in San Diego and presenting a paper entitled “CFL Teacher Technology Development: Practice and Challenges.”
2010: Shu-ling Wu 吳淑鈴 (University of Hawaii at Manoa)
Project/Purpose: Support her presentation on L2 Chinese acquisition at the 1st Teachers College, Columbia University Round Table in Second Language Studies.Jia Yang 杨佳 (The Ohio State University)
Project/Purpose: Attend the CLTA conference and 2 workshops at the conference.
2011: LIAO Haohsiang (Ph.D. candidate in Chinese Language Pedagogy at Ohio State University) – to attend the OPI Familiarization Workshop at ACTFL/CLTA in Denver.YE Lijuan (Ph.D. candidate in Applied Linguistics at Georgia State University) – to attend the ACTFL/CLTA Conference in Denver and to present her paper “Should We Delay Teaching Chinese Characters in US-based Chinese Programs?”
2013: Ying Feng, University of Mississippi – to cover the cost of transportation to attend Middlebury’s Chinese MA program and the fees for textbooks. Ying Liu, Ursinus College – to attend an OPI workshop at ACTFL and make a presentation at the CLTA annual conference in Orlando, Florida.
2014: Carl Polley, Lecturer in Languages, Linguistics and Literature, University of Hawai’i Kapi’olani Community College – to support attendance and presentation at the First CLTA International Symposium on Chinese Language Teaching and Learning (CLTA-ISCLTL), October 25 and 26, 2014, at Indiana University in Bloomington. Ruihua Liu, Chinese teacher in the Houston Independent School District – to defray the cost of her participation in the STARTALK program at the University of Hawaii this summer.
2015: Qiaona Yu, the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Qiuping Yuan, the Lake Shore High School, Michigan