2017 Professional Development Grants

CLTA-USA has awarded the 2017 Professional Development Grants to the following regional associations:

CLTA-California,  CLTA-Oregon,  CLTA-Texas, CLTA-Virginia, CLTA-Washington, New England CLTA, Oklahoma-CLTA, CLTA-Indiana

Please visit here for more information about regional associations affiliated with CLTA-USA:

http://clta-us.org/about-clta/regional-cltas/

National Collegiate Chinese Honor Society

The National Collegiate Chinese Honor Society is founded to recognize the outstanding academic achievement of college students in learning Chinese as a second language, to encourage them to continue to study Chinese after they graduate from college, and to promote the study of Chinese language, literature, and culture in the United States.

This year the National Collegiate Chinese Honor Society inducted 25 students. Congratulations to the Honor students and their faculty sponsors! For a full list, please visit

http://clta-us.org/the-national-collegiate-chinese-honor-society/2017-national-collegiate-chinese-honor-society/

 

2017 Professional Development Grants

The CLTA-USA has awarded the 2017 Professional Development Grants to the following regional associations:

CLTA-California,  CLTA-Oregon,  CLTA-Texas, CLTA-Virginia, CLTA-Washington, New England CLTA, Oklahoma-CLTA, CLTA-Indiana

Please visit here for more information about regional associations affiliated with CLTA-USA:

http://clta-us.org/about-clta/regional-cltas/

Cheng & Tsui Professional Development Award for Teachers of Chinese

Cheng & Tsui Professional Development Award for Teachers of Chinese is now calling for applications. The award supports the attendance of pre-collegiate 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. The application deadline is October 31, 2017. For more information, please visit the CLTA Awards page.

Cengage Learning Awards for Innovative Excellence in the Teaching of Chinese as a Foreign Language

Cengage Learning Awards for Innovative Excellence in the Teaching of Chinese as a Foreign Language is calling for applications. CLTA members who wish to improve Chinese Foreign Language education in the US through the design, development, and application of new pedagogy, innovative classroom practices, and teaching tools (e.g. multi-media) are welcome to apply. The proposal deadline is November 31, 2017. For further information, please visit the CLTA Awards page.

Report on the 2016 Annual Membership Meeting

CLTA’s Annual Membership Meeting was held in Boston, MA during the ACTFL’s Annual Conference on Saturday, November 19, 2016. The meeting kicked off with a reception – many thanks to the sponsors for the wonderful meal. CLTA’s President, Helen Shen, started the meeting with a warm welcome and expressed her appreciation for the membership’s support and for the support of CLTA’s Board of Directors.

The 2nd CLTA International Symposium on Chinese Language Teaching and Learning was held on April 1-3 at the University of Maryland, College Park. 300 people were in attendance, which included 2 keynote speeches and 2 plenary speeches with book exhibitions, 130 paper presentations, 10 workshops and 20 teaching demonstrations, and an information session.

As a result of the recent CLTA poll, a majority of the members voted to hold CLTA annual conferences independently. The tentative plan is for the conference to be held in April 2018 in Washington, D.C. Once more details are available, they will be disseminated to the CLTA membership.

The Steering Committee reported that it established 12 special interest groups and created the publication of the CLTA monograph in 2017.  Also, Professor Janet Xing of West Washington University was appointed to serve as the new JCSL Editor.

Afterwards, the Committee Chairs each took a minute to report to the CLTA membership the tasks and goals of each committee.

Congratulations to the following award winners:

  • CLTA Jiede Award: Eric A. Pelzl, University of Maryland, College Park
  • CLTA Action Research Award: Ruihua Liu, International Leadership of Texas
  • Cheng & Tsui Professional Development Grant:  Xue Xia, University of Hawaii at Manoa; Xizhen Qin, University of South Florida
  • CLTA Study Abroad Site Visit Award: Yun Yao, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
  • Tao-chung Ted Yao Memorial Award at CLTA-S2: Eric A. Pelzl, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Tao-chung Ted Yao Memorial Award at ACTFL/CLTA: Liulin Zhang, University of Hawaii at Manoa; Haomin Zhang, Carnegie Mellon University
  • China Sprout Presentation Award: Qiuping Yuan, Lake Shore High School, MI
  • Peking University Press Publication Award: Zhuo Jing-Schmidt, Xinjia Peng and Jing-Yun Chen

For this year’s ACTFL/CLTA Annual Conference, CLTA accepted 50 sessions and 58 papers. Effective January 1, 2017, there will be a membership rate increase across the board. Four new Board Members were elected to the CTLA Board, which include one K-12 teacher and three higher education teachers. CLTA now has 10 regional member associations. This year also marked the initiation of CLTA’s National Collegiate Chinese Honor Society. 31 candidates from 10 institutions were induced to the Society.

In closing, CLTA President Helen Shen acknowledged the outgoing Officers and Board Members: JCSL editor, 2 Officers and 4 Board Members. She then closed the meeting by welcoming the new 2017 Steering Committee, the 2017 Board of Directors, and the 2017 CLTA President Chaofen Sun.

(Written by Lisa Podbilski)

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Figure 1:The CLTA Board of Directors had its annual meeting in Boston on 11/17/2016

 

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Figure 2: Prof. Zheng-sheng Zhang received a plaque of appreciation from Professor Helen Shen, the 2016 President of CLTA, for his 8-year service as the JCLTA editor.

 

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Figure 3: Ms. Ruihua Liu was awarded the 2016 Action Research Grant.

 

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Figure 4: Zhuo Jing-Schmidt, Xinjia Peng and Jing-Yun Chen received the best article prize from Ms. Xiaoxia Deng (first on the right) of the Peking University Press.

Annual Meeting Online Program Update

The 2016 Annual Meeting Online Program has been updated. 07.07.2016

STARTALK 2016 Programs

STARTALK has just published their list of programs for 2016.  Chinese language teachers in the U.S. may apply for a program of interest to them.  Here is the URL: https://startalk.umd.edu/public/find-a-summer-program/?f[0]=im_field_st_language%3A39&f[1]=im_field_program_participant_typ%3A183

Annual Meeting Program – Update

The CLTA Annual Meeting program has been updated (11/13/2015).

Annual Meeting Program

The 2014 CLTA Annual Conference Witnesses Another Year of Growth

By Fangyuan Yuan
With Contributions from Weidong Zhang, Claire Kotenbeutel, and Yea-Fen Chen

Dec.15, 2014

The Chinese Language Teachers Association, USA (CLTA) successfully held its 2014 annual conference in conjunction with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) in San Antonio, TX from Nov. 21-23, 2014, with the theme of “Reaching Global Competence.” This (inter)national event brought together hundreds of Chinese language educators from around the country and attracted a number of international attendants. A dozen publishers and vendors exhibited their recent publications and showcased their services related to Chinese teaching and learning.

This year, the conference featured 70 panels, 11 roundtable discussions, and 4 poster sessions. About 250 presenters shared their research findings and teaching experiences, and discussed issues and challenges relating to teaching and learning Chinese as a second language at different levels. A variety of topics were covered, ranging from classroom research, curriculum design, syllabus development, technology-assisted teaching, articulations between high schools and universities, language policies, study abroad, to textbook development, to name just a few. Almost all the panels were well attended and followed by engaging discussions. In addition, two workshops were offered with more than 60 participants for each on the topics that were particularly attractive to our new/young members: “Empirically-based Instructional Strategies and Best Practices in CFL Classrooms” by Prof. Jin Hong Gang and “Teaching Chinese with Technology” by Professors Phyllis Zhang, Tianwei Xie and Jun Da. As in past years, CLTA set up a special booth hosting the event of meeting-with-authors in which some recent publications authored by our members were displayed.

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One of the important events at the conference was our General Membership Meeting where old friends and new colleagues gathered together, exchanging ideas and renewing friendships. This year’s meeting was chaired by Prof. Hongyin Tao of UCLA, President of the Association for the year 2014. Prof. Tao reported to all the members about the major initiatives, work and achievements of the year 2014, together with the chairs of different committees. Here are some highlights:

  • Professor Emeritus Tianwei Xie of the California State University, Long Beach, received this year’s Walton Lifetime Achievement Award for his years of outstanding service as a Chinese educator in general and invaluable contributions in the area of technology-assisted teaching in Chinese language instruction in particular. Congratulations and Happy Retirement, Professor Xie!
  • One achievement that drew our warm applause is the success of the First International Symposium on Chinese Language Teaching and Learning held at Indiana University – Bloomington in October 2014. According to Yea-Fen Chen, Chair of the symposium’s organizing committee, there were about 300 scholars and Chinese instructors from a number of countries coming to the symposium, which truly was “international”. Prof. Tao extended special thanks to everyone who made it a great success and announced that the second symposium will be held at the University of Maryland in 2016 with the exact dates to be determined.
  • Thanks to the generosity of our donors and timeless efforts of the Fund-Raising Committee, this year the Association received the donations in the amount of $11,832 from 11 agencies, publishers, vendors, institutes and individuals as of Nov. 1, 2014, which enables us to establish some new awards and grants to our outstanding individual members and affiliated regional associations.

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At the meeting, Prof. Tao announced several important changes and possible changes, which signify a new development of the Association. The highlights are as follows:

  • The association’s name was changed from the “Chinese Language Teachers Association” to the “Chinese Language Teachers Association, USA” with the Chinese name from中文教师学会 to 美国中文教师学会. This change was endorsed by the majority of the members with about 90% saying yes according to an electronic ballot. Likewise, about 95% members who voted supported the initiative to design an official logo for the Association. For this purpose, a competition will be launched among the members.
  • Starting from 2016, the CLTA’s journal will be published by John Benjamins. The name of the journal is suggested to be changed from the Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association (JCLTA) to Chinese as a Second Language — the Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association, USA, and its Chinese name is still under discussion. These name changes will be subject to the approval by a majority vote of general members.
  • A new on-line journal will be launched in 2015, focusing on publishing articles about K-L2 Chinese teaching.
  • There are several changes in the leadership of the Association. Yea-Fen Chen of Indiana University will step down at the end of 2014 as the Executive Director after years of whole-hearted dedication and hard-working commitment, and Prof. John Jinghua Yin of the University of Vermont will take over the task. Prof. Yin’s duty as the newsletter editor is handed over to Prof. Zhuo Jing-Schmidt of the University of Oregon.
  • The membership meeting bid farewell to the 4 retired board members who had been working diligently for our members during the past three years. They are Professors Der-lin Chao, Jane Kuo, Miao-fen Tseng, and Phyllis Zhang. The meeting also welcomed 5 newly elected members including Professors Wayne Wenchao He, Nan Jiang, Jiangling Liao, Yun Xiao, and Fangyuan Yuan. For the year of 2015, Prof. Chengzhi Chu of UC Davis will serve the President of the Association and Prof. Helen Shen of the University of Iowa the Vice President. Altogether there are 12 committees with five new ones. For the names of the 2015 CLTA Board of Directors and officers, please refer to the composition chart at the end of the report. You can also visit our website at http://clta-us.org/ for more details.

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Professors Nyan-Ping Bi, Cecilia Chang, Helen Shen, and Zhengshen Zhang presented the following awards to the recipients:

  • The Action Research Award was awarded to Binnan Gao of Elon University whose winning project is “Developing Effective Techniques of Correcting First-Year Students’ Pronunciation Errors”.
  • The Cengage Learning Award for Innovative Excellence in the Teaching of Chinese as a Foreign Language. The winners of its first prize are Crista Cornelius, Donglin Chai, and Bing Mu from Ohio State University whose project is “Tiyan rizhi: Maximizing Community-based Learning in Chinese Study Abroad Contexts.” The two recipients of the second prizes are Shijuan Liu from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Sue-mei Wu from Carnegie Mellon University, with the projects titled “Content-Based Instruction With Emerging Technology for A Mixed Level” and “The Chinese Folk Performance Curriculum: Leveraging Technology” respectively.
  • The Cheng & Tsui Professional Development Grant was presented to Carl Polley of the University of Hawai’i Kapi’olani Community College and Ruihua Liu from the Houston Independent School District.
  • The CLTA Study Abroad Site Visit Award recipient is Lan Zhang of the University of Memphis.
  • The Jiede Empirical Research Grant was given to Yun Yao from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign whose project is titled Chinese Character Recognition in Native and Second Language Learners.
  • The Peking University Press Publication Award was presented to Han Luo from Lafayette College whose article is entitled “Chinese Language Learning Anxiety and Its Associated Factor”
  • The Walton Presentation Prize was awarded to Yu Wu from Boston University.
  • The CLTA Professional Development Grant was presented to nine regional associations, including the Chinese Language Teachers Association of California, Chinese Language Teachers’ Association of Southern California, Chinese Language Teachers Association of Texas, Chinese Language Teachers Association of Virginia, Chinese Language Teachers Association-Washington State, Georgia Chinese Language Educators, Iowa Chinese Language Teachers Association, Oklahoma Chinese Language Teachers Association, and Wisconsin Association of Chinese Language Teachers.

Prof. Chengzhi Chu, our 2015 President, concluded the membership meeting with a brief speech. He expressed profound thanks to Prof. Hongyin Tao for his outstanding leadership and dedicated work, and heart-felt appreciations to all the CLTA members for their trust and support. Speaking about the work of 2015, he introduced the functions and responsibilities of the 12 standing and ad hoc committees of the Association and called for member participation in the CLTA Logo design competition, fundraising initiatives, on-line vote for new board members and Vice President, and the Chinese National Honor Society Initiative.

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CLTA 2015 Board of Directors, Committees and Officers 

President Chengzhi Chu 储诚志
Immediate Past President Hongyin Tao 陶红印
Vice President Helen Shen 沈禾玲
Executive Director John Jing-hua Yin 印京华
Steering Committee Chengzhi Chu 储诚志 (President, chair)
Hongyin Tao 陶红印 (IPP)
Helen Shen 沈禾玲 (VP)
Cecilia Chang 張曼蓀
Chaofen Sun 孙朝奋
Board of Directors  

 

Nyan-Ping Bi 畢念平Cecilia Chang 張曼蓀

Chengzhi Chu 储诚志

Stephanie Divo 何思培

Wayne Wenchao He 何文潮

Nan Jiang  蒋楠

Song Jiang 姜松

Claire Kotenbeutel 柯凯瑞

Jianling Liao 廖建玲Helen Shen 沈禾玲

Chaofen Sun 孙朝奋

Hongyin Tao陶红印

Yun Xiao 萧云

Fangyuan Yuan 袁芳远

Mindy Zhang 张敏

 

Archives Committee Stephanie Divo 何思培 (chair)
John Jing-hua Yin 印京华 (ED)
John Chang 張文光 (Webmaster)
Scott McGinnis 馬思凱    
Awards Committee Cecilia Chang 張曼蓀 (chair)

Nyan-Ping Bi 畢念平; Fangyuan Yuan袁芳远

Chinese National Honor Society Committee Mindy Zhang 张敏 (chair)
Claire Kotenbeutel 柯凯瑞
Helen Shen 沈禾玲
(Ad Hoc) CLTA Logo Committee Jianling Liao 廖建玲 (chair)
Stephanie Divo 何思培
Nan Jiang 蒋楠
Finance Committee Claire Kotenbeutel 柯凯瑞 (chair)
Helen Shen 沈禾玲 (VP)
John Jing-hua Yin 印京华 (ED)
Fangyuan Yuan 袁芳远 (secretary)
Fundraising Committee Song Jiang 姜松 (chair)
Jane Kuo 郭珠美
Jiede & Action Research Awards Committee Nan Jiang  蒋楠 (chair)
Nyan-Ping Bi 畢念平
Jianling Liao 廖建玲
Media and Publicity Committee Fangyuan Yuan 袁芳远 (chair)
Zhuo Jing-Schmidt井茁 (newsletter editor)
John Chang 張文光 (webmaster)
Wendong Zhang 张伟东
Claire Kotenbeutel 柯凯瑞
Jianling Liao 廖建玲
Jie Zhang 张洁
Nominating (& Election) Committee Chaofen Sun 孙朝奋 (chair)
Helen Shen 沈禾玲 (VP)
Program/Conference Committee  Yun Xiao 萧云 (chair)
John Jinghua Yin 印京华 (ED)
Extended program committee invited from current members
Professional Development Committee Nyan-Ping Bi 畢念平 (chair)
Nan Jiang 蒋楠
Mindy Zhang张敏
Regional Associations Committee Wayne Wenchao He 何文潮 (chair)
Jianling Liao 廖建玲
Song Jiang 姜松
Headquarters John Jing-hua Yin 印京华 (ED)
Alice Wang (Finance Assistant to the ED)
JCLTA Editorial Board Zhengsheng Zhang 张正生(editor)
Scott McGinnis 馬思凱 (associate editor)
Journal of K-12 Chinese Language Teaching Annie P. Zeng (editor)
Newsletter Zhou Jing-Schmidt 井茁 (editor)
Web-team   John Chang 張文光 (webmaster)
Alan Peterka (web developer)

2015 Annual Meeting Call for Papers

The 2015 Call for Papers for the CLTA annual meeting are now available on the Meeting page.

Submissions are due January 14, 2015.

Call for Papers – International Association of Asian Studies

The International Association of Asian Studies will host its national conference in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, February 9-14, 2015. This conference is expected to have more than 3,000 attendees. In addition, not fewer than 325 research sessions, round tables, panel discussions, performances and demonstrations will be scheduled throughout the week. In addition to the many scholarly sessions, the conference will also include many exhibitors, a career fair and health screenings.

Persons interested in presenting a paper, round table, etc. should submit an abstract, not to exceed two (2) pages that are related to Asian and Asian-American experiences. Subjects may include, but are not limited to: literature, demographics, history, politics, economics, education, health care, fine arts, religion, social sciences, business and many other subjects. Please indicate the time required for presentation of your paper (25 OR 45 minutes).

Interested scholars should submit his/her abstract with presenter’s name, institution/organization, address, phone and email no later than Saturday, November 8, 2014. Please forward abstracts to: Dr. Lemuel Berry, Jr., Executive Director, NAAAS & Affiliates, PO Box 6670, Scarborough, Maine 04070, or by fax to (207) 839-3776, or via email at naaasconference@earthlink.net.

2014 Professional Development Workshop Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the CLTA Professional Development Workshops, offered to all current CLTA Members attending the CLTA/ACTFL Annual conference 2014. More information and registration forms can be found on the PD Workshop webpage. Registration this year is free. Registration deadline is November 10th, 2014.

Symposium Program Now Available

The full program for the CLTA International Symposium on Chinese Language Teaching and Learning is now available for download.

Annual CLTA/ACTFL Convention Program

The program for the 2014 Annual CLTA/ACTFL Convention is now available online. Please note the program will continue to be updated as we changes are needed. ACTFL also has a session search page available on their website.

CLTA-ISCLTL Registration Open!

Early Bird Registration for the first CLTA International Symposium on Chinese Language Teaching & Learning begins today (4/20). Current CLTA members can register at member rates. The Symposium will take place October 25-26th, in Bloomington, Indiana. More information can be found on the conference information page. Visit the Online registration form to register today!

2014 CLTA Professional Development Grants are awarded

The CLTA Regional Associations Committee is happy to report that, after a careful review and approval by the CLTA Steering Committee, the 2014 CLTA Professional Development Grants are awarded to the following associations (in alphabetical order):
Chinese Language Teachers Association of California (CLTAC)
Chinese Language Teachers’ Association of Southern California (CLTA-SC)
Chinese Language Teachers Association of Texas (CLTA-TX)
Chinese Language Teachers Association of Virginia (CLTA-VA)
Chinese Language Teachers Association-Washington State (CLTA-WA)
Georgia Chinese Language Educators (GCLE)
Iowa Chinese Language Teachers Association (ICLTA)
Oklahoma Chinese Language Teachers Association (OKCLTA)
Wisconsin Association of Chinese Language Teachers (WACLT)
It is with great enthusiasm that the CLTA honors the creative energy that these regional associations have brought to the CLTA in 2014. Please join us in congratulating them for their hard work in preparing and offering professional development opportunities for local Chinese language teaching professionals. Also, please encourage your local organization to establish an official affiliation with the CLTA if they have yet to do so. Once affiliated with the CLTA and maintaining current membership, your local organization becomes eligible to submit a proposal for a 2015 Professional Development Grant. Please visit http://clta-us.org/about-clta/regional-cltas/ for information about regional affiliation procedures.
Best,
CLTA Regional Associations Committee
Nyan-Ping Bi (chair)
Jane Kuo
Mindy Zhang

CLTA STUDY ABROAD SITE VISIT AWARD – Due March 31, 2014

Recognizing that study abroad experiences play an integral part in the development of second language acquisition, CLTA is delighted to announce the launch of the 2014 CLTA Study Abroad Site Visit Award.  Initiated by the Associated Colleges in China (ACC), a study abroad program in China administered by Hamilton College, this newly established award supports site visits to study abroad programs in China and Taiwan. The primary goal of this award is to help teachers to gain insight into their students’ learning processes in the target setting, and encourage teachers to design effective instruction to advance students’ linguistic and cultural competencies beyond study abroad programs.

Application and eligibility information can be found on the CLTA Study Abroad Site Visit Award page. (Deadline: March 31, 2014)

CENGAGE LEARNING AWARD FOR INNOVATIVE EXCELLENCE IN THE TEACHING OF CHINESE AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE

Call for Submissions

(Deadline: July 31, 2014)

CLTA is pleased to announce the opening of the competition for the Cengage Learning Award for Innovative Excellence in the Teaching of Chinese as a Foreign Language.  Established with the generous support of Cengage Learning, a multinational leading provider of educational solutions, this award is designed to encourage CLTA members to contribute to the improvement of Chinese Foreign Language (CFL) education in the United States through the design, development, and application of new pedagogy, innovative classroom practices, and teaching tools (e.g. multi-media).

See more information on eligibility and submission process.

Call for Nominations: 2014 CLTA WALTON LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD (Deadline: April 30, 2014)

The CLTA Walton Lifetime Achievement Award, founded in 1998 by friends and colleagues of Ronald Walton, and funded in 2005 by a perpetual endowment from the Cheng & Tsui Company in honor of Ronald Walton’s (1943-1996) lifetime dedication to Chinese language education and cross-cultural understanding, is given for overall contributions to the field of Chinese language pedagogy. All members in the community of Chinese language teaching and research, with the exception of current CLTA officers and members of the Board of Directors, are eligible for the award. The Walton Award consists of a plaque presented at the CLTA Annual Meeting.

To nominate a candidate for the Walton Award, please submit: 1) a letter of nomination describing the candidate’s scholarship, service, leadership, and innovative contributions in the field of Chinese language teaching, 2) a current Curriculum Vitae of the nominated candidate, and 3) two letters of support from other CLTA members addressing the candidate’s accomplishments in the categories mentioned in (1).

More information about the CLTA Walton Lifetime Achievement Award on our website:  http://clta-us.org/awards/clta-walton-award-walton-presentation-prize/

Nominations for the Walton Award should be sent (preferably as PDF file attachments via email) by April 30, 2014 to Cecilia Chang, cchang@williams.edu; or by postal mail to:

Cecilia Chang
Associate Professor of Chinese
Department of Asian Studies
85 Mission Park Drive
Williams College
Williamstown, MA 01267

The name of the winner will be announced and Award presented at the CLTA Annual Meeting. The name of the winner will also be reported in the January issue of CLTA Newsletter and on this web page.

Thank you in advance for your nomination submissions.

Cecilia Chang
Chair of the 2014 CLTA Awards Committee

CLTA-ISCLTL Submissions Open, Due: March 18th

The CLTA-ISCLTL Online Proposal Submission opens today (2/15). Please submit your proposal at http://conference.clta-us.org. You will need to create a username and password first. You will find the call for proposals and proposal submission guidelines on the site.

Looking forward to seeing you at the Symposium at Indiana University this October.
Sincerely,

SYMPOSIUM ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

  • Yea-Fen Chen (Committee Chair, Indiana University)
  • Der-lin Chao (Hunter College)
  • Chengzhi Chu (University of California, Davis)
  • Wei Hong (Purdue University)
  • Helen Shen (University of Iowa)
  • Hongyin Tao (University of California, LA)
  • Mindy Zhang (Indiana Academy)
全美中文教師學會第一屆中文教學國際研討會
全美中文教师学会第一届中文教学国际研讨会
The First CLTA International Symposium on Chinese Language Teaching and Learning: http://clta-us.org/clta-iscltl/

CLTA Sponsorship Guidelines

Newly available CLTA Sponsorship Guidelines have been posted on the CLTA Donations page. Your contributions to the organization are very much appreciated.

The 12th New York International Conference on Teaching Chinese: Deadline reminder

Please be aware that the deadline for submitting a proposal to present at the 12th New York International Conference on Teaching Chinese is February 15. Please visit http://clta-gny.org/14conf/14conf.html for details. Keynote speakers will be announced shortly.

Teaching Chinese in the Global Community:
Developing Communicative Competence in a New Age

The 12th New York International Conference on Teaching Chinese, sponsored by the Chinese Language Teachers Association of Greater New York (CLTA-GNY), New York University and Nanjing University, will be held on Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 4, 2014 at New York University’s Kimmel Center. The full conference program begins with breakfast on May 3, and ends after lunch on Sunday, May 4. We welcome your participation!

As Chinese language educators, we are charged with the task of teaching Chinese to studentsof all ages, from a wide variety of backgrounds, with widely varying interests and experiences and differing motivations for studying Chinese. Our students often have limited knowledge about China and limited exposure to Chinese language and culture.

The world continues to get smaller as advances in technology connect us more closely every day. Yet, at the same time, gaps in our understanding still occur – cultural insensitivity exists and we fail to understand each other and truly respect our varying cultural viewpoints. So, as we consider culture, we must not just traditional culture, which informs our deepest belief systems, but also modern and popular culture, which reflects the real lives of our students and their counterparts in China. I t is not enough to teach language alone: we must teach culture, develop cross-cultural values such as mutual understanding, respect, tolerance, empathy, and many others through comparative and contrastive study of Asian culture and Western culture.

As teachers, we need ongoing support and training in understanding the schools in which we teach, our students and their parents; well-planned and structured training in new trends of standards-based learning to align our teaching to the Common Core Standards, immersion strategies, and the teaching of culture. We must find ways to reach our students, digital natives for whom technology is second nature and whose ways of learning may be influenced by the key role that multimedia devices play in their lives. We must base our teaching on the latest theoretical and linguistic breakthroughs to assist us in developing our instructional plans and syllabi for the teaching of Chinese.

We must be committed to improving the quality of Chinese instruction in schools, and to the development of a student population with a global competence. Join us at the 2014 Annual Conference of the Chinese Language Teachers Association of Greater New York to discuss these ideas and continue in the professional development of the Chinese teaching community!

We invite you to submit a proposal for our conference! All proposals on the teaching of Chinese in are welcome, including but not limited to innovative approaches in addressing the following areas of interest:

• CULTURAL Competence: developing global competence and mutual understanding, working with diverse students, pragmatics.

• TECHNOLOGICAL Competence: using technology to engage our students and advance their learning

• PEDAGOGICAL Competence: curriculum and instruction, including standards-based teaching and learning and assessment

• LINGUISTIC competence: research and advances in linguistics to inform our teaching

• PROGRAMMATIC competence : Teacher training and professional development, sustainability of programs, articulation of programs.

The CLTA-GNY Conference Committee welcomes submissions of one-page proposals on subjects relevant to the above themes or other topics of interest to the K-16 Chinese teaching community. Papers may be either in Chinese or English. Panel proposals as well as proposals for individual papers will be considered. All proposals will be reviewed anonymously. Individual papers will be grouped into panels by themes. Panels will be 75 minutes long with four presenters.

Proposals should be submitted to clta.gny@gmail.com as a Word document and are due no later than February 15, 2014. Late submissions will not be considered.

Questions: clta.gny@gmail.com

The conference website is http://clta-gny.org/14conf/14conf.html, where you can see updates, info about registration, conference venue, hotel recommendations, conference chairs and conference committee.

Please note the following:

The conference fee is $30.

We’ll be only accepting online registration.

Keynote speakers will be announced in due time.
Hope to see you all at NYU next May!

CLTA-GNY Conference Committee

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Chinese Language Teachers Association of Greater New York
http://clta-gny.org