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Happy Chinese New Year!

Thank you for supporting our mission and advancing U.S.-China relations through the promotion of Chinese language and culture education! May the Year of the Pig bring you good fortune and an abundance of happiness.

2019 Year of the Pig


Minnesota’s Chinese Language Educators
Gather at Annual Conference

On November 2, more than 60 Chinese language teachers, principals, and school administrators from across Minnesota gathered to share a meal, connect with other educators, and hear from two speakers sharing innovative research in the field of Chinese language teaching. Dr. Kaishan Kong, Assistant Professor of Chinese at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, presented her lecture, “Learning Organically and Collectively: Reflection and Research on the UMN STARTALK Program.” She presented lessons on the collective learning process in the program and how participants reflected on how they integrate culture into the classroom. Next, Shu-Mei Lai, who teaches 7th and 8th grade Chinese Language Arts at Yinghua Academy in Minneapolis, presented exciting research on helping students build habits around correct Chinese language usage in her presentation, “Chinese Error Analysis and Instructional Implications—A Study at Yinghua Academy.” Shu-Mei Lai presented videos of several fun and engaging classroom activities to target and correct common Chinese language errors, and even invited attendees to participate in one of the activities. A raffle drawing followed the presentations, when attendees chose books, games, and posters related to Chinese language and culture to bring back to their classrooms.


From left: Qijie Li, Kaishan Kong, Shu-Mei Lai, and Joan Brzezinski

Announcements

A Message from the
Confucius Institute

After a successful 10 years of outreach to the K-12 Chinese language community, the Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota will wind down operations and close at the end of the 2018-19 academic year.

We are extremely proud of the role CIUMN and our partners have had in advancing Chinese language and culture in the greater Minnesota community. During the tenure of the Confucius Institute, the number of students enrolled in Mandarin language classes in Minnesota grew more than 125%, and thousands of students have been introduced to Chinese culture.

Thank you to our partners and friends for your support over the last ten years. We should all take pride in what we have accomplished together. We look forward to exploring new opportunities to promote Chinese language and culture.


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