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STARTALK: Teaching and Assessing Chinese Culture and Language Authentically

June 15-June 26, 2015

2014 STARTALK participantsIn this FREE two-week program Chinese language teachers will learn methods to integrate culture and language instruction to achieve cultural learning in the classroom, and put these methods into practice in a classroom environment through production of a cultural quilt, development of authentic teaching materials, and teaching to STARTALK program students using online technology. The goal of STARTALK Teaching and Assessing Chinese Culture and Language Authentically (TACCLA) is to improve participants’ ability to rethink their curriculum and instructional methods toward enhancing their students’ language proficiency levels while integrating elements of culture learning at the same time.

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CIUMN awarded NSLI-Y program grant 

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) was launched in 2006 to promote critical language learning among American youth.  NSLI-Y is a U.S. government initiative that prepares American citizens to be leaders in a global world. The program is sponsored by the Department of State and administered by American Councils for International Education. NSLI-Y provides merit-based scholarships for high school students and recent high school graduates to learn less commonly taught languages in summer and academic year overseas immersion programs. 

The Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota has been awarded a partner sub-grant by American Councils for International Education to implement a summer 2015 Chinese (Mandarin) program in Shanghai, China from June to August. In collaboration with American Councils, the Confucius Institute will provide a seven-week immersive language and culture learning experience for 20 students selected from the NSLI-Y nation-wide competition. During the seven-week experience, NSLI-Y participants will study in Shanghai, the most populous metropolis in Eastern China. In addition to language learning and tutoring, participants will also have the opportunity to experience traditional Chinese culture, live with a host family, and learn about recent socio-economic developments through extra-curricular activities, sightseeing and leadership building.

Stayed tuned to and find out how your students can apply to the NSLI-Y program in the future.


Echoes and Reflections Training

March 16, 2014
8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

In March 2015 the Confucius Institute will present Jewish Refugees in Shanghai (1933-1941), a historical exhibit curated by the Shanghai Jewish Refugee Museum. In conjunction with this exhibit CIUMN has partnered with Tolerance Minnesota to offer a teacher training for Chinese language and immersion teachers teaching grades 5-12, to learn how to teach about the Holocaust. We encourage Chinese teachers to invite their colleagues in history and social studies to support cross-disciplinary approaches to teaching about this time in history.

This professional development training uses “Echoes and Reflections,” a curriculum designed by the Anti-Defamation League, USC Shoah Foundation, and Yad Vashem, to help teachers teach about the Holocaust. A Chinese translation of the curriculum will be provided to all participants. This training will be facilitated by a trainer from Yad Vashem who will visit from Israel. All participants will receive a free copy of the curriculum. Teachers will receive CEU credit and lunch will be provided.

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Jewish Refugess in Shanghai

Exhibit showcase: March 19-May 7, 2015 at the Sabes Jewish Community Center

Jewish Refugees in Shanghai (1933-1941) is a collaborative community effort to share information about the unique experiences of Jewish refugees in Shanghai during World War II. Learn more about the exhibit and related events.

Practical Chinese Class
March 25-April 29, 2015

The Confucius Institute in collaboration with the Carlson School of Management will offer a customized Practical Chinese class for University of Minnesota students, faculty and staff.  Interested non-U of M individuals may also enroll. Prepare for your next trip to China as you learn about: greetings and introductions, negotiating, conducting business meetings, attending business banquets, dining with friends, site visits, and getting around. If interested, please register here.

HSK Testing

Registration is currently open for the HSK exam to be held on March 28. Registration deadline is March 18. Learn more about the HSK proficiency exam.

CIUMN named 2014 Confucius Institute of the Year

The Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota was awarded the “Confucius Institute of the Year” for 2014 at the 9th Confucius Institute Conference in Xiamen! Read more.


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