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Summer Chinese Language and Culture Classes

Registration is now open for our summer term 2016 Chinese Language and Culture Classes. Our 10-week classes on Chinese language and culture will take place from June 13 - August 25 with a break during week of July 4 - 8. Registation deadline: Monday, June 6. Learn more.

NSLI-Y Students Co-Present at NCLC in Chicago

2015 NSLI-Y program participants joined Assistant Director Dr. Yongling Zhang-Gorke at the National Chinese Language Conference last weekend in Chicago to present on the topic of Enhancing Students’ Language and Cultural Competence Through Intensive Study Abroad. Students reflected on their study abroad experience in Shanghai and its impact on their language learning. Read more!


In this FREE two-week program, Chinese language teachers will learn methods to integrate culture and language instruction to achieve cultural learning in the classroom. Participants will engage in activities such as creating an artifact that represents their own reflections on culture, the development of authentic teaching materials and lesson plans, and a half-day micro teaching session.

The goal of STARTALK Teaching and Assessing Chinese Culture and Language Authentically (TACCLA) is to improve participants’ ability to rethink their curriculum and instruction in ways that will enhance their students’ language proficiency levels while integrating elements of culture learning at the same time. This program will use proficiency-oriented principles of language teaching, which are aligned with the ACTFL standards. Participants will learn to identify and enact the characteristics of strong, contemporary approaches to culture teaching in proficiency- based instruction in U.S. classrooms. Typical workshop days will involve the presentation of key concepts in understanding how culture can be the focus of a Chinese language learning experience, the demonstration of how these concepts apply to examples of curriculum, and opportunities for participants to develop authentic teaching materials for their own classrooms.registernow

2016 Midwest Regional Chinese Bridge Speech Contest for U.S. High School Students

The 2016 Midwest Chinese Bridge Speech Contest for U.S. High School Students will be held at the University of Minnesota on May 21, 2016. This competetion was created in 2007 with the intention of providing a stage for Chinese high school learners all over the world to communicate with each other and present their achievements in learning Chinese.

The Midwest Regional Chinese Bridge Speech Contest selects the most qualified candidate to represent the Midwest to compete in the 9th Global Chinese Bridge Speech Contest for High School Students. The 2016 contest is hosted by the Confucius Institute at University of Minnesota (CIUMN) and co-sponsored by the Chinese Consulate General in Chicago and Confucius Institute Headquarters/Hanban. Learn more here.


NSLI-Y Shanghai Program featured on NSLI-Y Interactive

Hear about the experiences of participants from the summer 2015 University of Minnesota implemented NSLI-Y Shangai program, now featured on the NSLI-Y Interactive website.

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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