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


On May 21, 2016, 25 high school students from across the Midwest participated in the 2016 Midwest Chinese Bridge Speech Contest for U.S. High School Students 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. Read more.

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


NSLI-Y Shanghai Program Particiapant Featured on the NSLI-Y Interactive Wesbsite

Hear about Seth Paternostro's experience in Shanghai as a participant of the summer 2015 University of Minnesota implemented NSLI-Y Shangai program, now featured on the NSLI-Y Interactive website.

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