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Registration now open for Community Chinese classes

Registration is now open for our Spring 2019 Community Chinese classes. The spring terms runs from February 11 to April 25 (no classes the week of March 18). Registration deadline is Monday, January 28.

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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: Qieji Li, Kaishan Kong, Shu-Mei Lai, and Joan Brzezinski

CIUMN Hosts Seventh Annual
Chinese Proficiency Award Ceremony

Nearly 600 students, teachers, and parents gathered at Ted Mann Concert Hall on October 6, 2018, to recognize student achievements in Mandarin Chinese at the Chinese Proficiency Award Ceremony and Reception. The event, co-hosted by CIUMN and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), celebrated successful performances by more than 150 students on the 2017 YCT and HSK Chinese proficiency tests, Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL), Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and/or the STAMP proficiency assessment. The ceremony opened with remarks from Consul Jin Lei, visiting from the Consulate of the People’s Republic of China in Chicago, and Joan Brzezinski, Executive Director of CIUMN.

Award recipients on the stage with their certificates


10th Anniversary of the Confucius Institute

In 2018, the Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

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