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2017 Minnesota Chinese Speech Contest Keynote

Michael E. Everson

Michael BaconMichael E. Everson is an Independent Consultant and Emeritus Associate Professor of Foreign Language Education at the University of Iowa. After teaching Chinese for 10 years at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, he spent 18 years at the University of Iowa College of Education coordinating one of the few K-12 Chinese language teacher certification programs in the United States. His research interests include how American students learn to read in Chinese, as well as issues surrounding Chinese language learning in the United States. His scholarship has appeared in a variety of journals and book collections, such as (with Xiao Yun) "Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language: Theories and Applications", and (with Helen Shen) "Research Among Learners of Chinese as a Foreign Language".

Everson is also one of the lead designers of “Read Chinese!” an online reading project designed for high school learners of Chinese through the National Foreign Language Center in College Park, MD. Professor Everson has served on a number of boards having to do with strategic planning initiatives for Chinese language education, such as the STARTALK program for Chinese language student and teacher development, where he has served on its advisory committee, editorial board, and as a team leader and site visitor during their summer programs. He also served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Chinese Language Teachers Association, and was on the executive board of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages where he served as its president. Professor Everson was honored by the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages in 2009 when he received their A. Ronald Walton Award for lifetime service dedicated to the furthering of less commonly taught language initiatives, and by The Chinese Language Teachers Association in 2011 when he was awarded their Cheng & Tsui Walton Award for Lifetime Achievement.