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2014 K-12 Mandarin Program Administrators Conference

"Developing the K-16 Language Program Pipeline for Chinese Instruction"

Hosted by the Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota

Join the Confucius Institute for the 3rd annual Minnesota Chinese language Administrator's Conference. Network with colleagues, learn about resources available to you and your school through the Confucius Institute, and join us for a keynote lecture titled, "Developing the K-16 Language Program Pipeline for Chinese Instruction" by Dr. Elaine Tarone.

About the Conference
The Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota's Administrator's Conference offers insight into the world of K-12 Mandarin Chinese language program administration for educators interested in starting or developing Mandarin language programs at the school or district level.

This year's conference will feature guest speaker Dr. Elaine Tarone, Director of Center for Advance Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Tarone will focus on strategies for building strong and sustainable language programs, and developing K-12 students’ readiness for college level language learning.

Confucius Institute and Minnesota Department of Education staff will be on hand to offer support for programs and those interested in implementing new programs in Minnesota.

About Elaine Tarone
Dr. Elaine Tarone is the Director of the University of Minnesota's Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) and a professor in the Second Language Studies Program at the University of Minnesota. Her research publications focus on the impact of social context on learner language and second language acquisition. She has published research on oral second-language processing by low-literacy learners, inter language variation, interaction in immersion classrooms, language play, and genre analysis. A member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers, she is a recipient of the College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Teaching Award, and the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Post baccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education.


Friday, February 21
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Lunch provided)


101 University International Center
331 - 17th Avenue Southeast
Minneapolis, MN 55414