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2015 K-12 Mandarin Program Administrators Conference

"K-16 Articulation: Guiding Students toward Superior Levels of Linguistic Proficiency and Cultural Awareness"

MPAC 2015

Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota hosted the 4th annual Minnesota Chinese language Administrator's Conference on May 15, 2015. The conference featured guest speaker Dr. Madeline Spring, Professor of Chinese at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Dr. Spring delivered a keynote lecture titled "K-16 Articulation: Guiding Students toward Superior Levels of Linguistic Proficiency and Cultural Awareness."

Confucius Institute and Minnesota Department of Education staff also attended the conference to offer support to those interested in implementing new programs in Minnesota.

About Madeline Spring
Madeline K. Spring is director of the University of Hawai’i at Manoa's new Chinese Language Flagship. Before coming to UHM in Fall ’14 she was at Arizona State University, where she served as director of both the Chinese Language Flagship and the Chinese Flagship/ROTC Pilot Program. She was also director of the ASU Confucius Institute, and of the Chinese Language Program.   Her research interests are divided between medieval Chinese literature (especially Six Dynasties to Tang prose and rhetoric) and current issues in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (TCFL). In that area her focus is on curricular design and implementation, content-based instruction, intercultural communication, online communities, and other issues related to developing Superior Level language proficiency.

Dr. Spring has played a leadership role in defining and disseminating information about Chinese Language Flagship programs both nationally and internationally. She has also developed models for collaboration between the Language Flagship, Confucius Institutes, state Departments of Education, and faculty and students in university-level Chinese programs and in other academic department and units across campuses.