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2016 K-12 Mandarin Program Administrators Conference

"Developing and Sustaining Strong Chinese Language Programs: Cultivating Chinese Teachers as World Language Teachers"

MPAC 2015

The Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota hosted the fifth annual Minnesota Chinese Language Administrator's Conference on Friday, March 11, 2016. Attendees networked with colleagues, learned about resources available to their schools through the Confucius Institute, and listened to a keynote lecture with Ms. Robin Harvey from New York University.

In her keynote, Ms. Harvey discussed the notion that Chinese is more culturally distant and difficult than other languages by parents, students, administrators and other faculty members. Harvey shared approaches to integrating world language programs so that Chinese is viewed as "just another language" while touching on the unique demands of a Chinese language program and the additional support and resources Chinese teachers may need. Also disucssed were pathways to collaboration among administration and teachers of all languages, as well as strategies to help school faculty and parents address the language and culture gap. 

Additional presenters at the conference included Ursula Lentz, who presented on behalf of the Minnesota Department of Education on new J-1 visa requirements and the new Minnesota Seal of Biliteracy certificate; Diane Tedick, Professor from the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development who presented on the University's new Elementary Education Licensure Program for Immersion Teachers; Dr. Liu Jiang who introduced the Chinese Flagship Program; and three Flagship Program students who shared their experiences.

About Robin Harvey:
Robin Harvey is Master Teacher of Foreign Language/TESOL/Bilingual Education in the Multilingual/Multicultural Studies Program of New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. She is also director of NYU's Project for Developing Chinese Language Teachers (DCLT), and program director of NYU’s StarTalk Immersion Training Program for Teachers of Chinese (1-6).

Harvey is the founder of Greenwich Village Chinese School, which provides Mandarin afterschool and summer programs for children from toddler through 8th grade, and has worked as a middle school Chinese teacher. She is co-author (with Pauline Huang) of Rhythms and Tones: Inventive Songs & Chants for Learning Chinese (Chinasprout, 2010), and Rhythms and Tones 2 (Chinasprout, 2012). Harvey holds an M.A. in Teaching Foreign Language (Chinese) from New York University, and a B.S. in Languages (Chinese) from Georgetown University.