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Professional Development

K-12 Mandarin Program Administrators Conference: The aim of this conference is to bring together superintendents, principals, world language coordinators, and other district and school staff who are involved in the development of Chinese language programs in Minnesota schools and districts.

STARTALK TACCLA: In this FREE two-week program Chinese language teachers will learn methods to integrate culture and language instruction to achieve cultural learning in the classroom, and put these methods into practice in a classroom environment.

Annual Minnesota Chinese Language Teachers Meeting: Chinese teachers from Minnesota’s public and private K–12 schools are invited to learn about programs and resources provided by the Confucius Institute and the Hanban.

Workshops: A variety of free professional development opportunities for Minnesota's K–12 Chinese language teachers.

Chinese Language Teacher Club: To build community and develop an informal network of support among Chinese language teachers in Minnesota.

Past Professional Development Opportunities

Chinese Bridge for American Schools: A week-long program in China for educators to start and strengthen their institution's Chinese programs and partnerships.

Chinese Shadow Puppetry: Presenter Annie Katsura Rollins is an MFA candidate in theater, set design, and puppetry at the University of Minnesota. In 2008, she studied with the Hua Xian Shadow Puppet Troupe in Hua Xian, China. This lecture will be family-friendly.

Experiencing Jingdezhen: The Porcelain City of China: Art professor Gary Erickson from Macalester College will present a 45–minute narrated video about his residency at the Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute in China and will demonstrate porcelain techniques learned in Jingdezhen. Learn more about the Experiencing Jingdezhen lecture.

STARTALK CIPOMIP: The focus of this summer institute is to understand the nature of culture, culture learning, and the interrelatedness of language and culture for improving Chinese language teaching. View resources and materials from 2010 and 2011 .

STARTALK MEISTEP: This four-week program is for Chinese immersion teachers to learn how to integrate language, literacy, content, and culture in their classrooms.

STARTALK TCCLA: The focus of the summer institute on Teaching Chinese Culture and Language Authentically (TCCLA) is to improve participants’ ability to rethink their curriculum and instructional methods toward enhancing their students’ language proficiency levels while integrating elements of culture learning at the same time.

Summer Teacher Training Program at Capital Normal University, Beijing: The goal of this training program is to improve the teaching skills of Chinese teachers working outside of China. Participants must be Chinese language teachers with a high level of proficiency in Chinese.

Teaching Chinese characters: Linguistic features, cognitive characteristics, and teaching methodology: Dr. Helen Shen, Associate Professor of Chinese, Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Iowa, briefly explaining the linguistic features of Chinese orthography, which differs fundamentally from English. Then it proceeded to address how the unique linguistic features of Chinese script requirse specific cognitive processes in character learning as well as the cognitive difficulties that English-speaking learners may encounter during their learning.

Teaching Materials Training Program for Local Chinese Teachers from foreign countries: Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters will host the Teaching Materials Training Program for Local Chinese Teachers from foreign countries. 4,000 overseas trainees will be invited to China to participate.