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The Confucius Institute, in partnership with the College of Education and Human Development, was awarded a 2010 STARTALK grant from the National Center on Foreign Languages. This funding supported a two-week teacher training entitled Cultural Integration in Proficiency-Oriented Mandarin Instruction (CIPOMI), which was held the last two weeks in June. Sixteen Chinese teachers, from across the United States, spent two weeks at the University learning how to use Chinese culture to enhance language lessons. Instructors Dr. Martha Bigelow, Dr. Yu Wang, Ms. Margaret Wong, and Ms. Johanna Ennser-Kananen provided the academic framework and real-world examples of how teaching culture can enrich the classroom experience. Each participant designed and taught a lesson plan to the group. Topics included Chinese food, the Chinese zodiac, Chinese paper cutting, and Peking opera.
Workshop participants had the opportunity to explore the teaching and learning of Chinese cultures, create curriculum to use in their own classes, and make lasting connections to other Chinese teachers. CIPOMI participants had the opportunity to develop and micro-teach on various Chinese culture topics.