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Teaching Chinese Culture & Language Authentically

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. This program will use the proficiency-oriented principles of language teaching, which are aligned with national standards. Teachers will learn to design curriculum and instruction specifically for proficiency outcomes by balancing the three components of proficiency (content, function and accuracy) with the three components of culture learning (practices, perspectives, products).

In this 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 through development of authentic teaching materials that are ready to use. We welcome past participants to join us for the second week on curriculum development of authentic Chinese language and culture. Limited numbers of travel stipend are available for out-of-state participants.

Participants in this program will:

Participating teachers will have the option to take the course for credit and may earn up to 4 graduate credits from the University of Minnesota. Additional fees apply. Travel-stipends are awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis. For more information, please contact the Confucius Institute at

Who can participate? Participants must have high levels of English and Mandarin Chinese language skills and hold an undergraduate degree. Participants also must be teaching in, or are seeking to teach in, a K-12 Mandarin Chinese program.

Typical workshop days will involve:

The workshop will conclude with participants sharing their work with the group and delivering their lessons plans. Both processes will help deepen the understanding of how to integrate language and culture teaching


June 17-June 28, 2013


FREE, but registration required


101 University International Center
331-17th Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414


This event is free, but pre-registration is required. Optional registration for graduate credit will be available at the beginning of the program; fees apply.

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Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota
160 University International Center
331 - 17th Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

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