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The Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota offers a variety of free professional development opportunities for Minnesota's K–12 Chinese language teachers.

Coordinating a Student Trip to China

Date: Saturday, December 9, 2017
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Location: University International Center, #101
331 17th Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Through this workshop, teachers will learn how to organize and lead a trip successfully. The workshop will cover all aspects coordinating a student trip. It will start with the basics, such as how to start the planning, what are some documents that are needed and how to design the itinerary. The workshop will then focus on communication strategies for working with travel agencies, schools, parents, and students. Finally, the workshop will identify traveling traps to avoid, and address ways to connect the trip with language teaching objectives and making connections to other disciplines.

Alice Yang (杨春) is a PhD student in Curriculum & Instruction, Second Languages and Cultures Education at the University of Minnesota. She earned her MAEd and a TEFL certificate from Hamline University and MEd with a K-12 Chinese teaching license from the University of Minnesota. She has been a language teacher of both English and Chinese as a Second Language for more than 15 years. She is an AP Chinese Reader for College Board and also works with K-12 language teachers in licensure programs and classroom support. While working at the International School of Minnesota, she led various international trips for students and parents to Taiwan, Japan, and China, including some hard-to-reach areas in mainland China, such as Guizhou and Tibet. Teachers can receive CEU credit for attending this workshop. 

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