Three different organizations have been crucial to the development of Chinese language learning K-12 in the U.S., listed here in the order that they became involved in promoting Chinese language instruction since the 1980s: the Chinese Language Association for Elementary-Secondary Schools (CLASS), the College Board, and the Asia Society. Their websites are listed here and should be consulted by those exploring Chinese language programs.
Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools (CLASS) | www.classk12.org
The Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools (CLASS)
is a national nonpolitical and nonprofit professional association of all
persons interested in teaching Chinese language and culture at pre-collegiate
levels of American schools. CLASS aims to 1) actively promote the learning
and teaching of Chinese in secondary and elementary schools in the United
States; 2) encourage effective articulation among Chinese Language educators
across the divides of elementary, secondary, and college level instruction;
and 3) provide a national network for the exchange of information, ideas
and curricular resources related to the teaching of Chinese language and
culture in the United States. See the Links page for an excellent list of Chinese-language-related websites.
Chinese Language and Culture Initiatives (College Board) | www.collegeboard.com
Listed below this entry are the several programs of the College Board Chinese Language and Culture Initiatives. These initiatives are made possible through a historic partnership between the College Board and Hanban (Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters). For program inquiries or to be added to the College Board Chinese Language Initiatives mailing list to receive updates, please click the link above and then on "Contact Us" to send us your contact information. For questions, please contact
College Board Confucius Institutes and Classrooms Program (CICC) | www.collegeboard.com
The College Board, in collaboration with Hanban/Confucius Institutes Headquarters, has launched the Confucius Institutes and Classrooms program to support the development of K-12 Chinese language and culture education in the U.S. by providing funding, resources and guidance to participating institutions. This new initiative offers a flexible model that can accommodate: large districts acting as Confucius Institutes (CIs) overseeing several school-based Confucius Classrooms (CCs) OR smaller districts or independent schools establishing individual, school-based CCs.
College Board Guest Teachers (College Board and Hanban) | www.collegeboard.com
The Chinese Guest Teacher and Trainee Program is designed to help U.S. schools develop Chinese language and culture study programs and to promote international exchange between the United States and China. Made possible through a collaboration between the College Board and Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban), the program serves hundreds of K-12 schools and districts and reaches tens of thousands of U.S. students. There are two hosting options to support schools which wish to launch or expand a new program or enrich an existing program.
Chinese Bridge Delegation to China (College Board and Hanban) | www.collegeboard.com
Join school and district leaders for a one-week educational tour to China. During this program, you will visit schools, meet Chinese educators and students and participate in partnership-building activities. Learn about best practices, gather resources, experience Chinese culture, and more.
National Chinese Language Conference (College Board and Asia Society) | www.collegeboard.com
Co-organized by the College Board and Asia Society, the National Chinese Language Conference is a must-attend event if you aim to build a high-quality Chinese program, seek ways to integrate Chinese language and culture across the curriculum and want to foster students' global competence. Information on the 2013 conference can be found on the Asia Society site here.
Chinese Language Initiatives (Asia Society) | www.asiasociety.org
A union website with information and excellent reports, published by the Asia Society, on best practices in starting a Chinese language program, the benefits of beginning language in the early grades, how to enhance a program through school exchanges, teaching strategies, and curriculum materials, and the state of Chinese language instruction in the U.S.
Chinese Language Teachers Association (CLTA) | www.clta-us.org
Started in 1962, CLTA is primarily an organization of college and university faculty of Chinese language; the CLTA has also expanded its membership to include K-12 Chinese language teachers and offers publications, conferences, and K-16 articulation efforts that span all levels.
Confucius Institutes in the United States | www.hanban.org
The Chinese government, through its office for Chinese language learning, the Hanban, has funded Confucius Institutes throughout the United States to support Chinese language learning. Through these institutes, K-12 schools are provided with a guest Chinese language teacher for three-years to inaugurate a program. For more information on Confucius Institutes in your area, scroll through the "America" tab in the center of the page for a list of regional locations.
Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages: CouncilNet | www.councilnet.org
The CouncilNet, the online network for organizations representing
the less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) in the United States, is designed
to address the communication and information needs of the members of the
National Council of Organizations of Less Commonly Taught Languages (the
Council), as well as those of other organizations, institutions, and individuals
interested in the teaching and learning of the LCTLs in the United States.
CouncilNet supports the Council in its efforts to address the issue of
national capacity in the LCTLs by facilitating communications among member
organizations and with the governmental, private, heritage, and overseas
sectors of the language community. Its ultimate goal is to increase the
collective impact of LCTL constituencies on America's ability to communicate
with peoples from all parts of the world.
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