Asian Language Education


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.

Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools (CLASS) |
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. Additional information resources available to members.

Chinese Language and Culture Initiatives (College Board) |

Chinese Language Initiatives (Asia Society) |
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.

Center for International Foreign Language Teacher Education (CIFLTE), Teachers College |
Programs for students and professionals interested in learning how to teach Chinese with opportunities to earn a certificate in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (TCSOL).

Chinese Language Teachers Association (CLTA) |
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 |
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.

National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages |
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, as well as those of other organizations, institutions, and individuals interested in the teaching and learning of the LCTLs in the United States.


American Association of Teachers of Korean (AATK) |
The American Association of Teachers of Korean seeks to promote the effective teaching, learning, study and research of the Korean language, language pedagogy, applied linguistics, and literature in the United States.