CLTA Awards Application Information

We have just received some information on various CLTA awards, and they are encouraging our members, especially K-12 teachers, to apply to them.

NOTE: Recipients for ChinaSprout and Yao Award will be selected before the annual conference, so if a K12 teacher/graduate students intends to go, it provides an opportunity for them to get part of their travel expense covered.

Chinese Language Teachers Association awards:

Please refer to the CLTA Award webpage (http://clta-us.org/awards/) for detailed eligibility and requirement for each award. Please send applications and inquiries to cltaaward@gmail.com.

1. The Tao-chung Ted Yao Memorial Award

Tao-chung Ted Yao Award supports graduate students in the U.S. to present papers at the CLTA Annual Conference. The deadline for application is Oct. 15th, as is the conference proposal deadline. To be eligible, please send your conference proposal online http://clta-us.org/clta-annual-conference/, and at the same time (2) send all required award application material to claaaward@gmail.com .

2. ChinaSprout Presentation Award

K-12 instructors who are making a single-authored presentation for the first time at the CLTA Annual Conference are encouraged to apply. The deadline is application is Oct. 15th. To be eligible, please send your conference proposal online http://clta-us.org/clta-annual-conference/, and at the same time (2) send all required award application material to claaaward@gmail.com .

3. Cengage Learning Award for innovative excellence in TCFL:

With the exception of current CLTA award committee members, all full-time K16 teaching professionals with active CLTA membership can apply. The deadline is October 31st, 2018.

4. Cheng & Tsui Professional Development Award:

With the exception of current CLTA award committee members, all pre-collegiate (including heritage school) and collegiate teaching professionals with active CLTA membership can apply. The deadline is October 31st, 2018.

The following two application deadlines have passed, but you may keep them in mind and apply next year.

5. CLTA Action Research Award:

All teaching professionals with active CLTA membership, with the exception of university/college tenure-track and tenured faculty or current CLTA award committee members, can apply. The deadline is September 30th, 2018.

6. Study Abroad Site Visit Award:

With the exception of current CLTA award committee members, all full-time K16 teaching professionals with active CLTA membership can apply. The deadline is September 30th.

 

 

Registration open for 2018 Symposium

Our registration form is open for sign-up now. Please go to our conference page HERE to sign up.

Space is limited, and registration will close after the room capacity is reached.

We have confirmed lectures by the following three invited speakers:

  • Keynote speaker Dr. Helena Curtain, Associate Professor, Emerita, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, will give the following lecture.

Building Proficiency with Deep and Rich Student-Centered Learning Tasks

What are important aspects for both teachers and learners that we must consider as we implement  proficiency-focused Chinese language programs?  Where do we need to go and how will we get there?  How can we enrich our programs with tasks that are deep and rich and motivating to our students? We will examine strategies that are always intrinsically interesting, but that also incorporate elements that are cognitively engaging and culturally connected.  This session will focus on exploring deep and rich strategies that build  both proficiency and  student engagement. Through demonstrations and hands-on activities, we will focus on practical ways to deepen activities so that they have maximum impact on our learners.

  • Dr. Hongyuan Dong, Assistant Professor, George Washington University will give the following lecture.

Meaning, Context and Prosody: Theories and Their Applications

In second language acquisition research and the teaching of Chinese as a second language, the emphasis has always been on correct tones, in order to reduce the so-called “non-native accent”. In contrast, intonation and prosody have not been paid much attention to. Actually, prosodic properties can affect a learner’s accent, on a par with tones. Furthermore, prosodic patterns are often indispensable mechanisms for distinguishing meaning. If a learner cannot use the appropriate intonation according to the specific context, it can often lead to problems with expression and understanding. Therefore in this lecture, I discuss the semantics-phonology interface and the relevant research on information structure in linguistics, but the focus of this lecture is to propose a few prosodic patterns that have different meaning structures, so that such supra-tonal characteristics can be more adequately attended to in the research and teaching of Chinese as a second language.

  • Ms. Jing Dai of the Meade High School of AACPS will give the following lecture.

Kinesthetic Chinese Classroom: Teaching and Learning through the movement

“Tell me I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn.” Confucian philosopher Xunzi’s (340 BCE-245 BCE) maxim makes a strong point of kinesthetic learning, demonstrating that true learning is achieved only through students’ active involvement. Kinesthetic learning is now defined as a methodology in which learning takes place when students carry out physical activities in response to visual, auditory, and tactile stimulations. Movements and activities promote an energizing learning environment where students’ mental and emotional growth is accomplished with physical, social, and cognitive engagement. This teaching method helps teachers move from the traditional teacher-centered lecturing to a new paradigm of teacher as “facilitator of learning” and “designer of the learning environment.” It effectively facilitates student-centered learning, ensuring that students discover their individual capabilities and spark optimal learning.

2018 Symposium of CTLA-NCR will be held on October 21.

Mark your calendar! Our 2018 Symposium will be held on Sunday, October 21, at University of Maryland. The keynote speaker this year is Dr. Helena Curtain, a world-renowned expert in language education.

Dr. Curtain is Associate Professor Emerita at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, where from 1997-2005 she directed the World Language and ESL teacher certification programs and taught graduate and undergraduate courses in methodology of teaching world languages, teaching ELLs, Applied Linguistics, Second Language Literacy, Integrating Language and Content, and Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction.

We will have more information available soon here.

2018 CLASS / USC-CI Teacher Summer Institute in Beijing 暑期汉语教师研修班

2018 CLASS/南卡孔院共同举办暑期汉语教师研修班,在北京语言大学培训,截止报名日期是6月30日。目前也开放给STEM学科的美国老师,感兴趣的美国中小学老师,包括科学、数学或社会科学课老师都可以申请。并竭诚邀请中文学校的老师参加。

CLASS / USC-CI Teacher Summer Institute in Beijing

Date: July 30 through August 11, 2018

Host Institution: Beijing Language and Culture University 北京语言大学

This summer program is an intensive two-week program that will allow teachers to participate in professional development with a focus on advancing their Chinese linguistic knowledge and cultural understanding about people and places in China. All courses are specifically designed and tailored to meet the need of K-12 Chinese teachers in the US K-12 schools.

Sign up before June 30, 2018.

For details, see the following documents.

The second board meeting of 2018

On June 23, 2018, the board of directors had their second meeting of 2018 to discuss budgeting and programing for the Fall semester of 2018. The symposium will likely be held on Sunday, October 28, or November 4, 2018. Potential speakers were recommended. Details will be available soon. We also used this opportunity to formally send off our colleague Kexin Zhang, who will start an exciting new job in Florida.