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International Chinese Teaching Conference of Confucius Institutes & Classrooms in the US & Canada
Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 12:00pm to Monday, October 21, 2013 - 5:00pm

October 19-20, 2013

CONFERENCE ORGANIZERS & SPONSORS

  • The Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban)
  • >Confucius Institute at Portland State University
  • Portland State University

Conference Location:  Portland State University, School of Business, room(s) TBA

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After the success of the First Chinese Teaching Conference of the CIs in the US and Canada organized and hosted by the CIPSU in 2009, “The 2nd Chinese Teaching Conference of Confucius Institutes and Classrooms in the US and Canada (2013) " is scheduled to be held at Portland State University on October 19 & 20, 2013. Participants in this year's conference will include, but not limited to, US and Canadian CIs and CC executive directors, persons in charge of Chinese language teacher training programs and teaching, Chinese language instructors, teachers and teacher trainees   at colleges and universities, as well as K-12 school teachers both locally hired and Hanban-sent.. The purpose of the symposium is to discuss the standards for both localized and visiting Chinese language teachers, teacher trainees in CIs and CCs from both the US and Canada, exchange ideas on Chinese language textbook compiling, explore approaches, methods, curriculum design, teaching strategies and plans, and classroom management, etc. These contents include, but not limited to: college level major or non-major, credit and non-credit, immersion or non-immersion Chinese courses and classes at Confucius Institutes, Confucius Classrooms and their hosting colleges, universities,  K-12 schools, including public schools, charter schools, private schools, evening and weekend schools, and language programs for business and corporate.

This year’s conference will cover the following 10 themes:

1) Standards and qualifications for the CI and CC Chinese teachers and teacher trainees/volunteer teachers in the US & Canada;

2) Chinese curriculum instructions, designs, practices and implementations at the CIs & CCs in the US and Canada;  

3) Available, suitable, appropriate Chinese teaching materials, course ware, teaching strategies and plans needed for the CI and CC Chinese courses in US and Canada;

4) Ways to improve Chinese language teaching at the CIs and CCs in the US and Canada;

5) Evaluation, selection and promotion of appropriate Chinese teaching materials for the CI and CC Chinese programs in the US and Canada;

6) How to develop various kinds of Chinese teaching materials that are suitable and appropriate for the CI and CC Chinese courses as well as compiling plans, concepts, methods, adoption and promotion methods;

7) Initiatives, plans, practices and specific implementation plans of teacher training programs for both localized and Hanban-sent visiting Chinese teachers and trainees/volunteer teachers in the US and Canada;

8)  Experience and practice of online-based HSK/YCT Chinese proficiency tests;

9) How to use the method of combining HSK/YCT tests and classroom teaching to improve CI and CC students’ Chinese language proficiency and practical skills in the US and Canada;

10) How to effectively manage the CI and CC teachers, teacher trainees/volunteer teachers and immerse them as quickly as possible into the North American culture and Chinese language teaching orbit;

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