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Chinese Pedagogy Institute

Summer Professional Development Program for High School Teachers

June 17-30, 2007

From June 17-30, 2007, we held an intensive two-week residential Chinese Pedagogy Institute (CPI) offering four hours of graduate-level credit to 15 prospective and current high school Chinese teachers who are actively seeking certification.

Instructional materials, lodging, and meals were fully covered, as well as the 4 credit hours of tuition.

2007 Participant E-Portfolios

Goals and Activities

The institute was designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of current and prospective high school teachers of Chinese. The course of study, worth four graduate credits through IU’s School of Education, partially fulfills the requirements for secondary teacher certification in Chinese:

  • EDUC L520: Advanced Study in Foreign Langauge Teaching (3 credit hours)
  • EDUC M501: Laboratory/Field Experience (1 credit hour)

Course content was guided by the standards for K-12 Chinese language teachers recently developed by the Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools (CLASS). Areas addressed included:

  • effective methods and techniques of teaching Chinese;
  • principles for selecting and developing instructional materials;
  • process for curriculum design and instructional planning; and
  • implementation of lesson plans and class management.

To achieve these goals, participants engaged in two weeks of intensive study. The main activities included:

  • discussion of theories and research on teaching Chinese as a foreign language;
  • observation and critiques of Chinese classes on tape;
  • design and development of effective lesson plans; and
  • application of instructional and classroom management skills to a group of high school students.

Participants were responsible for all travel costs, as well as the $100 registration fee (due after being accepted). The institute covered all other expenses:

  • All lodging and meals from the evening of Sunday, June 17 to the morning of Saturday, June 30,
  • Curriculur materials, and
  • Four graduate credit hours—(total value $965), which will count towards certification.
Eligibility Requirements
  • For non-native speakers of Chinese: Minimum of intermediate-high proficiency in reading and writing and advanced-low proficiency in speaking and listening.
  • For native speakers of Chinese: Permanent resident or citizen of the United States.
  • Currently practicing high school teacher of Chinese or planning to be practicing by Fall 2009.
  • Actively pursuing certification to teach Chinese at secondary level.
  • Not fully certified to teach Chinese at secondary level.

Week One (June 17-23)—Bradford Woods

The first week was held at Bradford Woods, a retreat center in Martinsville, Indiana (halfway between Indianapolis and Bloomington).

Lodging: Participants stayed in double occupancy rooms in the Manor House. Each room had two double beds and a full bath. Same-sex roommate assignments were made at random.

Directions: For directions on how to get to Bradford Woods, visit their Web site.

Week Two (June 24-June 30)—Indiana University

The second week was held at Indiana University’s Bloomington campus.

Lodging: Participants stayed in Willkie Residence Center in single rooms connected by a shared bathroom.

Directions: Transportation from Bradford Woods to IU Bloomington was arranged.


Jennifer Liu, Michael Everson, and Claire Kotenbeutel were also the 2008 institute faculty.


The institute was funded by STARTALK, a presidential initiative to fund summer programs in critical needs languages.


The STARTALK Web site offers useful resources for Chinese language teachers. The Web site covers topics such as curriculum, instructional strategies and materials, classroom management techniques, assessment tools, technology tips, and more.

For more information, please contact us at easc [at] indiana [dot] edu.