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ERIC Number: EJ871242
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1083-5415
Asia Society's Ongoing Chinese Language Initiatives
Livaccari, Chris; Wang, Jeff
Learning Languages, v15 n1 p20, 29 Fall 2009
Asia Society remains committed to promoting the teaching and learning of Chinese in American schools as an integral part of the broader agenda of building students' global competency, the key goal of its Partnership for Global Learning. Under the leadership of Asia Society's new Vice President for Education Tony Jackson and with continuing guidance from Vivien Stewart, Senior Advisor for Education, Asia Society has strengthened its Chinese Language Initiatives with a new team dedicated to expanding its efforts in the field. Asia Society's newest effort to support the growth of Chinese language programs at the K-12 level is the Confucius Classrooms Network. The Network will grow to include 100 exemplary Chinese language programs over the next three years, starting with 20 pioneer schools in the first year. Through the establishment of an online community, targeted professional development for Chinese language teachers in the network, and annual Confucius Classrooms Network conferences, Asia Society is creating the infrastructure for the development of effective and sustainable Chinese language programs for American students. This project has been established with the support of an International Experts Committee and an Honorary Advisory Committee, and in partnership with Hanban, the Chinese government-funded non profit spearheading the establishment of Chinese language programs overseas. Schools in the Network will not only have effective Chinese language instruction, but also strong local leadership and support, a demonstrated commitment to international exchange and collaboration, and will be ready to act as resource centers for other schools in their region. Each Confucius Classroom will be linked with a partner school in China to enhance opportunities for language learning and to provide students, teachers, and administrators with opportunities to conduct exchanges and joint projects.
National Network for Early Language Learning. Winston-Salem, NC. e-mail: nnell@wfu.edu; Web site: http://nnell.org/journal.php
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China