Chinese Language Programs

Professional Development Workshop Series:   The ASU Confucius Institute plays a vital role in the learning and teaching of Chinese language and culture in Arizona.  We offer professional development workshops to prepare teachers of Chinese on topics such as language teaching methodology & strategies, curriculum development, AP Chinese, and student assessment.

Chinese Language Proficiency Tests:  The ASU Confucius Institute is the designated official testing site offering the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) and the Youth Chinese Test (YCT).  Both tests assess Chinese language proficiency for learners of Mandarin.  HSK is a proficiency test for adult Chinese language learners and is often compared to the English TOEFL exam, while the YCT is a Chinese proficiency test for elementary and middle-school students.

Learn Chinese: The Confucius Institute at Arizona State University offers Beginning Chinese and Individual Tutoring in Chinese.  These courses are designed for individuals to gain a basic knowledge of Mandarin.

 

Past Events

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 9:00am - Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 12:00pm

Attendees learned about student performance and instructional strategies for AP Chinese from guest speakers Dr. T. Richard Chi, Professor Emeritus of Chinese language and linguistics in the Department of Languages and Literature at the University of Utah, Ms. Lisa Podbilski, World Language Department Chair and Upper School Chinese teacher at Louisville Collegiate School, and Ms. Marilyn Mi, Mandarin Secondary Curriculum and Instruction Specialist in the Department of Dual language at the Portland Public Schools. The three guest speakers all have experiences and shared insight on how to use authentic materials and strategies to design instruction, enrich learning, and improve student performance. This event was free and all the meals were covered by the conference sponsors. Deadline to register was October 10, 2016, please RSVP to asuconfucius@gmail.com. For more information about speakers please click here

October 29, 2016 / Saturday / 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Day 1 Highlights

• K-12 Articulation: Instructional Strategies in teaching Chinese language and culture

• Effective Thinking Strategies and Cultural Preparation in Chinese classrooms

• Successful Transitions through Curriculum Articulation and Alignment

Ways to Improve Student Performance in AP Chinese exam

October 30, 2016 / Saturday / 9:00 am to 12:00 noon

Day 2 Highlights

How to Use Authentic Materials to Design Instruction & Enrich Learning

How to Use Activities to Improve Student Outputs

Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 9:30am - 11:30am

ASU Confucius Institute presented the Elementary and Secondary winning model teaching videos of the “Innovation in Teaching” Competition. The program not only discussed the video content, lesson plans, and teaching PowerPoints of winning videos, but also shared resources for planning instruction and professional development. It was a great opportunity to interact and share ideas with other Chinese teachers across the valley. The Elementary Video Discussion was “How to Enhance Mandarin Speaking Skills in Daily Class” by Kathy Cabizo from Gavilan Peak Elementary School and the Secondary Video Discussion was “Structure and Deliver Lessons to Increase Students’ Chinese Reading and Speaking Proficiency” by Jen Smetanick from Phoenix Basis School. For more information, please click here.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 (All day) - Thursday, November 10, 2016 (All day)
Beginning Chinese 1
 Tuesdays4:30 - 6:30 p.m. / September 6 to November 8, 2016 / West Hall 240, ASU Tempe Campus

Beginning Chinese 1a
Thursdays4:30 - 6:30 p.m. /September 8 to November 10, 2016 / West Hall 240, ASU Tempe Campus

Beginning Chinese Class 1a is designed for people who have completed Beginning Chinese 1 offered by the ASU Confucius Institute. 

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Register today at http://confuciusinstitute.asu.edu/portal/learnchineseregform

Thursday, August 4, 2016 (All day) - Sunday, August 7, 2016 (All day)

The OPI workshop helps teachers to understand the key principles of teaching and testing for proficiency. The ASU Confucius Institute and Chinese Flagship Program offers a 4-day OPI workshop - Chinese to provide a valuable foundation for teachers in Chinese language assessment, curriculum design and instruction. Teachers are better prepared to assess the speaking abilities of their students, design their own assessment tools, and determine if students have reached specific benchmark levels.

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 8:00am - 3:00pm

The ASU Confucius Institute co-sponsored an annual Chinese speech competition for students in Grade 1-6 Chinese immersion program at Confucius Classroom at Gavilan  Peak.  More than 150 students participated in the first round of competition.  Each grade then selected six finalists from each grade to join the final competition. 

4th Grade 1st Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sH7IbM3Yp0

5th Grade 1st Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_c0ZKw7nH2s

6th Grade 1st Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrbjYjQN4CQ