The Confucius Institute at Texas A&M Hosts the Chinese Language Teachers Association of Texas Annual
College Station, Texas,—The Confucius Institute at Texas A&M hosted the 2013 Chinese Language Teachers Association of Texas (CLTA-TX) Annual Conference on October 5, 2013 at the George Bush Presidential Complex Annenberg Presidential Conference Center. The conference is a one-day event intended to provide professional development and pedagogical improvement for Mandarin teachers across the state of Texas. This year’s conference theme was “Teaching Chinese Beyond the Classroom” and approximately eighty teachers and professors from both urban and rural communities attended.
CLTA-TX, founded in 2007, is an educational and professional organization to promote teaching and learning of the Chinese language in Texas. Their mission is to enhance quality Chinese language teaching at all education levels; to serve as a resource network for Chinese language teachers to share ideas and disseminate information; and to conduct professional development for Chinese teachers in both language teaching and cultural awareness. One of the goals of the Confucius Institute at Texas A&M is to strengthen Chinese language programs and help develop regional infrastructure for K-12 language programs across the state of Texas. Through support of this conference and a close partnership with CLTA-TX, Texas A&M continues to take in this important initiative.
Opening remarks, delivered by Dr. Randy Kluver, Executive Director of Global Program Support at Texas A&M University outlined the development of US-Sino relations and the growing importance of China in the modern world. He acknowledged the growth of Chinese language learners in the State of Texas, but also confirmed that there is still a lot of work to be accomplished to prepare students for a global future.
The keynote address, titled “Empowering Chinese Language Learners: In Classes and Beyond,” was delivered by Dr. Jennifer Liu, Director of the Chinese Language Program at Harvard University. In her presentation, Dr. Liu explored the value of activities outside of the classroom to increase language acquisition. Following her presentation were several panels that discussed how to enhance the Chinese classroom and cultural factors in Chinese language teaching.
The Confucius Institute at Texas A&M will continue to foster a strong, cooperative relationship with CLTA -TX, for the joint goal of promoting teaching and learning of the Chinese language in Texas and preparing the students and citizens of Texas for a global future.
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