Mandarin Institute Elementary Chinese Teacher Preparation Program 2012

Program Dates: July 23 -27, 2012
Time: 9:00AM - 4:00PM
Location: Chinese American International School
150 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

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The Mandarin Institute in conjunction with STARTALK is excited to once again offer the Chinese Teacher Preparation Program for teachers from the U.S. and Asia. It is an unparalleled opportunity for newer Elementary Chinese language teachers and teachers who are new to teaching in US classrooms, to gain concrete classroom experience teaching American students.

Whether you are teaching in foreign language or immersion setting, this intensive training will provide you with the critical skills you need to be innovative and successful in the classroom to facilitate high quality Chinese language programming in your school. For qualifying teachers the tuition fee will be waived and consideration for travel stipends will be given.

Participants will engage in daily workshops led by master in-service instructors addressing issues such as teaching in the target language, differentiated instruction, integrated performance assessment and classroom preparation. This program emphasizes “hands-on” training ensuring that theory is presented in collaboration with application enabling participants to practice what they learn in authentic American classrooms with REAL students. Each micro-teaching opportunity will be followed by in-depth debriefing sessions with lead instructors and peers. Critical communication skills will be learned through interaction with REAL school administrators, teacher peers and parents.

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Attendees will:

• Develop immersion teaching skills
• Plan and design lesson plans
• Integrate language, content and culture
• Learn how to incorporate technology
• Demo-teach with REAL students

The Mandarin Institute has successfully offered this training program for the past 5 years. Our participants have traveled from all over the U.S., Mainland China, Taiwan, the Philippines and Hong Kong. Previous attendees’ feedback included:

"Over the past week, I was really enlightened to learn: 1) I can effectively use the target language to teach my students, even beginners and 2) the more student involvement in the classroom the better; always include student-centered activities for language learning."
--Karen, Elementary School Teacher, 2009 program attendee

“This program has equipped me with tools that will prove invaluable. Perhaps the best thing I can say about this program is that I would not only recommend it to my friends and colleagues, but I hope that I can return in future years to further cultivate my teaching skills.”
--Williams, Teacher, 2010 program attendee

*All applicants requesting financial consideration must provide an official letter from your school demonstrating need. The letter should include a statement of your school’s professional development funds and an explanation of why the school is unable to provide the necessary financial support for your professional training.

Contact the Mandarin Institute with any questions at or
(415) 861-0966