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The Middle Kingdom in Middle School: A STARTALK Program on Building a Sustainable Chinese Language Program in the Middle Years

**這是為美國教middle school的老師所設計的professional development.

LOCATION: University of Colorado Boulder

DATES: Residential institute July 8-14, 2012 + Online sessions June 22-July 6 & July 15-August 1, 2012

APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 1, 2012 (selections will be made on a rolling basis)

CONTACT: Jon Zeljo, Program Director,, 303-735-5128


The University of Colorado Program for Teaching East Asia (TEA), in collaboration with faculty of CU's Anderson Language and Technology Center (ALTEC), will offer a STARTALK summer institute for Chinese language teachers teaching in middle school settings around the United States. The residential program will be held at the University of Colorado campus from July 8-14, 2012, and the asynchronous online portions will be held June 22-July 6 and July 15-August 1, 2012.

The program’s primary focus is building and sustaining a successful Chinese language program in a middle school setting through (1) sound pedagogy and practices, (2) effective learning technology, (3) collaborative interdisciplinary work, and (4) strong teacher advocacy and school community communication. Instructors and guest speakers will provide expertise on current trends in pedagogy and practices, learning technology, articulation issues, collaborative work across disciplines, and development of successful Chinese language-culture programs embedded in the middle school program.

Participants will gain a thorough understanding of these issues through presentations, interactive workshops, resource sharing, open discussions, and the creation of a draft action plan for both curricular change and Chinese language advocacy within their schools/districts. During the asynchronous online sessions, participants will watch videos from the course website, read materials posted online, and respond to questions online. 

Enrollment in this 2012 STARTALK program is limited to 20 Chinese language teachers teaching grades 5-10. All major costs of institute attendance are underwritten by the Program for Teaching East Asia through funding from STARTALK.

For additional information and an application, visit, or contact Jon Zeljo, Program Director, at