The Chinese Language Teachers Association Newsletter

News Update and New Jobs

(For March 2005 Issue)

News 消息 | Call for Papers 徵稿 | Study in China 留学 | Jobs 工作 |


This page only contains news items and job announcements which have missed the deadline of the current issue of the CLTA Newsletter, but need to be posted immediately or else will be out-of-date.



News 消息



An Important Announcement

AP Chinese Language and Culture Online Presentation (by Dr. Scott McGinnis) (May 10, 2005 at 6:30-7:30p.m. EST. Free)

2005 Chinese Summer Institute on Pragmatics in the CFL Classroom

CLTA Executive Director Reappointed

CLTA Monograph #4 Call for Papers

The Second CFL Empirical Research Workshop

The Jiede Empirical Research Grant for Chinese Pedagogy/Chinese Applied Linguistics

Twinbridge Software Corporation Donates Software CJK Partner

中国语言教学研究中心中文教师培训班(CLERC San Francisco)


Please be advised that the tentative dates for the 1st World Chinese conference published in the Newsletter (March issue, 2005) are changed. Now the registration date is July 19 and the dates for the conference are July 20-22. The dates for the 8th Conference on Chinese Teaching are July 23-25. Please see the official web site: for details. If you have any questions, please contact Hanban directly. The contact information is available in the web page.

CLTA Executive Director Reappointed

Dear CLTA members:

    On behalf of the CLTA board of directors, I am very pleased to report that Professor Cynthia Ning, University of Hawaii, has accepted reappointment as the Executive Director of CLTA for a second term (2005-2009).
    The reappointment follows upon a systematic process where an ED review committee made a recommendation to the Board, and the Board voted unanimously for Professor Ning's reappointment.
    As many Board and CLTA members have commented, Professor Ning has done an excellent job for CLTA in the past four years as a "traffic controller" and "a consummate diplomat." She has maintained the CLTA headquarters with thoughtfulness and good humor, and has contributed a great deal to CLTA in its development, professionalism, and continuity. We are grateful for her dedication to CLTA and to our growing and changing field. Professor Ning's organizational experience, administrative skills, and leadership qualities are all extremely valuable to CLTA and to the Board.
    We look forward to Professor Ning's leadership and service in the next four years.

Hong Gang Jin
CLTA President of 2005
Professor of Chinese
Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
Hamilton College
Clinton, NY 13323
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The Second CFL Empirical Research Workshop

In order to further promote empirical research in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, the Jiede 皆得 Committee, [representing the CLTA Jiēdé  (everyone-attains) Empirical Research Grant established in 2003], is pleased to announce that we will hold another workshop entitled "The Second CFL Empirical Research Workshop" at the 2005 CLTA Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. The workshop will be open to twenty CLTA members and will be held from 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm on Friday, November 18, 2005. All CLTA members who are interested in learning the basic concepts and skills of empirical research in CFL are welcome to attend. The workshop will be conducted by Professor Michael Everson, and is designed for individuals with little or no knowledge of the research process. Professor Everson's compilation of a complete bibliography of empirical studies in our field will be distributed to workshop attendees. We would like to get some sense of how well this endeavor will be received by the CLTA membership. If you are interested in the workshop, please take a short moment to fill out a SURVEY for us (e-mail CUI Songren at and I will send it to you) and then return it to Professor Everson by attachment ( This will help generate the common topics for the workshop, which will enable us to better meet the needs of our potential attendees. We truly appreciate your cooperation and help. If you are interested in attending this workshop on Nov. 18, please contact Professor Everson ( by May 5. The charge for the workshop is $50 per person to cover organizational expenses. Please bring your check to the workshop that day and make it out to CLTA. We will provide a receipt for you at the workshop. Thank you very much for your attention. -- Songren Cui, Asian Studies Program Bowdoin College (207)725-3710 Fax: (207)725-3059

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The Jiede Empirical Research Grant for Chinese Pedagogy/Chinese Applied Linguistics 皆得研究基金 Call for Proposals

The Chinese Language Teachers Association invites proposals for the Jiede (all-attain) Empirical Research Grant, established in 2003 by an anonymous member. The grant will support empirical research in Chinese pedagogy and applied linguistics that contributes to building a sound understanding of teaching and learning Chinese as a Foreign Language (CFL). The recipient will be expected to present a paper at the annual meeting of the CLTA or to submit a progress report at the end of the grant term.

Awards: The Jiede Research Grant awards up to $ 1500 to a CLTA member whose research project exhibits innovation and long-term pedagogical benefit to the field of CFL. Grant funds may be used for fieldwork, data analysis, or travel.

Eligibility: All junior faculty in academic institutions (assistant professors, instructors, and lecturers), all independent researchers, and all graduate students in registered M.A. or Ph.D. programs who conduct empirical research in the Chinese language are eligible to apply. The recipient should have no other grant support.

Application:   Submit electronically a two to four-page proposal to include a description of the research project, its objectives, methods, expected
completion date, and a brief statement of how the grant funds are to be used.  Please do not identify yourself in the proposal.   Send with the
proposal in a separate attachment a brief (maximum one-page) curriculum vitae, indicating your current status, institutional affiliation (if any), educational background and contact information.   Identifying information will be removed prior to forwarding to the committee for anonymous review.

Address: To:
Subject: Jiede Application
Deadline: Proposals must be received by March 31, 2005 at CLTA Headquarters.
Notification: Applicants will be notified of results by April 30, 2005

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Bowdoin College invites applications for a full time Chinese Language lecturer position with a two-year contract, starting Fall 2005. Minimum qualifications are M.A. in Linguistics or Chinese Language Pedagogy. Preference will be given to applicants with prior training and experience in language teaching at the college level. Responsibilities include: beginning and intermediate Chinese language instruction, individual tutorials, and other work in support of the Chinese language program. Please send cover letter, cv, videotape of classroom teaching, three letters of recommendation, and class evaluations (if available) to Chair, Asian Studies Program, Bowdoin College, 7500 College Station, Brunswick, ME 04011. Review will begin April 10, 2005 and continue until the position is filled. Bowdoin College is an AA/EOE institution. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. [ Back to Top]

Chinese Lecturer at Dartmouth College

The Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures has been authorized to begin a search for a second full-time position in Chinese at the rank of Lecturer or Senior lecturer.  Appointment will begin 7/1/2005.  Initial appointment will be for a term of one year with the
possibility of renewal and a multi-year contract. This position will be filled in addition to the position we advertised earlier this year.  If you submitted an application to the search for the first position, which had a deadline of March 15, your application will also automatically be included in the candidate pool for this position. Applicants must have native or near-native fluency in modern standard Chinese. Minimum qualifications are M.A. in some area of linguistics, language pedagogy, or related field. Responsibilities may also include directing an off-campus program in Beijing.  Preference will be given to applicants with experience teaching at all levels of Chinese language instruction.  We encourage candidates who have a Ph. D. or who are ABD to apply.
Send letter of application, vita (including information on work eligibility), along with three letters of recommendation, relevant course evaluations, a video tape demonstrating classroom teaching (about 30 minutes  if possible), to:
Chair of Chinese Lecturer Search Committee
6191 Bartlett Hall
Dartmouth College
Hanover, New Hampshire 03755-3530
Dartmouth College is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer, and
encourages applications from women and minorities.

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 The Department of Asian Languages and Literature at The University of Iowa has an opening for a full-time non-tenure-track Lecturer position in Chinese Language to begin in August 2006, renewable for two additional years pending positive teaching reviews. Salary is commensurate with experience. Responsibilities include: teaching three classes per semester that may include first- to fifth-year Chinese language, supervising graduate Teaching Assistants, and assisting the Chinese language program coordinator with program development. Requirements: native or near-native fluency in Chinese and English; Ph.D. (preferred) or M.A. in Second Language Acquisition, Applied Linguistics, Chinese Linguistics, Chinese Language and Literature, or related fields; extensive experience in teaching Chinese at the college/university level in North America.  Experience in technology-based CFL instruction and in curriculum development for both domestic and abroad settings is a plus.  Send letter of application, CV, a videotape of a 50-minute Chinese teaching class, and three letters of recommendation to Helen Shen, Department of Asian Languages and Literature, 661 Phillips Hall, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa 52242. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2005 and will continue until position is filled. The University of Iowa is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.[ Back to Top]

Chinese Instructor at Pasadena City College
The Languages Division invites applications for a position of full-time tenure-track instructor in Chinese beginning Fall 2005.  Teaching duties for the position includes Chinese language, culture, civilizations and literature.  The position requires a Master's degree in Chinese, OR a Bachelor's degree in Chinese AND a Master degree in another language or linguistics, OR a valid California Community College Instructor Credential, OR the equivalent.  Candidates must possess native or near-native proficiency in speaking and writing Chinese and Standard American English.  Demonstrated proficiency in teaching at the community college level or its equivalent is essential.  The ability to work in a multiethnic environment with students who have a variety of learning styles and abilities is required.  In addition to the above requirements, the  ideal candidates should have experience teaching in a multi-media environment and using instructional technology in the language classroom.  Expertise in communicatively-oriented instruction is a plus.  To request the District application by phone, please call (626)585-7257, Human Resources; or visit our website at  to access application information online.  Application deadline is 12:30pm on Friday April 29, 2005. 

Pasadena Area Community College District is an Equal Opportunity, Title IX, Section 504 Employer.. [ Back to Top]

The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at Rutgers University  invites applications for a one-year appointment for the position of full-time instructor in Chinese beginning Fall 2005. Teaching duties for the position (of up to 24 credit hours per year) will primarily include Chinese language courses at all levels. The position requires a degree of MA or higher in applied linguistics, Chinese language pedagogy, second language acquisition, Chinese linguistics, or a related field. Candidates must possess native or near-native fluency in both Chinese and English. Evidence of commitment to dynamic and effective language teaching is essential. Experience with computer-based instruction and Chinese language instructional software is a plus. Although the chief duties of this annual position are in language courses, the ability to teach general lecture courses in Chinese literature and culture will be favorably considered. The ideal candidate will also possess the skills to coordinate multiple sections of a course and supervise the adjunct instructors for those sections. Submit application letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching interests, and three recommendation letters to:

Chair, Chinese Annual Instructor Search Committee Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

Rutgers University

330 Scott Hall, 43 College Ave.

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Review of complete applications will begin April 20th, 2005. Rutgers

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The Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Colorado at Boulder  invites applications for a full time Visiting Instructor in Modern Chinese literature and language beginning August 2005.  This is a one-year appointment. Responsibilities include teaching six courses over two semesters and cooperating with other faculty in the Chinese program. The successful candidate will teach modern civilization and film, traditional Chinese fiction in translation, plus an advanced-level language class. Ph.D. or ABD. Salary competitive. Please or send the following materials by email, fax, or express mail: curriculum vitae, cover letter, and three letters of recommendation to:

Madeline K. Spring, Chair
Chinese Visiting Instructor Search Committee
Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Campus Box 279
University of Colorado, Boulder
Boulder, CO  80309
FAX:  303-492-7272

The University of Colorado at Boulder is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.
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The Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania announces the availability of a full-time position as Lecturer in the Chinese Language Program for the academic year 2005-06.  The appointment will be for one year with an expectation that it will be renewed annually for up to an additional two years based on satisfactory performance.  Applicants for the position should possess at least a Master's degree in Education or Humanities with a primary focus on language and pedagogy.  They should have native or near-native competency in Mandarin and fluency in English. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience in teaching Chinese language at all levels.  Duties include teaching language classes (3 courses per semester), attending meetings of the Chinese language program, and working with the Coordinator of the language program and China faculty on materials development. Please send a cover letter, CV, a statement of teaching philosophy, two letters of recommendation, visa status (if not a U.S. citizen) to:
Professor G. Cameron Hurst III, Chair
Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations
University of Pennsylvania
847 Williams Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305.
The review of applications will begin on April 25, 2005, and the process will continue until the position is filled.   The University of Pennsylvania
is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and is strongly committed to diversity.
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The Department of Foreign Languages and Linguistics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee invites application for a nine-month appointment at the level of lecturer in Chinese language beginning September 2005. Renewal is possible depending on the need of the language program. The position is pending budgetary approval. Salary is competitive.

The successful candidate must have the ability to teach Mandarin at all levels (1st through 6th semester levels) and a course on Business Chinese in spring 2006. MA in Chinese language pedagogy, second language acquisition or Chinese linguistics is required. Candidates must possess native or near-native fluency in Mandarin and English. Evidence of commitment to dynamic and effective language teaching is essential. Experience with computer-based instruction and Chinese language instructional software will enhance the application.

Send letter of application, statement of teaching interest, teaching evaluations, current CV, and three letters of recommendation to Chinese Search Committee, Dept of Foreign Languages and Linguistics, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, PO Box 413, Milwaukee, WI 53201.

Review of applications will begin May 2, 2005 and continue until position is filled. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages women and members of minority groups to apply.
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