The Chinese Language Teachers Association Newsletter

News Update and New Jobs

(For September Issue, 2006)

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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have missed the deadline of the current issue of the CLTA Newsletter, but need to be posted immediately or else will be out-of-date.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

IMPORTANT MESSAGE - Does your college or university currently offer a program leading to a degree and/or state licensure for Chinese language teachers?

In an effort to increase the number Chinese language educators licensed to teach in K12 schools, the College Board is planning to make scholarship funding available to teacher-candidates in select college/university programs.  At this time, we are seeking up-to-date information about all existing and emerging programs that lead to a degree and/or state licensure. If your university currently offers such a program for Chinese language teachers, please reply via e-mail to by Friday, September 29.  Your response will ensure that you receive upcoming announcements about opportunities for support and funding. Please include the following information:

- institution name and address
- program contact person (name, title, e-mail, phone)
- degrees and/or type of licensure/certification available
- # students currently enrolled in the program
- # faculty currently teaching in the program
- brief program description (requirements, tuition, scheduling, transfer of credits, etc.)

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Update to the 2006 CLTA program  9/16/2006


Session 5.1 6:15-7:30 (Hilton Armstrong 1 & 2)

Learner Performance and Strategic Awareness in the Chinese Foreign Language Classroom

Chair:     Michael Paul, University of Arizona

·          Native English Speakers' Acquisition of Chinese Preposition, Shan Lu, University of Arizona

·          Chinese Foreign Language Top-down Reading Strategies: Usage and Effectiveness, Michael Paul, University of Arizona

·          Through Directional Compatibility to Spatial Constraints: A New Cognitive Approach to Teach Verb + Directional Complements in Chinese, Pingli Wang, University of Hawaii

·          Using Media Explicitly for Critical Cultural Awareness, Jun Zhao, University of Arizona



Session 6.2 8:00-9:15 (Hilton Boone B)

Issues in Chinese Curriculum Articulation: Establishing a Sound Foundation in High School to Build on in College

Chair:     Vivian Ling, Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association

·          The Importance of a Good Start, Peng Wang, Georgetown University

·          从学生角度了解中学、大学中文教学的协调之法 A Method for Coordinating Pre-College and College Chinese Language Instruction– From Students’ Perspective, Haiwen Wang, Cornell University

·          中学生汉语声调习得研究 A Study of High School Students’ Chinese Language Tone Acquisition, Yan Li, School Year Abroad

·          Vivian Ling, Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association (Discussant)

Call for Papers 徵稿

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Jobs 工作

Lecturer Positions in Chinese at UC Davis

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Davis, invites applications for two full-time Chinese
lecturer positions beginning July 1, 2007. These are one-year renewable appointments. Primary duties are modern Chinese (Mandarin) courses at
various levels as assigned. One of the positions may also involve teaching Chinese literature and culture courses and/or classical Chinese in accordance with department needs. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Requirements include an MA or above in either Chinese linguistics, second-language acquisition or pedagogy, literature, or other relevant fields, native or near-native proficiency in Mandarin and English, and excellence in teaching all levels of Mandarin. The department prefers candidates with college teaching experience in the U.S. and ability to apply modern technology in classroom teaching.

Application materials should include a cover letter describing your qualifications (including a brief description of teaching methods found to be successful), curriculum vitae, a demonstration on video tape or CD of recent classroom teaching, samples of student evaluations, and names and addresses of three references. Send complete application to: Prof. Chengzhi Chu, East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616 by December 10, 2006. Positions will remain open until filled. Preliminary interviews may be conducted at the ACTFL/CLTA conference in Nashville in November.

The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. The positions are covered by a Collective Bargaining Agreement.


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Shady Side Academy Senior School, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Shady Side Academy Senior School seeks an individual for a full-time faculty appointment beginning mid-August, 2007, to teach four to five sections of Mandarin, Levels 1-4, and possibly offerings in Chinese Literature in Translation and Asian Studies. 

Qualifications include the following:  native or near-native fluency in Mandarin and an ability to write and teach both simplified and traditional characters, successful experience teaching Chinese to American high school students and demonstrated ability to build upon a highly successful 20-year-old program.  The ideal candidate will have earned a Master’s Degree in Chinese or related field.  


Preference will be given to candidates who can live on campus, participate in our 5-day boarding program and enhance knowledge of Chinese culture throughout our community.   International candidates will be considered.  Salary negotiable.


 Shady Side Academy is an independent, college-preparatory school.  Our faculty, which numbers about 60, teach and advise 500 students on a 300-acre campus of rolling hills in the suburban Pittsburgh borough of Fox Chapel.  In addition to small classes and dedicated students, Shady Side Academy teachers enjoy generously funded professional development programs and full health care coverage.  Further information can be found at .


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter with resume or CV and the names of three professional references to:

Carol-Jean McGreevy-Morales, Ph.D

Chair, World Languages Department

423 Fox Chapel Road

Pittsburgh, PA 15238


Shady Side Academy is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

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Erciyes University, Kayseri, Turkey


Rank: Lecturer, Assist. Prof., Associate Prof., Professor

Field: Chinese Language and/or Literature, Chinese Language Teaching, or a closely related field

Language Speciality: Chinese, Mandarin

Application Deadline: March 2007

Job Description: The Department of Chinese Language and Literature at Erciyes University in Turkey has an opening for a full-time faculty member for the academic year 2007-2008, with a renewable contract for an unlimited number of years. The candidate is expected to be able to teach Chinese at all levels.  A minimum of an MA in Chinese language, linguistics, literature, or language teaching is required. Candidates with Chinese language teaching experience will be preferable.

Foreign faculty members are provided with fully furnished housing and annual round-trip tickets to their contracting locations. Salary is commensurate with the rank applied for.

Applications should include cover letter, CV, and three letters of recommendation. Further documents may be requested at decision stage.

Please send application materials to:

Assit. Prof. Dr. Dogan Bulut

Erciyes University

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Vice Dean

38039 Kayseri, TURKEY


Phone: +90 352 437 49 01-33005(ext.)


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The United States Military Academy was established in 1802. It is the only college specifically charged with preparing young men and women for service as officers in the United States Army. As such, it has a singular educational philosophy of graduating enlightened military leaders of strong moral courage whose minds are creative, critical, and resourceful. Located just 50 miles north of New York City, this prestigious institution is nestled in the beautiful Hudson River Valley. For more information on the Military Academy visit our website at

The United States Military Academy Seeks

Assistant/Associate Professors of Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish

Candidates for these positions will be evaluated according to the following qualifications: advanced degree (Ph.D. preferred) in Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Portuguese or Spanish (generalist); native or near-native fluency in one of the above languages and in English; promise or evidence of excellence in teaching at the college level; scholarship or scholarly potential; a firm commitment to high quality undergraduate education and the ability to work harmoniously with colleagues. Applicants with expertise in second-language acquisition; instrumental technology, and assessment are especially encouraged to apply. To receive full consideration, individuals should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, official university transcripts, three letters of recommendations, and a DD Form 214 (if claiming veteran’s preference) to the Department of Foreign Languages, ATTN: Ms. Rose Maresco, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York 10996. For additional information contact Dr. Ingeborg Kohn at (845) 938-4987. Closing date for applications is November 1, 2006. These positions are temporary and are not to exceed October 1, 2009. Appointments are expected to begin as early as January 1, 2007. Non-US citizens can apply, but they cannot be hired if qualified U.S. citizens are available. Salary is competitive. The United States Military Academy is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Study in China 留學

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