The Chinese Language Teachers Association Newsletter

News Update and New Jobs

(For January Issue, 2010)

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missed the deadline of the current issue of the CLTA Newsletter, but need to be posted immediately or else will be out-of-date.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

CHENG & TSUI Professional Development Award for teachers of Chinese

 The Cheng & Tsui Professional Development Award is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of teachers of Chinese, especially teachers new to the field. The award, thanks to the generosity of Cheng & Tsui, is given to support the attendance of pre-collegiate (including heritage school) and collegiate teachers at training workshops, seminars, conferences, and other in-service learning experiences at local, national, or international levels; and/or to collaborate with a mentor teacher. Teacher training workshops and seminars attended by the applicant should be focused on pedagogy and issues of teaching and learning. The fund has designated an annual amount of $1,000 to be divided between at least two teachers each year.  The award recipients shall each submit a 1-page report in either Chinese or English to the Awards Committee on the professional benefit from the award within one month upon the completion of the proposed project.

To apply for the Cheng & Tsui Professional Development Award for Teachers of Chinese, please submit (preferably via e-mail PDF file attachments to the Awards committee chair below) 1) an application stating the purpose to which you would put the Award, the amount of subsidy requested, and a proposed budget and 2) a current Curriculum Vitae to the Chair of the Awards Committee of the Chinese Language Teachers Association. Applicants for this award should have current CLTA or CLASS membership status.

Adam Ross
Chair of the 2010 CLTA Awards Committee
Upper School: Languages
Lakeside School
14050 NE 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98125
Email: <>

Deadline for applications:  May 31, 2010

Notification of winners:  June 20, 2010

Winners will be announced at the ACTFL/CLTA/CLASS Annual Conference in Boston, MA in November 2010, and in the January 2011 CLTA Newsletter.


Call for Proposals

The Chinese Language Teachers Association invites proposals for the Jiede (all-attain) Empirical Research Grant, established in 2003 by an anonymous donor, and enhanced thereafter by the original donor and other donors. The grant will support empirical research in Chinese pedagogy and applied linguistics that contributes to building a sound understanding of the 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. …[more]

CLTA Monograph #4
"Research Among Learners of Chinese as a Foreign Language"
(Michael E. Everson & Helen H. Shen, editors)

Cutting-edge in its approach and international in its authorship, this fourth monograph in a series sponsored by the Chinese Language Teachers Association features eight research studies that explore a variety of themes, topics, and perspectives important to a variety of stakeholders in the Chinese language learning community. Employing a wide range of research methodologies, the volume provides data from actual Chinese language learners and will be of value to both theoreticians and practitioners alike.
[in English & Chinese]

For more information on this and other NFLRC publications, visit: (the book is listed first on the page)

 N           National Foreign Language Resource Center
 F          University of Hawai'i
  L         1859 East-West Road, #106
   R        Honolulu HI 96822
    C       voice: (808) 956-9424, fax: (808) 956-5983


CLTA Teacher Training Workshop 
at the 2010 annual meeting of CLTA/ACTFL in Boston 

Topic of the workshop: Curriculum Designer for Beginners: K-16 Students Targeted participants: Chinese teacher trainers Focus: Content areas and training techniques 
Goals: To help teacher trainers identify content areas for training programs and to provide them with techniques in the teaching of Chinese pronunciation and in the integration of culture in the instruction of Chinese characters. 
Format: 3 team presentations by Chinese language teaching professionals at the secondary school and college level. 

Chair: Janet Xing 
Team 1: Articulation and standards (Dali Tan and Jennifer Liu) 
Team 2: Teaching Chinese Pronunciation in context (Julia Kessel and Meng Yeh) 
Team 3: Integrating culture in the teaching of Chinese characters (Adam Ross and 
Derlin Chao) 

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Call for Papers 徵稿

1号 通 知
201073081日 中国,南京



1. 对外汉语教材编写和教学资源建设的理论探究与反思


论文摘要提交截止时间:2010 331,415日发接受函


会务费: 国内代表:700元人民币;国外代表:US$ 150




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Jobs 工作

Clark University


The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Clark University invites applications for a full time appointment in Chinese for academic year 2010-11.  Initial appointment will be for three years, renewable depending on satisfactory performance.   MA in Chinese language pedagogy, second language acquisition, or Chinese linguistics is required. 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-assisted instruction and Chinese language instructional software is desirable. 


Submit application letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching interests, teaching evaluations, and three recommendation letters to:


Chinese Language Search

c/o Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

301 Estabrook Hall

Clark University

950 Main Street

Worcester, MA 01610


Electronic applications are welcome and may be sent by email to   Review of complete applications will begin April 1, 2010.  We will continue to accept applications until the position is filled.  AA/EOE Minorities and women are especially encouraged to apply.


Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy (MMLA) 
Summer Language Immersion Program

Currently seeking candidates proficient in Chinese to fill the following positions:

            Resident Assistants

            Dorm Head

            Chinese teachers

            Activity Coordinator


About our program: MMLA employees are part of a community that creates an intensive four-week immersion program for middle and high school students each summer.  Applicants should command a high degree of spoken and written proficiency in Chinese. All applicants should able to work as part of a team and should have previous experience working with middle or high school studentsThese are residential positions. All employees will be provided room and board and will have scheduled time off each day and week. All employees pay for their travel to and from program locations. Housing is not provided for family members of faculty.

Program locations: Pomona, California
Program duration: June 19 - July 25, 2009

For more information about the program visit,

Interested? Please apply on-line via the Middlebury College website, by visiting clicking on the MMLA link. Please call Human Resources at (802) 443-5465 for assistance.

Equal Opportunity Employer


The University of Rhode Island

The University of Rhode Island is pleased to announce our search for an Associate Professor of Chinese and Director of Chinese Flagship Partner


Teach Mandarin Chinese language courses to undergraduate students. Direct the University's federally-funded and prestigious Chinese Flagship Partner Program, and
work closely with its Chinese International Engineering Program. Work with colleagues in curriculum and program development. Collaborate with Flagship colleagues at the national level. Publish and disseminate results of research.

Required Qualifications

1. Ph.D. in an area relevant to an undergraduate program in Chinese;
2. native or near-native proficiency in Chinese and English;
3. proven excellence in the undergraduate teaching of Chinese to native speakers of English;
4. strong background in language pedagogy and language assessment;
5. leadership and entrepreneurial skills to guide a growing Chinese language
6. demonstrated familiarity with American higher education;
7. record of research and publication in the area of second language acquisition, with an emphasis on the teaching of Chinese;
8. strong commitment to undergraduate education;
9. experience with program development;
10. experience supervising and mentoring junior colleagues.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in grant writing; experience in the integration of language teaching with other disciplines; experience in student exchange and internship placement.


Please include CV and cover letter, and within your CV, please include a list of three references. Review of applications is underway; position open until filled. To submit
your application and for further details, please see



Assistant Professor in Chinese, Wofford College

The Department of Foreign Languages at Wofford College invites applications for a tenure-track position beginning in fall 2010 for Assistant Professor in Chinese Studies.  Applicants should have a Ph.D. in hand by time of appointment in the field of Chinese literature, cultural studies, linguistics, or related subjects, and be native or near-native fluency in Chinese and English.  Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate ability and commitment to teach Chinese language at all levels of an undergraduate curriculum in the USA.  Specific responsibilities include teaching three courses per semester as well as collaborating with other faculty in the development of the major in Chinese and the minor in Chinese Studies.  Two of the three courses are in Chinese language and one is in the candidate's area of specialization.  

Please send letters of application, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, three letters of recommendation, with at least one letter addressing the candidate's performance in the classroom, and other supporting materials to Chinese Search Committee/CO Dr. Dennis Wiseman, Chair of Department of Foreign Languages, Wofford College, 429 North Church Street, Spartanburg, SC 29303-3663.  

Review of applications will begin April 10, 2010 and will continue until the position is filled. 
Wofford College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minority and female candidates are encouraged to apply.


University of Hawaii at Manoa


University of Hawaii at Manoa, College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature, Department of East Languages and Literatures, invites applications for a tenure-track, full-time, 9-month Assistant Professor of Chinese, position number 83396.  Appointment to begin August 1, 2010 or at a later date, renewable subject to performance in research, teaching, and

Duties:  Teach undergraduate courses in Chinese language and linguistics and graduate courses in Chinese descriptive linguistics (department's basic teaching load is 15 credit-hours/year); advise undergraduate and graduate students, conduct and publish research in Chinese language and linguistics, participate in departmental and university service.

Minimum Qualifications:  PhD in Chinese linguistics in hand at time of hire.  Demonstrated expertise in Chinese descriptive linguistics (phonology or syntax) or related field. Demonstrated research and publication in Chinese language and linguistics.  Near-native fluency in Chinese (Mandarin) and English.

Desirable Qualifications:  Experience in teaching Chinese language and/or linguistics at the college level.  Experience in teacher training and supervision.  Linguistic knowledge of additional East Asian languages. Ability to teach and direct research in comparative linguistics between Chinese and another East Asian language or a Chinese dialect.  Ability to
teach courses and conduct research in historical linguistics.

Salary:  Commensurate with experience and qualifications.  To apply: Submit a hard copy of a CV and a cover letter indicating how you satisfy the minimum and desirable qualifications and three recommendation letters.  


Application address:  Dr. Alexander Vovin, Interim Chair, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1890 East-West Road, Moore Hall 382, Honolulu, HI 96822.  Review of applications will begin on April 10, 2010.  The search will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Hawaii is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.  UH does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or veteran status.


University of Southern California

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Southern California invites applications for a full-time instructor in the Chinese language beginning in the fall of 2010.

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, in the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, provides students with a well-rounded education on East Asia by focusing on the study of the languages, linguistics, literature, thought and civilizations of China, Japan and Korea. The Department offers both graduate (Ph.D. and MA) and undergraduate (BA) programs. 

Salary and benefits are competitive.  MA in Chinese language pedagogy, second language acquisition, orChinese linguistics is required.  
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-assisted instruction andChinese language instructional software is a plus. Submit application letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching interests, teaching evaluations, sample teaching video (preferably two levels, such as basic and intermediate or basic and advanced level classes), and three recommendation letters, one of which speaks to teaching abilities, to:

Chinese Language Search
East Asian Languages and Cultures
Taper Hall 356
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0357

Review of complete applications will begin April 15, 2010.  We will continue to accept applications until the position is filled.  

The University of Southern California strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.  Women and men, and members of all racial and ethnic groups, are encouraged to apply.


University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


The Chinese Language Program in the Department of Foreign Languages & Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is anticipating filling one full-time position. The successful candidate will teach up to 12 credits/semester in Chinese language and must be willing to plan and participate in various activities to enhance the Chinese Language Program.

Minimum Qualifications:
1. Master's degree in Chinese linguistics, Chinese literature, Chinese language pedagogy, second language acquisition, or a related field.
2. Native or near-native fluency in Chinese Mandarin, and competency in spoken and written English
3. Two or more years of experience teaching Chinese to English-speakers at the college level required.

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience in supervising teaching assistants and coordinating language courses.

To apply online, please see

In addition to the online application materials, applicants should arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to Review of applications will begin April 15, 2010, and continue until the position is filled.

UWM is an AA/EEO Employer.




Chinese - Non-Tenure Track Faculty Vacancy Pool

About the Position: The Modern and Classical Languages Department maintains a vacancy pool of qualified persons interested in temporary teaching positions. In anticipation of possible openings throughout the academic year and summer sessions, applications are accepted continuously for temporary, full-time appointments. Positions may become available at any time and are typically filled on a quarterly basis. There is currently one full-time, non-tenure track position for the academic year 2010-2011.

Position Responsibilities: The Department, the College, and the University value teaching; and we expect you to be an exemplary teacher; to be current in your discipline; to engage students actively in their own learning, including discussion, writing, and analysis; and to maintain high standards regarding course content. We expect you to provide students with feedback on their course work and examinations, and to be available to students through regularly-scheduled office hours. You will be expected to have your students evaluate your courses using the standard University evaluation forms and to make those evaluations available to the department chair and faculty for annual review.

Required Qualifications:

  • MA in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, or
  • MA in Chinese Linguistics, or
  • MA in Chinese Literature and Culture
  • Language skills and fluency

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with diverse students and staff

Academic Emphasis: Chinese

Job Location: Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Bargaining Union: United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions and Requested Documents: Please log in at and submit your application via WWU's Electronic Application System for Employment (EASE).  Note:  You will need to be using Internet Explorer to fully utilize our online application system.

In addition to submitting online, please submit (hard copy please) a letter of interest in English addressing the above qualifications, vita and diploma, representative teaching evaluations, and contact information of three references to:

Dr. Vicki Hamblin, Chair
Modern and Classical Languages, MS 9057
Western Washington University
516 High Street
Bellingham, WA  98225-9057

Other Information: Approved vacancy pool applicants will remain active for three years, at which time applicants are required to re-submit updated materials.

Job Posted: 4/15/2010

Closing Date: 5/15/2010

Recruitment #: 100240

WWU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply. All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires. For disability accommodation, call (360) 650-3774.


The Pennsylvania State University

The Asian Studies Program is searching for one and possibly two full-time Lecturer positions in Chinese. Both positions offer benefits, including health care, and start August 2010; positions will be one- or two-year contracts with the possibility of renewal. One position may include serving as coordinator for the Chinese language curriculum, with an appointment as senior lecturer possible depending on qualifications. Candidates interested in being considered for such a position should address their supervisory experience in the letter of application.

Responsibilities include teaching Chinese language courses, introductory through advanced, and perhaps some culture courses, as well as participation in programmatic service such as advising, supervision of graduate assistants or other instructors, and curriculum development for our B.A. program in Chinese. We prefer candidates who are interested in further developing our technology-enhanced instructional environment and in collaborating with other colleagues who are teaching languages.

Minimum requirements: Master’s degree in Chinese or related discipline; near-native ability in both Chinese and English; appropriate teaching experience; and evidence of high quality in teaching. Salary competitive.

To apply, send letter, CV, a video with a sample of the candidate’s teaching, and the names of 3 referees to: Chinese Lecturer Search Committee.  Electronic submissions, including online submission of the video, are strongly encouraged; send to Rowan Cota at  Applications can also be mailed to Rowan Cota, The Asian Studies Program, School of Languages and Literatures, The Pennsylvania State University, 326 Pond Lab, University Park, PA 16802. Applications can also be sent by Fax to: 814-863-3528. ATTN: Rowan Cota

We plan to interview via Skype. Applications received by May 3, 2010 are guaranteed full consideration, but all applications will be considered until the search is completed. Visit our Web site: Penn State is committed to Affirmative Action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce.


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