U.S.-China Institute at Bryant University

2014 Bryant STARTALK Chinese Language Teacher Program

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Dates and Time: July 7-25, 9:00a.m.-3:30p.m. (Monday to Friday)

Location: Bryant University, Smithfield, Rhode Island

This summer program is a 3-week intensive Chinese teaching training and practicum program.

The targeted audiences are prospective and novice (0-2 years of teaching experience) Chinese teachers from public/private K-12 schools, teacher colleges or graduate programs, and heritage/community schools. Proficiency in Mandarin Chinese is required.

Aligned with ACTFL standards and STARTALK principles, the primary goal of the program is to equip teachers with teaching skills and strategies that will enable them to teach Chinese with at least 90% use of target language. With the focus on comprehensible input skills, the program also includes important sessions on national standards, backward-design curriculum development, and teaching technology.

Program Offering

  • 3 graduate credits (optional) from Bryant University with STARTALK-subsidized discount tuition, recognized by Bryant's Master of Art in Teaching and Rhode Island teacher certification program
  • Certificate of 90 professional development credit hours
  • Lectures and seminars by renowned scholars and experts
  • Workshops by experienced teachers to share teaching strategies and classroom activities
  • Authentic practice classes with elementary/middle/high school students
  • Team lesson planning, teaching and critiquing
  • Field trip to Newport Mansions in Rhode Island
  • Eligibility to participate in an optional two-week SUBSIDIZED study trip to China (early August) at additional cost
  • A limited number of campus dorms are available for FREE for participants who live 30 miles or farther away from Bryant campus (first come first served)
  • Breakfast and lunch are provided

Graduate Credits 

Participants have option to earn 3 graduate credits through this summer program from Bryant University’s Master of Art in Teaching program (MAT). Bryant’s MAT program is approved by Rhode Island Department of Education as a teacher certification program. The course name on official transcripts will be “EDU 610 - Special Topics in Curriculum Development Chinese Language and Culture.” The 3 graduate credits can meet part of the certification requirement.

Please note that the following additional classes and assignment are required to receive 3 graduate credits:

  • Additional class sessions: 3:45–4:45pm on 7/9, 7/14, 7/15, 7/21, 7/22 (tentative)
  • Additional assignment: Design a curriculum unit (a series of lesson plans), practice teach the unit in the summer program or in the fall semester (if possible), and share/discuss on reunion day in October.

The tuition for the 3 graduate credits is $900 (in addition to the $150 program fee). This is a discount tuition that Bryant offers to STARTALK participants only. Usually the regular tuition of 3 graduate credits at Bryant is $2,796. If you need graduate credits, please take advantage of this special deal. The last day to withdraw from graduate credit enrollment and receive tuition refund is July 11.


Proficiency in Mandarin Chinese is required. Previous experience of related teaching is not required. The program fee is $150 (non-refundable). 

Application is closed. For questions, please contact:

Mr. Kongli Liu
Associate Director for Academic Programs
U.S.-China Institute, Bryant University
1150 Douglas Pike
Smithfield, RI 02917
Phone: 401-232-6566
Email: kliu1@bryant.edu

Highlights of Previous Programs

From Past Participants

"It’s a very intense, rewarding, educational program well worth the time and commitment."

"I intend to highly recommend this program to my colleagues. I also hope to return next year with many of my colleagues."

"History, arts, language, and cultural information made this a very well balanced program."

"Hands on, excellent opportunity to refine your teaching skills, networking."

"I think the overall quality of the program was outstanding. The speakers, activities, and the contents were exceptional."

Past Presentations

Teaching Chinese as a Second Language: Standards and Proficiency-based Approach
Yun Xiao, Associate Professor of Chinese, Bryant University

Using Technology to Teach Chinese
Jie Gao, Newton Public Schools, MA

Getting Certified to Teach Chinese in Rhode Island
Lisa Foehr, Educator Quality and Certificate Specialist, RI Department of Education

Organize a “Chinese Market” in Class
Jing Xu, Montessori Children's Home, RI

Teaching Chinese Culture and Language with Big Maps
Kongli Liu, Bryant University

Multiple Roles of Chinese Teachers in School and Community
Chiao Bin Huang, Carlisle Public Schools, MA

Teaching Chinese Language and Culture through Tang Poetry
Lihua Zhang Shorter, Brookline High School, MA

Past Culture Activities

  • Calligraphy
  • Folk dance
  • Traditional holidays
  • Making dumplings
  • Ping pong and games
  • Traditional music performance
  • Martial arts and Taiji
  • Field trip to Newport mansions, RI

2011 Program Highlights