U.S.-China Institute at Bryant University

2017 Bryant STARTALK Chinese Language Teacher Program

Application | Highlights of Previous Programs

Dates and Time: July 5-25 (no classes on weekends)

Location: Bryant University, Smithfield, Rhode Island

This summer program is a 3-week intensive Chinese teacher training and practice program.

The targeted audiences are future and current Chinese teachers (with little or no teaching experience) 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, assessment, and teaching technology.

Program Offering

  • 3 graduate credits (optional) from Bryant University with STARTALK-subsidized discount tuition
  • Certificate of 100 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 middle/high school students
  • Coaching on lesson plan and instruction by lead instructor
  • Team lesson planning, teaching and critiquing
  • Field trips to Newport Mansions in Rhode Island and museum in Boston
  • 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)
  • Each participant can receive up to $100 reimbursement for travel to the program (air/train tickets or driving mileage)
  • Breakfast and lunch are provided (dinners and weekend meals are not included)

Graduate Credits 

Participants have the option to earn 3 graduate credits through this summer program from Bryant University. Extra coursework and assignments will be required. The course name on official transcripts will be “EDU 610 - Special Topics in Curriculum Development Chinese Language and Culture.” 

For participants who choose to enroll for 3 graduate credits, the additional tuition is $898 (after 50% tuition discount offered by Bryant University and $500 scholarship by STARTALK).

Graduate Tuition payment is required on July 5. The last day to withdraw from graduate credit enrollment and receive tuition refund is July 7. 


Proficiency in Mandarin Chinese is required. Commitment to fully attending the program and completing program assignments is required. Previous experience of related teaching is NOT required. The program primarily targets participants with no or little teaching experience. The program fee is $150 (non-refundable). 

Application Checklist:

  • Completed application form (download)
  • Resume
  • A check of $150 non-refundable program fee (payable to Bryant University)
  • Signed Liability Waiver Form (download) and Media Release Form (download)

Application deadline is May 31. Seats are limited. Please apply early as the program is usually filled quickly.

Please mail application package to: 

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."

"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


Comprehensible Input Strategies and Skills
Yu-Lan Lin, Senior Director of Foreign Language, Boston Public Schools

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