News for teachers of Chinese in PA
CLTNet Newsletter October 2016
CLTNet of PA is an initiative spearheaded by the Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education and Research (CALPER) at the Pennsylvania State University. The goal of the initiative is to support teachers of Chinese by establishing a network of educators in our state and by functioning as a hub for quality resources. Team members are: Sue Calvin (Berks IU), Deborah Roney (Juniata College), Michelle Saylor (Bellefonte SD), Wen-hua Du (Penn State).

Four times a year - October, February, April, June - we will publish a newsletter that informs you about professional events for teachers, PA news related to Chinese language, and teaching and learning resources. We are using a mail service to reach you. To make sure that our quarterly CLTNet Newsletter arrives in your inbox, please add us to your address book or contact list.

CALPER and CLTNet of PA are projects funded by the U.S. Department of Education and in no way affiliated with any commercial business. As a national Language Resource Center, CALPER has supported language teachers and language education in the United States since 2002.        
What's Happening in PA?

Annville-Cleona School Boards looks at Chinese

The Annville-Cleona school board is looking into offering Chinese language and culture through the program developed by the Asian Studies Collaborative at the Berks County Intermediate Unit. At this point, the board has not made any decision, but we will watch developments and post updates on the CLTNet Blog.
Juniata's LiM in Chinese 

Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA welcomed three new speakers of Chinese to their Language in Motion (LiM) Program this fall. The international students will works with K-12 students in central PA school.
Read the full post on our site and find out more about LiM.
Asia Institute & PACIE Scholarships 

The Pennsylvania Council for International Education (PaCIE) and the Asia Institute announced a new joint-scholarship program, which will increase the global awareness and competencies of students studying at universities and colleges in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. These scholarships will support students pursuing global research, internships and study abroad programs in Asia. The link to PACIE is here, but currently the link to the scholarship page is not functional.
Are There Any New Resources? 

There are quite a number of resources available to teachers of Chinese. Because sometimes it can be difficult to keep up with what is new, we developed a CLTNet Web site in blog format, where we compiled quality resources, so you do not have to do all of the searching.

The site is steadily growing as we research and review materials for teaching, but also information that aids teachers in their professional development. We invite you to browse our CLTNet Resource Hub for Teachers of Chinese.

On the site is a button where you can subscribe to receive a weekly digest of new posts directly to your inbox.
If you would like to suggest materials and information to be included on the site, please write a note to  All suggestions will be reviewed.  
What Conferences and Workshops Are Coming Up?

CLTNet Summer Workshops 2017

CALPER conducted two successful workshops for teachers of Chinese in 2016 and 2015. Currently, we are working on our 2017 workshop line-up. We will let you know soon what we plan on offering next year.


We inform you on our CLTNet site and in our newsletter about upcoming events in our area, including the big national conferences of interest.

PACIE Annual Conference
, October 6-8, 2016, Philadelphia, PA. There are some sessions with a particular focus on China . Check the program .

Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association (PSMLA)
, annual meeting, October 13-15, 2016, Erie, PA. There some sessions with a focus on CLT. Check the program.

Chinese Language Teachers Association-Western PA Chapter (CLTA-WPA), Foreign Language Teaching Symposium, October, 16, 2016, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Website of CLTA-WPA

Chinese Language Teachers Association (CLTA) annual meeting  in conjunction with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), November 18-21, 2016, Boston, MA
Website of CLTA
Website of ACTFL

  • Jie Zhang (University of Oklahoma & CALPER Project Coordinator) will give a presentation on "Compound words, lexicalization patterns and pragmatic instruction"
  • James P. Lantolf (Penn State & CALPER Director) and R. Adam van Compernolle (Carnegie Mellon & CALPER Project Coordinator) will give a presentation on "A concept-based approach to pragmatics instruction" 

If you are attending the ACTFL Convention in Boston, do come by the CALPER Booth in the Exhibition Hall.  We are looking forward to catching up with you!  


If you know of an event of interest to teachers of Chinese in PA, please let us know. Email:

What's New on the Bookshelf?

A few months ago, Springer International published a new book " Chinese Language Education in the United States". The volume was edited by Jiening Ruan, Jie Zhang, and Cynthia B. Leung.

It contains 12 chapters on a range of important issues concerning Chinese language education in the U.S. and has great information for both the new teacher in the U.S. as well as the veteran CFL educator. The edited volume includes an overview of the history of CFL, the role of technology in CFL, chapters on teaching at the K-12 level and college levels, on teaching heritage language learners, study abroad and much more.

You can find out more about the articles in the book by going to the Table of Contents.
How Can I Be Part of CLTNet of PA?

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Soon we will create a forum on the CLTNet Website, where you will be able to share your ideas and teaching experiences and connect with others. In our next issue of the CLTNet Newsletter in February, we will make details available.

We hope you enjoy receiving this newsletter from CLTNet of PA and are looking forward to your support.

With best wishes,
Gabriela Appel - Project Coordinator, CLTNet Initiative

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