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The Carolina Asia Center STARTALK Chinese Teacher Program aims to train secondary school Chinese language teachers to integrate community resources in curriculum design and pedagogical practice to support the development of students’ intercultural communicative competence. Sixteen Chinese language teachers with at least one year of teaching experience at the secondary level in the U.S. will be selected to join the program. Featuring 165 instructional hours, the program consists of three phases including 65 hours of pre- and post-program activities and 100 hours of summer camp. The summer camp will use a hybrid design consisting of two modules, including two-week theoretical and technical training followed by two-week teaching planning and practicum with peer teaching and micro-teaching. Using the backward design approach, the teacher participants will learn to design and implement a variety of student-centered tasks, which aim at facilitating students to produce language in the interpersonal and presentational modes in a culturally immersed environment. Post-camp activities intend to help the participants transfer the knowledge and skills gained from the summer camp into their regular classrooms and instructional contexts. Throughout the program, the instructional team will provide continued guidance and feedback to the participants and encourage reflective practice and community building.

The UNC team has already applied for funding to support this program in Summer 2023. More news will be posted here as it becomes available. Please reach out to cac@unc.edu with any questions.