FEATURED RESOURCE: Asia Society China and Globalization
Self-introduction: “China and Globalization 中国与全球化, currently in BETA, is an important demonstration of what’s possible–and perhaps what’s necessary–in language education going forward….The concept is simple: Make modern Chinese accessible and relevant to a diverse population of learners–from beginners to heritage students–make it interactive and real-to-life, apply sound pedagogy and a flexible format, and offer it freely.”
Featured page: Explore. On this page you will find videos on a variety of topics. Some are pared with other teaching materials, such as vocabulary lists and lesson plans, others are interviews or short clips from the Asia Society.
Self-introduction: “The common goal of the Language Resource Centers (LRCs) is to promote the learning and teaching of foreign languages in the United States. The US Department of Education established the first LRCs at US universities in 1990 in response to the growing national need for expertise and competence in foreign languages.”
Featured page: Chinese language teaching material. This page is basically a repository for materials produced by all 15 LRCs in the country. The search function allows you to focus on a particular language or author.
Self-Introduction: “CARLA [at the University of Minnesota] is one of the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI National Language Resource Centers, whose role is to improve the nation’s capacity to teach and learn foreign languages.”
Featured page: CARLA Bibliography with China focus. This bibliography covers all materials that have come from research and presentations at CARLA. It contains 46 records related to Chinese language acquisition.
Self-introduction: “The Ohio State University National East Asian Languages Resource Center (NEALRC) was founded in 1993 as the National Foreign Language Resource Center. […] As of 1999, the NEALRC adopted its specific East Asian Languages focus in order to serve the needs of learners and teachers of East Asian languages as directly and immediately as possible.”
Featured page: Chinese CLASS Resources. In collaboration with the Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools (CLASS) (see below), the NEALCR collects teaching materials for secondary and elementary schools. Even though the page a little out of date, the images and some lesson plans can still be useful.
Self-introduction: “Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools (CLASS) is a non-profit professional organization that represents all Chinese language educators at all levels from elementary to secondary schools. CLASS advances and promotes the teaching and learning of Chinese language and culture at PreK-12 schools in the United States.”
Featured page: In order to have access to all the resources on CLASS, you have to become a member. Links to outside resources are available for non-members, including a link to the AP Chinese language and culture webpage of the College Board.
Self-introduction: “The Chinese Staffroom is the one stop shop for Chinese teachers of any experience. Looking for a Mandarin Chinese job, lesson plan, schemes of work or innovative ICT ideas? Do you want to network, keep informed and hear the very latest about Chinese teaching globally? Then the Chinese Staffroom is the place for you.”
Featured page: The Chinese Staffroom resource page is a great place to start searching for a wide variety of resources, including webpages, textbooks, digital tools, articles, and much more.