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Elementary Chinese: 8th-12th Grade: 8/7-8/11 & 8/14-8/18


Monday, August 7 - Friday, 18, 2017


9:00 am - 3:00 pm


CCSU Main Campus, 1615 Stanley Street, New Britain, CT


Tina Wu





Course Description

Audience: This program is for students entering grades 8 through 12 in Fall 2017.


The aim of this course is to provide an intensive language and cultural learning experience to students through a standards-based and thematically organized curriculum to help students develop functional language ability in both spoken and written Mandarin Chinese. To add fun to learning, many cultural lessons and activities are included as an important part of students’ cultural learning experiences, such as Chinese arts and craft, Chinese games, and Chinese calligraphy.


Throughout the course, student-centered activities will be used to engage students in the learning process.  The National Standards for Foreign Language Education’s five goals: Communication, Cultures, Comparisons, Connections, and Communities (5 C’s) will also be addressed.


Performance-based assessment and evidence of learning includes a one-minute self-introduction, role plays, presentations of visual or performance arts, or videos. It will also include some assessment or reflection about students’ attitudes and perspectives toward the target language and culture.


At the end of the course, successful students will gain listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, attaining approximately the Novice-mid level on the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) proficiency scale by the end of the course.


*Students may be able to pass an oral and written exam at the end of the course, and test out of level 1 Chinese training at college.  This is dependent upon the college and its requirements.

Instructor Information

Tina Wu

Tina Wu received her Doctorate from the University of Connecticut in Curriculum and Instruction focusing on Second Language Acquisition and Instructional Technology. As a recipient of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Scholarship, she has participated in a rigorous Chinese Teacher training program at the prestigious Chinese Language School in Middlebury College, Vermont. Dr. Wu has taught Chinese at all levels at Central Connecticut State University and has participated in federally funded StarTalk Chinese Summer Program. In 2010 and 2011, she served as the president of the Society of the International Chinese in Educational Technology (SICET). She is an active speaker and presenter. Her expertise and professional interests include Chinese Language Teaching, Chinese Teacher Training, curriculum and instructional design, and educational technology.

Registration Closed – Course Full