CELIN Briefs on Chinese Language Learning and Teaching

In response to an urgent need in the field of Chinese language education for research-based information, examples of best practices, and resources useful for administrators, teachers, and parents, the Chinese Early Language and Immersion Network (CELIN), part of Asia Society’s China Learning Initiatives, has launched a series of briefs addressing different aspects of Chinese language education. Although these briefs have a focus on elementary school programs (kindergarten through eighth grade), the content and discussion are applicable to the study of Chinese in secondary school and postsecondary programs in colleges and universities.

The CELIN Briefs provide a synthesis of research, experience, and strategies in a specific topic area, with available references and resources. The authors of the briefs are scholars and experienced educators who are recognized experts in the field of Chinese language education. The CELIN Briefs are available in both English and Chinese. A flyer with succinct information about the briefs can also be downloaded and shared.

School administrators, policymakers, and teachers who need to make decisions about how to design or implement Chinese language programs will find these briefs useful. They are also helpful to parents, researchers, and teacher educators. CELIN staff members plan to continue developing briefs in future years. We welcome your feedback on these briefs and would like to hear about the ways in which you are using them. To send your feedback and suggestions for future topics for CELIN Briefs, please email us at ethan.celin@gmail.com.

Shuhan Wang and Joy Kreeft Peyton, CELIN Briefs Editors


Designing and Implementing Chinese Language Programs: Preparing Students for the Real World

  • Der-lin Chao, Professor, Head of Chinese Program, and Director of Chinese Flagship, Hunter College, City University of New York 

  • David Kojo Hakam, Curriculum Specialist, Teacher, Portland Public Schools Chinese Flagship Program 

  • Yu-Lan Lin, Executive Director, Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools

Download this brief in English or Chinese.


Developing Initial Literacy in Chinese

  • Michael E. Everson, Emeritus Associate Professor, University of Iowa 

  • Kevin Chang, Director of Chinese Program, Chinese American International School 

  • Claudia Ross, Professor of Chinese, College of the Holy Cross

Download this brief in English or Chinese.


Mapping Chinese Language Learning Outcomes in Grades K–12

  • 
Jianhua Bai, Professor of Chinese, Kenyon College; Director, Chinese School, Middlebury College
  • Luyi Lien, Academic Director, Yinghua Academy

  • Madeline K. Spring, Professor of Chinese, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

Download this brief in English or Chinese.

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