Professional Organizations for Chinese Language Teachers

Educators (Asia Society)

There are several professional organizations that represent Chinese language teachers at various levels and provide resources for those seeking professional exchange, certification, continuing education, and employment opportunities among other services. The two primary groups are:

  • Chinese Language Teachers Association (CLTA) | link

    A professional organization devoted exclusively to the study of Chinese language, culture and pedagogy, with a membership composed of specialists in Chinese language, literature, linguistics and culture teaching at colleges and universities, as well as teachers of Chinese at primary and secondary schools

  • Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools (CLASS) | link

    A professional organization primarily devoted to providing professional support to primary and secondary education Chinese language teachers

There are a number of smaller groups that might be regionally based, or whose mission extends beyond serving Chinese language teachers:

  • Center for Global Education at Asia Society | link
  • Alliance for the Advancement of Heritage Languages | link
  • Association of Chinese Schools (ACS, East Coast schools) | link
  • Chinese Language Teachers Association in Greater New York | link
  • The Chinese School Association in the United States | link
  • National Chinese Association of Chinese Language Schools | link
  • National Office of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language(Hanban) | link
  • Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) | link
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages | link
  • National Foreign Language Center | link
  • National Coalition of Less Commonly Taught Languages | link
  • Title VI International and Area Studies National Resource Centers | link

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