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1 New Jersey Chinese Language Teaching Initiatives Janis Jensen World Languages and International Education Coordinator New Jersey Department of Education Mary Curran Assistant Professor, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey 2007 Symposium on Asia in the Curriculum, Columbia University September 28, 2007

2 Chinese: A Critical Language in the Era of Globalization In a global economy, our students need to be prepared with world languages and culture. Eighteen New Jersey schools offer Chinese- but that’s not enough. We need to do better at teaching the high demand languages that are increasingly important in the new world... Governor Jon Corzine September, 8, 2005

3 New Jersey Department of Education and Rutgers State University Partnership  Background: The Beginnings of a Collaboration NJDOE Bi Annual Seminars on Teacher Preparation for World Languages (2002- Present) Rutgers World Languages Institute: Incorporating the Message of Standards-Based Reform

4  Building Capacity in Chinese The Launching of the Accelerated Chinese Certification Program Approval of the First World Languages Alternate Route Center  Other Rutgers DOE Reform Initiatives World Languages Regional Testing/Training Centers Evaluator: NJDOE FLAP Grant Project

5  Future Project: New Jersey K-20 International Education Resource Center  Creating an infrastructure for the development of a systematic and systemic approach for infusing international knowledge and skills, Chinese and other critical languages into New Jersey’s Core Curriculum

6 World Languages Certification Requirements -Undergraduate or graduate degree (accredited institution) -30-credits in language, literature, civilization and culture courses- up to 16 credits may be obtained by taking the NYU 16-Point Proficiency ExamNYU 16-Point Proficiency Exam -3-credits in a state-approved course on second language acquisition and related methodologies.second language acquisition and related methodologies -A rating of Advanced-Low or higher on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency InterviewACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview -Praxis II (where applicable)Praxis II -Completion of the above requirements leads to a Certificate of Eligibility to seek employment. -Candidates may then enroll in the Provisional Teachers Program/Alternate Route which leads to standard certification.Provisional Teachers Program

7 Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Chinese Language Teaching Initiatives Collaborators  World Languages Institute  Department of Asian Languages and Cultures  Graduate School of Education

8 Project Funding  Freeman Foundation Chinese on the Rise: A Collaborative Proposal For Coordinated Initiatives to Enhance and Expand The Training of K-12 Chinese Language Teachers  STARTALK Promoting Chinese in the New Jersey World Language Classroom

9 Freeman Foundation  Expand and enhance existing Chinese language and teacher training programs  Design and implement new options for Chinese language teacher training  Conduct a high school summer institute to provide internship experience for teacher candidates  Increase institutional cooperation to expand study abroad options in China  Enhance the on-line functions and content of the Rutgers Multimedia Chinese Teaching System  Promote and market these initiatives throughout the region

10 Teacher Training Programs  World Language Institute Accelerated Chinese Teacher Certification Program  Graduate School of Education and World Languages Institute World Languages Teacher Certification-Alternate Route Program  Department of Asian Languages and Cultures Master of Arts for Teachers of Chinese  Graduate School of Education Traditional Teacher Certification Programs

11 World Languages Institute Accelerated Chinese Teacher Certification Program  Composed of specially-tailored, standards-based, New Jersey Department of Education-approved courses in pedagogy, methodology, language and linguistics.  Suited for proficient speakers of Mandarin Chinese who are currently working in other fields.  Delivered in intensive two-week summer courses.  Facilitates achieving a Certification of Eligibility in as few as two summers.

12 World Language Teacher Certification- Alternate Route Program  Applicants to the program must have received an intermediate high score in Chinese on ACTFL’s Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI). must have 30 credit hours in Chinese language course work on a college transcript. must have a post-baccalaureate (BA) degree.

13 World Language Teacher Certification- Alternate Route Program 19-Credit Program Pre-service Summer Courses In-service Academic-Year Courses

14 World Language Teacher Certification Alternate Route Program Pre-service Summer Courses  16:617:500:D1 Methods of Foreign Language Teaching  16:617:504 Assessment in the World Languages Classroom  15:253:624 Practicum in Language Education [20-day supervised clinical experience in a summer school program]

15 World Language Teacher Certification Alternate Route Program Academic-Year Courses Fall Session Participants must successfully complete summer coursework with a grade of B or better and submit proof of full-time employment in a K-12 school to continue to the fall session course work.  15:255:536 Internship Seminar  :534 Classroom Organization

16 World Language Teacher Certification Alternate Route Program Academic-Year Courses Spring Session (two classes)  15:253:523 Language and Culture or  15:253:522 Bilingual/Bicultural Education  05:300:306 Principles of Classroom Learning

17 Department of Asian Languages and Cultures Masters of Arts for Teachers of Chinese  Designed for those already teaching Chinese and those interested in pursuing a career related to Chinese language and culture teaching.  Requirements include 30 credits of Course Work  9 credits in language  12 credits in literature and/or culture  6 credits in methodology  3 elective credits Comprehensive Examination, Thesis or Portfolio

18 Graduate School of Education Traditional Teacher Certification Ed. M. in Language Education with Certification Five-year Program for Undergraduates Post-baccalaureate Program  45 Credits  Two-year program (if done full time)  Two-practica (elementary and secondary)  Full-semester internship

19 STARTALK Project  Developed under National Security Language Initiative  Begin in 2007 with summer camp programs for 400 high school students and 400 high school and college teachers in 5 states  Establish summer language study “feeder” programs, grants and initiatives with K-16 educational institutions  By 2011, encompass all grades, with the goal of reaching 3,000 students and 3,000 teachers in all 50 states

20 STARTALK Summer 2007  Collaborative Summer Program  RU, WLI, and Princeton and West Windsor- Plainsboro Regional School Districts  Two-week immersion language camp for 53 high school students  Practicum site for 10 Chinese language teacher candidates  Scholarships were given to participating Chinese language teacher candidates

21 High School Student Comments  “I efficiently learned a lot in a short period of time,”  “As an out of towner, I am glad that I attended Chinese camp because in my town there are few (if any) resources for studying Chinese, so I am thankful for having had one.”  “I would recommend the camp in a heartbeat to my friends. I would tell them it was completely worth it to go.”  “It’s been an amazing experience!”  “Coming here I didn’t enjoy my past Chinese learning experience. This has given me a more positive attitude about learning Chinese.” (from student evaluations of the language camp)

22 “I really appreciate the experience to work with students in a real classroom setting with the help of the classroom teacher, the program instructor, my fellow student teachers and the district supervisors at Princeton High School and West-Windsor-Plainsboro Schools.” ( from a teacher candidate’s journal entry)

23 WLI Contact Information Rutgers Language Institute 20 Seminary Place New Brunswick, NJ (732)

24 Department of Asian Languages and Cultures Contact Information 43 College Avenue New Brunswick, NJ (732)

25 Graduate School of Education Contact Information 10 Seminary Place New Brunswick, NJ (732)


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