CPS and students featured at the 2016 National Chinese Language Conference in Chicago

The ninth annual National Chinese Language Conference (NCLC) was held in Chicago in late April and attended by 1,600 educators from across the U.S. and abroad. The conference was organized by Asia Society and College Board, in collaboration with Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban).

Chicago Deputy Mayor Steven Koch welcomed "this truly international event" back to the city (last one held in Chicago was eight years ago), and in a letter to the conference, Illinois Senator Mark Kirk emphasized that those who enable cross-cultural communication are becoming more important as the world continues to globalize.

"The U.S.-China relationship is the most important bilateral relationship of the 21st century," he wrote. "Encouraging strong ties among our young generation — through language — will ensure that this relationship grows and flourishes.”

Confucius Institute in Chicago (CIC) assisted College Board and Asia Society to organize the attendees of the conference to visit eight CPS schools. The visits generated very positive feedback.

CPS students of Chinese also presented Chinese performances at the conference opening plenary. See link below:

http://asiasociety.org/video/nclc-2016-chinese-learners-bridge-cultures-through-song-and-dance

CIC also sponsored all CPS and charter school principals of Chinese program to attend the conference’s opening plenary and all the CPS and charter school teachers of Chinese to attend the entire conference.

Topics of presentation by CPS teachers and students of Chinese at the conference included: “Building Communicative Competency Through Meaningful Activities” (CPS elementary Chinese teachers); “Bridging Classroom Practices to Real-Life Applications” (CPS high school Chinese teachers); and “Helping Us Prepare for Our Futures: A Conversation with Students” (CPS HS students of Chinese).