Using the following language proficiency scale, indicate the number that most closely describes your proficiency (please select one for each category):
- no practical usable proficiency;
- able to read simple prose with difficulty, follow simple conversations, use the language to get around, but not as a means of exchanging ideas;
- able to read non-technical materials and technical writing in one's field, understand ordinary native speech, carry on an exchange of ideas though haltingly;
- fluency, accuracy, and range adequate for all normal social and professional situations;
- functionally equivalent to a well-educated native speaker; or
- native speaker;
Indicate how Chinese proficiency, if any, was acquired (e.g., "two years undergrad study at Indiana University" ; "married to a Chinese person" ; "raised in a Chinese-speaking family").
- Please provide a one-page self-introduction according to the following guidelines.
- If you are a non-native speaker of Chinese, hand-write your self-introduction in Chinese and email it to
. (If you are not able to scan it, fax it to 812.855.6402, "ATTN: CCLP".)
- If you are a native speaker of Chinese, write your self-introduction in English (word processing is acceptable) and email it to
- Please write a statement in English no more than two double-spaced pages and email it to
. Your statement should describe the following:
- Previous teaching experience of Chinese language (if any)
- A concrete plan for attaining certification and how the Chinese Pedagogy Institute will help you achieve that goal (for non-certified teachers)
- What are the most important qualities of a Chinese language teacher? (list at least three)
- What challenges do you anticipate meeting in the institute and how will you address them? (examples include keeping up with a heavy homework load of English readings and working with a partner whose strong opinions differ greatly from your own)
Advanced Track Applicants
To apply for the advanced track, you must have at least 3 years of teaching experience and submit a Statement of Purpose detailing (1) why you consider yourself ready to take the important step from teacher to mentor, (2) the vision you have for yourself as a Chinese educator, (3) specific examples where you exercised initiative and leadership to improve and broaden the impact of the Chinese language program in which you work, and (4) steps you have taken during your career to improve your skills and professional status as a Chinese language educator. Email your Statement of Purpose to
If accepted to participate in the Indiana University Chinese Pedagogy Institute, I hereby consent to being photographed by agents, employees, or representatives of Indiana University, the Language Flagship, and Startalk and to the use of photographs and videos in all forms of media for advertising, publicity, and other promotional purposes by Indiana University, the Language Flagship, and Startalk. I consent to the use of my name and the name of my school. I waive any right to inspect or approve the finished product, including written copy, wherein my photographs appear and waive all claims for compensation for such use or for damages.
I agree to the terms of this media release.
If selected for the Chinese Pedagogy Institute, I agree to complete all institute requirements. As a sign of my commitment, I agree to pay a $250 deposit in addition to the non-refundable registration fee of $100. If I successfully complete the institute, I will be refunded this deposit of $250, which will otherwise be forfeited.
If I am not yet certified, I further agree to pursue certification in Chinese language teaching at the middle and/or high school level.
I agree to the terms of this commitment pledge.
- Accepted applicants who are practicing Chinese teachers (at any level) will be required to send in a video clip of their teaching before the institute begins. The clip (at least 10 minutes in length) should show them accomplishing one instructional objective, such as teaching a grammar point or cultural concept.
- Accepted applicants will be required to bring a laptop computer to the institute with Chinese word-processing software already installed. Participants who do not own a laptop should borrow or rent one for the duration of the institute.