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NCLC14: Save the Dates!

The National Chinese Language Conference (NCLC) is dedicated to ensuring the wide-scale success of Chinese language education. Join us for the 7th annual NCLC, May 8 – 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

NCLC is the largest annual gathering of practitioners, policymakers, and school leaders with an interest in Chinese language teaching and learning in North America, and a key venue for bringing together U.S. and Chinese educators in the field.

Sessions will:

  • Offer practical, hands-on information and resources that participants can apply in their work.
  • Provide research and data to support claims and document outcomes.
  • Include best practices and examples of what works and what doesn’t.
  • Present programs or policies that improve educational access and success for all students.
  • Include speakers from multiple institutions and/or regions.
  • Foster dialogue between educators from different professional areas.
  • Offer fresh perspectives on critical issues in the field.

We look forward to seeing you in Los Angeles next May!

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Celebrating Chinese Language Teachers and Students

Last night we learned from a panel of extraordinary teachers: Jianhua Bai, Lucy Lee, Heidi Steele, and Xin Li. In the words of moderator Chris Livaccari, “If our language courses are only focused on grammar and vocabulary, we are doing our students a disservice.” The educators on stage—and their students via video—gave us an understanding of what language learning ought to be in the 21st century.

The Medfield Jazz Band, featuring erhu player Yang Ying, dazzled.

We will post videos of all main-stage sessions in the days to come.


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A Great Start to the Conference

Welcome to Boston!

We just got started less than three hours ago, and already we’ve learned a lot: how to develop a student-centered class; how to incorporate storytelling in the Chinese language classroom; how to assess reading and writing at different levels; China’s economic rise and what it means; how to blend Chinese language learning with the STEM subjects; how to build international programs; how to teach with documentary films; and a whole lot more.

And that’s just the beginning.

Share what you’ve learned through Twitter, using the hashtag #NCLC13.

It’s great to see you in person, and online.

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Comedian Joe Wong 黄西 to Emcee NCLC13

Just confirmed for NCLC 2013: Chinese-American comedian Joe Wong (黄西)! Joe has dazzled audiences with his hilarious performances on The Late Show with David Letterman and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and was recently the subject of a New York Times profile. He’s even roasted Vice President Joe Biden at the National Radio and Television Correspondents Association Dinner. A trained scientist with a Ph.D. in biochemistry, Joe’s unique—and intelligent—brand of bilingual, bicultural humor is a perfect fit for our conference themes and audience.



Look for Joe Monday night, April 8, on the main stage.

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On the Main Stage


Chinese language and culture experts take the main stage to discuss

  • China Across Subject Areas: The Career Connection
  • Equity and Access to a Chinese Language Education
  • The Future of Education in China and the United States


  • More than 70 breakout sessions and workshops
  • Two-hour workshops on teaching, assessment, technology, and research
  • Visits to Boston-area model Chinese language programs

This year, we have another great line-up of performers: comedian Joe Wong, the Voices of Renaissance Choir, Medfield Jazz, and the winners of the International Chinese Bridge Competition.

Voices of Renaissance Choir

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