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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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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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Get the NCLC13 App!

Pack your smart phone, iPad and/or laptop—and don’t forget your charger. We’ll put your digital devices to work at NCLC13.

Download the NCLC conference app to

  • See the program schedule
  • Create a custom agenda
  • Network with others
  • Take notes
  • Rate sessions
  • Download presentations
  • Share photos
  • Connect via social media

Go to your mobile device’s app marketplace and search for “National Chinese Language Conference” and install.


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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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Sessions announced!

NCLC13 will feature 70 expert-led sessions. Educators at the higher education and K–12 levels will have an opportunity to discuss important issues including program articulation, teacher development and support, research, and more. Below is a sampling of breakout sessions. We are confirming more. Check back soon for the full program!

About At-A-Glance Schedule Sessions

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See What It’s About!

The National Chinese Language Conference (NCLC) is dedicated to encouraging dialogue in the field of Chinese language education and ensuring wide-scale success. You’ll hear keynote speeches from thought leaders, choose from more than 70 workshops, take part in cultural programs, visit schools, and network!

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Present a Session

The National Chinese Language Conference (NCLC) provides a high-profile platform for sharing new ideas and best practices in the field of Chinese language teaching and learning, Chinese history and culture, and U.S.–China educational exchange.

The conference will focus on program quality and sustainability, cutting-edge approaches to teaching that incorporate culture, technology, and international exchange, and best practices in the classroom leading to high levels of language proficiency.

As part of our commitment to introducing new voices and highlighting the latest developments in the field, we invite you to submit a session proposal and share your ideas and successes.

This year’s conference theme is Engage the Future.

Get more information and apply today to present a session or workshop at the 2013 National Chinese Language Conference.

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Follow Us on Social Media

The National Chinese Language Conference commands sell-out crowds every year. Popular events, like school visits and pre-conference workshops fill up quickly. Registration, early-bird savings, and other announcements will come throughout the coming weeks and months.

Don’t miss a single announcement! Follow @asiasocietypgl, @collegeboard, and @primarysrc on Twitter, and sign up for Asia Society’s Chinese Language Initiatives newsletter.

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Meet the Organizers

For the past six years, Asia Society and College Board have partnered to produce the National Chinese Language Conference.

This year, we look forward to working with Primary Source, a Boston-based non-profit that promotes history and humanities education by connecting educators with people and cultures throughout the world.

Learn more about the organizers here.

You can start to learn from Primary Source by joining one of their online China courses. Both courses run 10 weeks, from October 3 – December 11, or January 16 – March 27:
The Enduring Legacy of Ancient China
Changing China: History and Culture Since 1644


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