About At-A-Glance Schedule Sessions

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 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.

This year’s conference theme is Engage the Future.

At-A-Glance Schedule

The conference will formally commence with breakout sessions in the early afternoon of Sunday, April 7, and will close in the early afternoon of Tuesday, April 9 – with plenary sessions, 70+ workshops and breakout sessions, school visits, and cultural performances in between.

Sunday, April 7

9:00 AM – 7:30 PM Registration Opens
2:00 – 3:00 PM Breakout Sessions I
3:15 – 4:15 PM Breakout Sessions II
4:30 – 5:45 PM Plenary Session I: Welcome Ceremony
5:45 – 7:30 PM Reception in Exhibition Hall

Monday, April 8

7:15 – 8:30 AM Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
8:45 – 9:45 AM Plenary Session II: Kick-off
9:45 AM – 12:15 PM Exhibition Hall Open
10:00 – 11:00 AM Breakout Sessions III
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM Breakout Sessions IV
12:30 – 2:15 PM Plenary Session III (Lunch)
2:15 – 4:45 PM Exhibit Hall Open
2:30 – 3:30 PM Breakout Sessions V
3:45 – 4:45 PM Breakout Sessions VI
5:00 – 8:00 PM Plenary Session IV (Dinner): Gala Evening with Performance

Tuesday, April 9

7:00 – 8:30 AM Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
7:00 AM – 12:00 PM Exhibition Hall Open
7:30 AM – 12:15 PM Boston-area School Visits
Note that school visits run concurrently with workshops and breakout sessions on Tuesday (see below). Additional fee and pre-registration required.
8:45 AM – 9:45 AM Breakout Sessions VII
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Workshops, Teacher Swap Shop, Technology Forum, and Research Colloquium
12:15 – 2:00 PM Plenary Session V (Lunch): Closing
Schedule subject to change.


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!

Articulation and Proficiency

Unveiling the K–16 National Chinese Standards
Speakers: Jianhua Bai, Carol Chen-Lin, Dali Tan

From High School to College: How to Improve the Articulation of Chinese Language Learning
Speakers: Hua Dong, Xiaodong Zhao, Xiaoyang Zhou

Vocabulary Teaching and Learning: From Beginning to Advanced Level
Speakers: Jianxin Cui, Rui Ma, Wen Xiong

Criteria and Practices of College-level Chinese Placement and K–16 Articulation
Speaker: Hua Dong, Jin Zhang

Pedagogical Techniques to Reinforce Discourse Competence in Oral Proficiency Development for Intermediate Learners of Chinese
Speakers: Yuan Liu

Ensuring Advanced-level Proficiency in Immersion
Speakers: Michael Bacon, Myriam Met

China Across the Curriculum

Learning Chinese and Understanding Chinese Culture through an Interdisciplinary Approach
Speakers: Yunping Jian, Min Qin, Mo Zhang

Using Traditional Chinese Arts to Support Chinese Language and Cultural Studies
Speakers: Jingjing Jiang, Huajing Maske, Susan Zeiger

Using Visual Media to Teach about China at the Secondary Level
Speakers: Seth Kirby, Angela Lee

“China into the 21st Century”: An Interdisciplinary Approach
Speakers: Kevin Lawrence, Shenzhan Liao, Yan Shneider

K–5 Reading Strategies that Work
Speakers: Maquita Alexander, Elizabeth Hardage, Pearl You

Integrating Common Core Content Standards into Chinese Language Instruction
Speakers: Alicia Vinson, Yan Wang

Sustainability and Funding

Immersion Program: Strategic Planning for Sustainability and Growth
Speakers: Mary Cazabon, Vivian Tam, Gerald Yung

Leveraging STARTALK Resources and Impact
Speakers: Betsy Hart, Catherine Ingold

Curriculum and Instruction

Using Structured Language Activities to Build Chinese Proficiency
Speakers: HsiuWen Hsieh, Yu-Ju Tai, Kathleen Wang

Examining Reading and Writing Across Levels
Speakers: Tong Chen, Min-Min Liang, Min Wan

Learning by Doing: Developing a Student-Centered Chinese Class
Speakers: Hong Chen, Yan Wang

Immersion Programs: What Works and What Needs to Improve
Speakers: Shoufen Jacobson, Ynez Olshausen, Yanhong Ye

Creating Engaging Teaching Materials for 21st-Century Assessments
Speakers: Carol Chen-Lin, Janice Dowd, Lucy Lee

Engaging Chinese Language Students through STEM
Speakers: Ruby Costea, Susan C. Spinnato, Shuhan Wang

Storytelling and Comprehensible Input: Let’s Get started!
Speaker: Haiyun Lu

Chinese Characters: Incorporating Best Practices with a 5 C’s Approach
Speakers: Kevin Chang, Yea-Fen Chen, Claudia Ross

Math in Chinese Immersion Classrooms: Increasing Student Language Output
Speakers: Tessa Dahl, Sandra Talbot

Integrate Radicals into the Chinese as a Foreign Language Curriculum
Speakers: Weijia Huang, Levente Li, Mingquan Wang

Lesson Planning: From Paper to Practice
Speaker: Myriam Met

Math + Chinese = Better Math Scores – Why?
Speakers: Tingting Mei, Ping Peng, Jing Zhao

Storytelling and Technology in the Chinese Language Classroom
Speakers: Robin Harvey, Bing Qiu, Frank Lixing Tang, Xuan Wang

Qualifications beyond Teacher Certification
Speakers: Baozhang He, Juefei Wang

Providing Feedback to Student Writers: Written Commentary and Individual Conferences
Speakers: Mushi Li, Ying Zhang

Create a Schoolwide System through Professional Development
Speakers: Kevin Chang, Shuhan Wang

Developing an Advanced Content-based Technical Chinese Course for Engineers
Speakers: Wayne Wenchao He, Wen Xiong, Zongqin Zhang

Rhyme It! Act It! Speak It!
Speakers: Lijia Chen, Jian Gao, Ting Gao

Selecting and Applying Mentor Texts to Enhance Proficiency and Interaction
Speakers: Szu-Ming Li, Vivian Tam, Kai Tan

Integrate, Differentiate, and Assess Mandarin Language Development in Immersion
Speakers: Tara Fortune, Molly Wieland

Creating a Scaffolded, Free Reading Program for Chinese
Speaker: Cynthia Ning

Pragmatic Competence: Developing Real-World Communication in the Target Language
Speakers: Rui Feng, Meiru Liu, Lina Lu, Iris Xu

Take Me into Communities and the World ─ with Chinese!
Speakers: Chiachyi Chiu, Mei-Ju Hwang, Shuhan Wang

Enhancing Cross-Cultural Competence: Key to Success for Chinese Language Teachers
Speaker: Kun Shi

Chinese T.R.E.A.T.S. for Pre-K and Young Learners
Speakers: Elizabeth Hardage, Jin Ji

Program Models

Starting and Sustaining Chinese Immersion Programs in Urban and Rural Settings
Speakers: Christina Aguirre-Oliva, Brian Bordelon, Dianne Brissette, Xin Li, Kristin Mier

Effectively Building Study Abroad into the University Chinese Curriculum
Speakers: Xiaobin Jian, Xizhen Qin, Eric Shepherd

“Fifth Core” Mandarin Chinese Language & Cultural Program: Get Started!
Speaker: William Skilling

FLES Language Acquisition through Story-based Curriculum
Speakers: Chang Liu, Crystal May, Sheree Willis

How to Prepare K–12 Students for Success in a College Chinese Program
Speakers: Der-lin Chao, Yea-Fen Chen, Hongyin Tao

Yes, You Can Start an Independent, Nonprofit Immersion School!
Speaker: Margaret (Peggy) Sharkey

Global and Local Partnerships

Building International Programs: A Roadmap
Speaker: Suzanne Fox

The 3S Partnership: Developing Strong, Significant, and Sustainable Sister-School Partnerships
Speakers: Meredith Cargill, William Gurney, Lisa Justice

Cultural Intangibles that Impede Success of Certificated Foreign Teachers
Speakers: Margaret Chow, Betty Lau

Integrating the Study of Chinese Language, History, and Culture into a Strategic Vision for the Future
Speaker: Michael Kozuch

“We Need Chinese Teachers!” A Panel with Partner Schools
Speakers: Jeanne Cobb, Donnette Dais, Alice Zhang

Next Steps for Our Chinese Language Students: Study In and about China at the University Level
Speakers: Joe Fewsmith, Weijia Huang, Charlotte Mason, Debra Terzian, Lee Veitch

Leveraging Business and Government to Develop Chinese Language Education
Speakers: Sigrid Berka, Erin Papa


NECLTA Colloquium on Chinese Language Acquisition Research: What Every Teacher Should Know
Speakers: Cecilia Chang, Baozhang He, Wayne Wenchao He, Lung-Hua Hu, Claudia Ross, Yu Xiao


Best Practices in Chinese Language Assessment K–16
Speakers: Na Liu, Lynn Thompson

Using Performance Tasks to Improve Proficiency in the Chinese Immersion Classroom
Speakers: Michael Bacon, David Kojo Hakam, Yin Shen

AP Chinese Language and Culture: Strategies for Success
Speakers: Cecilia Chang, Richard Chi

Assessment Type: Which One?
Speaker: David Ellis


Technology in the Chinese Classroom: Creating a 21st-century Learning Space
Speakers: Amy Chang, Qi Li, Haiyun Lu, Elizabeth Tredeau