STARTALK Summer Institutes for Teachers of Chinese

STARTALK and the China Program Center at UMass Boston offer a hands-on, technology-based Summer Institute to current Chinese language instructors, students preparing to become language instructors, or those pursuing employment in public, private and independent schools.

UMass-STARTALK Institutional Goals

  • Familiarize participants with the ACTFL World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages and current theories in second language acquisition
  • Promote understanding of American school culture and effective classroom practices
  • Learn student-centered pedagogy and apply it to the teaching of Chinese
  • Write curriculum units based the National Standards for Foreign Language Education and the STARTALK curriculum template

2016 STARTALK Summer Institute: Strategies for Integrating Technology into Teaching Mandarin

Put theory into action through task-based teaching! Develop technology-enhanced activities to engage students and manage learning with experts!

Non-credit: 70 PDPs
Credit: 3 Graduate credits from College of Advancing and Professional Studies (CAPS)
Location: Curry College, Milton MA

This course will utilize second language learning theories with an emphasis on practical application for teaching Mandarin. Participants will obtain numerous examples of how to put theory into practice and develop multiple uses of technology for integration into classrooms. It focuses on practice with and development of universal elements of technology that can be used across platforms to deliver and manage instruction that emphasize independence in learners, employing research habits across subjects, and opportunities for student-centered learning and presentation. Participants will learn engaging activities, ways to provide opportunities for students to work at individual paces, and numerous assessment tools and strategies. To realize all course goals, the summer institute has four components: to study and integrate the ACTFL World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages and STARTALK-endorsed principles to develop meaningful lessons, activities and assessment tools for students; to participate in workshops with a team of instructors, presenters and coaches throughout the institute; to observe examples of effective teaching in learner-centered classrooms at the concurrent STARTALK Mandarin Summer Camp; and to develop lessons for peer teaching, group practice teaching, and micro teaching to students in the Camp. A culminating project for those pursuing graduate credit will be to write a thematically organized curriculum with technology enhanced lessons and present it for peer and faculty review in the fall.

By the end of the institute, participants will have the competence and skills necessary to lead a classroom and will be able to:

  • Prepare and deliver classroom instruction using standards-based, thematically organized curriculum that integrates technology for better student comprehension, self-paced learning, and independence.
  • Facilitate technology-based lessons to maximize student outcomes, and design classroom tasks using online collaborative learning tools for presentation and assessment.
  • Achieve a skill set and framework (for lesson planning and teaching) that can expand and adapt as teaching experience grows and classroom curricula topics expand.

NOTE: The 2016 summer institute includes two additional half-day workshops, scheduled for Fall, and a follow-up day on Saturday, November 5 for participants seeking 3 graduate credits.


Yu-Lan Lin, PhD
Dr. Lin is the Executive Director of the Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools (CLASS). Her 34-years career led her from Chinese Language teacher to Modern Languages administrator to K-12 Senior Program Director of World Languages for the Boston Public Schools. Dr. Lin has served on the Chinese AP Task Force Committee for the College Board, as Content Advisor for the AP Chinese Program, and on the AP Chinese Curriculum and Assessment Development Committee. Currently she serves on the World Language Advisory Committee and the Academy Assembly Committee for the College Board. Her published work includes co-authorship of the CLASS Professional Standards for K-12 Chinese Teachers. She is the recipient of MaFLA’s Distinguished Service Award; NECTFL’s Nelson H. Brooks Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Profession and ACTFL’s Florence Steiner Award for Leadership in K-12 Foreign Language Education. Recently at UMass Boston, Dr. Lin designed and implemented a very successful professional development program for English language teachers from Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an China.

Yixing (Star) Lew
Star Lew currently teaches Mandarin at Newton North High School, one of the most developed programs in Massachusetts, where she has brought her many years of experience teaching middle school and developing curricula that meets and models the ACTFL World-Readiness Standards. Ms. Lew was a recipient of the 2013 UMass Boston Fulbright-Hays Group Study Abroad where she demonstrated her leadership ability and established herself as a versatile, well-informed, exemplary teacher. She has been a frequent presenter in UMass Boston’s programs for teachers, specializing in Backward Design and producing student-centered learning experiences.


The UMass-STARTALK Summer Institute for Chinese Language Teachers are offered as residential programs for participants living 50 miles or further from Curry College, Milton, MA. A limited number of rooms have been reserved for participants requiring accommodations.

Schedule & Fee

July 6-16, 2016
Wednesday - Saturday
(no class Jul 10)
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Curry College, Milton, MA

Follow-up Day:
November 5, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
UMass Boston

Non-credit: $275
Graduate credit: $375

More Information

Renee Covalucci
Associate Director

The China Program Center
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125-3393

Tel: 617.334.9348
Fax: 617.287.7922



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