PENN-STARTALK Chinese Teacher Advancement Program


The STARTALK-Penn Chinese Teacher Advancement Program is a teacher enrichment program to provide STARTALK-approved training to fifteen K-16 Chinese language teachers for career advancement. Held at the beautiful campus of University of Pennsylvania, this two-week program will be from July 21 to August 2, each day from 9 am to 4 pm. The program will offer Penn expert discussions on China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China’s history of interactions in Central Eurasia, nationalism and Chinese minorities, ecological and environmental issues relating to the BRI, as well as pedagogy training, material development and micro-teaching. The program also features video editing training, a field trip to a Philadelphia high school and workshops in the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. This partial residential program offers travel funds to 10 out-of-state participants to cover their housing expenses during the program. Pennsylvania participants will receive ACT 48 hours toward their re-certification and career advancement. After the program, participating teachers will have new teaching materials that are World-Readiness Standard-based, with innovative culture content and technology components, to use in the new school year. Experiences gained from this Belt and Road Initiative themed program will offer great opportunities for language teachers to connect the subject to K-16 courses, such as Economics, World History, World Geography, Environment Studies, Arts and Music appreciation course.


Program Instructors:

Dr. Christopher Atwood, Professor of Mongolian and Early Modern Chinese History, EALC

Dr. Scott Moore, Director, Penn Global China Program

Dr. Mien-hwa Chiang, Director, Chinese Language Program, EALC

Mr. David Dettmann, Associate Director, Center for East Asian Studies

Dr. Maiheng Dietrich, Senior Lecturer in Foreign Languages, EALC 

Dr. Jiajia Wang, Lecturer in Foreign Languages, EALC 

Ms. Bonnie Wang, Chinese Teacher, Durham Academy Upper School, NC