A testament to the quality of language instruction at Penn—and a significant factor contributing to the quality of language instruction at Penn—is the extraordinary role that Penn’s language teaching staff play in teaching beyond Penn. Working closely with Penn’s Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS), the Penn Chinese Language Program has received its eighth consecutive annual Department of Defense STARTALK grant. To increase the number of Americans learning, speaking, and teaching critical-need foreign languages, between 2007 and 2014, Penn STARTALK has taught Chinese (and provided generous scholarships) to nearly 200 high school students and 14 K-12 teachers, focusing on the Chinese language and Chinese language pedagogy, respectively. Since 2017, CEAS has collaborated with the Chinese Language Program (CLP) to train Chinese language teachers with STARTALK-funded summer programs, merging cutting-edge pedagogy, technology, and global content related to China’s ‘One Belt One Road’ Initiative.

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