August 31, 2008

2008 Immersion Education Conference

Immersion Education:
Pathways to Bilingualism & Beyond
2008 International Conference on Immersion Education

October 16–18, 2008Crowne Plaza Riverfront Hotel Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA

Language immersion education has emerged as a uniquely constituted, highly effective program model for launching students on the road to bilingualism, multilingualism and intercultural competence. School-based immersion programs follow a variety of paths, including one-way foreign language immersion, two-way bilingual immersion, and indigenous immersion for language and culture revitalization. While each pathway targets distinct socio-cultural contexts and educational needs, all are grounded in a set of core characteristics with a strong focus on subject matter learning as well as language development.

Under the leadership of two national centers in the U.S., CARLA (Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition, University of Minnesota) and CAL (Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, D.C.), this third international conference on immersion education brings these pathways together to engage in meaningful dialogue and professional exchange across languages, levels, learner audiences, program models and sociopolitical contexts.

Featured Plenary Presentations & Speakers

Keynote Address
Immersion Education: Intercultural Competence
for Tomorrow’s Global Citizens
Myriam Met
Senior Research Associate
National Foreign Language Center
University of Maryland

Plenary Speakers

Learning to Read in a Second Language
Fred Genesee
Professor of Psychology
McGill University; Montreal, Quebec

Immersion in Hong Kong and Mainland China
Philip Hoare
Associate Professor
Hong Kong Institute of Education

Integrating Identity and Culture in Hawaiian Immersion
Kauanoe Kamana
Associate Professor, Hawaiian Medium Curriculum
William H. “Pila? Wilson
Professor and Chair, Hawaiian Studies Division
University of Hawai‘i at Hilo

Counterbalancing Form-Focused and
Content-Based Instruction in Immersion Pedagogy
Roy Lyster
Associate Professor of Second Language Education McGill University; Montreal, Quebec

This unique event offers over 90 paper sessions, discussion sessions and symposia that address the four main conference themes: Immersion Pedagogy, Culture and Identity, Policy and Advocacy and Program Design and Evaluation. See the online conference schedule at:

May 1, 2008

Principals Summit

*Educators meet in Minneapolis for groundbreaking summit*Sometimes the quest to learn is so great, people will travel greatdistances to do so. ... Forty school principals from China are inMinneapolis this week for a groundbreaking, first-of-its-kind U.S.-ChinaPrincipal's Summit at the University of Minnesota.

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April 25, 2008

Principals Summit at the U

On Tuesday, April 29 and Wednesday April 30 the University's China Centerwill host a "Sino-US Education Summit" featuring 50 Chinese school principals and US counterparts from K-12 schools and our universitydiscussing educational challenges of the 21st Century.

The event is FREE toCEHD faculty and staff, but registration is required. Registration forms may be dropped off to Terry Anderson in 104 Burton Hallor emailed to Today (Friday April 25) is the LAST DAY toguarantee your spot at the conference.

China Day Pictures!










China Day


4月18 日,明尼?达大学中国中心在Northrop礼堂?功举办了第六届中国日。?自?城9所高中的850??学习中文的学生?加了这项活动。

本届中国日的主题是2008年北京奥?会。明尼?达大学国际项目副主任Meredith McQuaid和中国中心主任张永维分别?表了简短的欢迎讲?。明尼?达大学历?系和社会学系的教授Chris Isett和Doug Hartman?了主题演讲并回答了学生问题。?自?学校的学生代表上??与了有关奥?会的中英文知识问答(jeopardy game)。明大亚洲语言文化系主任Joe Allen?了简短讲?。???中国中心组织了抽奖活动,近百??学生得到了北京奥?T?衫等奖?。最??校学生代表用中文介?了自己的学校和中文课程并得到了中国中心赠?的奥?礼?。


March 26, 2008

Made by China

Please join us at the East Asian Library [April 8th, one week from today] for "Made by China," the second brown bag discussion of our China Today series. Our speaker Seth Werner, lecturer of Marketing and Logistics Management, Carlson School, has given a well-received presentation named "Made in China" at Weisman Museum last October. This time Mr. Werner will discuss more on the transition from "Made in China" to "Made by China," and how China’s early policies regarding foreign investment have prepared China for future growth. Mr. Werner will share with the audience basic information about recent trends in foreign investment in China and his thoughts on how Chinese firms are starting to grow into markets beyond China’s boarders. A key thesis is that these firms are using important market tools well beyond the stereotypical “price advantage.? A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

The East Asian Library will provide fresh tea and light Chinese treats.

Date: Tuesday (4/08/2008)
Time: 11:45am-1:00pm
Place: East Asian Library, Wilson Library Subbasement, West Bank

March 20, 2008

Seeking Chinese students and faculty?--principals forum

The first annual Sino-US Education Forum will take place in the Universityof Minnesota's Coffman Union on April 29-30, 2008. This event will feature100 Chinese principals plus University of Minnesota participants. The host of the event, the University's China Center, is seeking students,faculty, or staff who would be interested in participating in the event asinterpreters (see note below from Jennifer Wu Dunn of the China Center).

"We will need many qualified Chinese-English interpreters to interpret about11 plenary sessions (on 4/29 and in the morning of 4/30) and 3 break-outsessions (in the afternoon of 4/30). Some sessions will be from Chinese toEnglish, and others from English to Chinese."

Registration for the conference is free, but will be very limited.Interpreting would ensure your participation in this historic event. If youare interested in interpreting, please contact me (

March 5, 2008

National Chinese Language Conference

Professor Connie Walker sent this info on National Chinese Language Conference:


National Chinese Language Conference
Building Global Competence of U.S. Students:
Making Chinese Accessible for All

April 17-19, 2008
Renaissance Hotel, Washington, D.C.

More info at: