Thursday, December 13, 2012

Host a Guest Teacher/Study in China/Connect Internationally

The following information is provided by the American Councils for International Eduation:



The Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP) places EFL teachers from

China and Egypt in U.S. K-12 host schools for an academic year where they

teach Mandarin or Arabic language and culture. TCLP provides teachers’

salaries, healthcare, roundtrip airfare, training, professional development

funds, and ongoing program support. Selected host schools also receive

access to grant opportunities to support language learning projects. For

more information, please visit **. To speak with alumni

about their TCLP experience, join an online

*Program Application Deadline:* January 23, 2013


The Educational Seminars Program provides short-term professional

development opportunities to teachers and administrators from around the

world, for 3 week reciprocal exchange programs (Brazil, Portugal) and 2-5

week one-way professional development programs (India, China). Educational

Seminars provide airfare, training, travel health care, and living costs.

Visit for updates and more information or email

*Program Application Deadlines:* January 7, 2013 (India); April 1, 2013

(Brazil, Portugal); TBD, 2013 (China)



The Intensive Summer Language Institute* *(ISLI)* *provides fully funded

fellowships for non-native speakers of Chinese who are teaching Chinese to

spend six weeks overseas studying intermediate and advanced-level Chinese

in Changchun, China. Fellowships are available to current K-12 teachers and

community college instructors of Mandarin Chinese, as well as to students

enrolled in education programs who intend to teach Mandarin. Participants

earn ten hours of graduate credit through Bryn Mawr College, and are

provided with peer tutors and roundtrip airfare. All travel and

study-related costs are fully covered. Visit ** or

email ** for more information.

*Program Application Deadline:* February 11, 2013



Thank you very much for sharing these opportunities with your networks! If

there are any questions about the Teacher Programs, please feel free to

share my contact information.


Alena Palevitz

Program Officer, Teacher Programs

American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS

1828 L Street, NW, Suite 1200

Washington, DC 20036

Tel: 202.833.7522

Fax: 202.833.7523

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Top Chinese Social Media Networks

Ever heard of Renren? It's the Chinese equivalent of Facebook. How about Sina Weibo? Think Twitter. Check out the link below, sent to me by Donna Pigg, USA's Director of International Student Services and Admissions, featuring the top Chinese social media networks:

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Chinese Culture for Kids

Peggy Delmas and Paige Vitulli
As Peggy and I were cooking Chinese food and developing an outline for an article describing art activities inspired by our trip to China, we toyed with the idea of extending an exploratory art day planned for a few children to one open to all children of the faculty and staff of our College of Education. Chinese Culture for Kids took place today and we thoroughly enjoyed sharing our knowledge and experiences with the children and adults in our college. Students from kindergarten to high school, moms, dads, and grandparents were all engaged in creating terra-cotta warriors from Model Magic and practicing calligraphy skills on mini canvases.

Dr. McGowan and Dr. Guest painting canvases
the color representing good fortune,  joy and luck.
Libby and Callie painting and sculpting.

Anna and Jay
Artists and moms!

Even a Dad :-) Thanks for painting and sculpting with us Andy!
Libby was a fabulous artist and assistant!
Grand daughter Corinne and Dr. Santoli


Corinne exploring with Model Magic.
Samuel sculpting his terra-cotta warrior.
Calligraphy symbols explained by Samuel.
Showing off Callie's fabulous art.

Corinne trying out the chopsticks and Chinese white rabbit candy.

Adding to the video via SMART Board
Kungfu Bunny 3: Counterattack (featuring “White Rabbit” candy): 6 minute animated video by a student in the Communication University of China’s College of Animation and Digital Arts
The kids loved this video and asked to see it again at the end of our activities - Peggy