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Mandarin for Future Mandarin Teachers

July 6 – August 14, 2015

Mandarin for Future Mandarin Teachers (MFMT) was established in 2006 through Confucius Institute at China Institute (CI@CI), a partnership between China Institute and East China Normal University (ECNU). This summer program provides scholarships for a select group of pre-service and in-service Chinese language teachers to take professional development courses taught by distinguished ECNU professors who are leading scholars in their respective fields. Participants can earn graduate credits that may be used for Professional Development credit in schools or to obtain teaching certification from the New York State Education Department (NYSED).

The MFMT program offers:

  • • 4 Graduate-level Courses* ( 3 credits each)
  • • Chinese Cultural Immersion Excursions

FREE Tuition and Accommodation**
Program Length: 6 weeks
Program Location: ECNU, Shanghai, China

Early-bird Registration***: by March 16, 2015

Application Deadline: by April 30, 2015

Registration Fee (non-refundable): $30

Program Fee: $300 (due upon acceptance)

For more information, please contact Aaron Nicholson at or call 212-744-8181, ext. 138.

*The 4 courses are Social Linguistics, Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature, Chinese Lexicology, and Intellectual History of China.

**Restrictions apply.

***$30 registration fee is waived for early-bird applicants.

East China Normal University (ECNU) campus

2006 MFMT participants

2010 MFMT participants with Professor Gu Weilie (Photo Credit: Edward Lian)

Please click to download the application form.

• Speak Mandarin Chinese at native or near native levels
• Be currently teaching Chinese at an accredited U.S. public or private school
• Or be enrolled in a program leading to the career of Chinese language teacher
• Or seek a career in teaching Chinese in American schools
• Hold bachelor degree

Admissions are given on a rolling basis. Early application is recommended.

• All participants are required to secure, and bear the costs of their own air travel and other transportation between US point of departure and ECNU in Shanghai.

• All participants are required to assume full responsibility for the costs of obtaining a valid passport with a valid entry visa to China, any necessary immunizations, and travel insurance effective throughout the program. 

• In the event that a participant decides to withdraw from the program after acceptance and payment of the program fee, that fee is nonrefundable, unless the participant submits a signed statement from a physician indicating that the withdrawal is necessary for medical reasons.

• In the case of a medically-based withdrawal, CI@CI reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to decide whether a make-up session will be permitted; however, in that circumstance, scholarship will not be available, and any make-up session must be fully funded by the participant.

• CI@CI reserves the right to cancel the program due to insufficient enrollment or other factors beyond its control. If CI@CI must cancel the program prior to the start date, all program fees will be refunded, except for a $30 registration fee. 

• In the event that CI@CI must cancel the program after the start date, a portion of dormitory upgrade or extension fees may be refundable, depending on the cancellation date, subject to Confucius Institute at China Institute’s ability to recoup funds from the providing institution.


• 中国思想史:

• 社会语言学:

• 词汇学:
本课程以国家的语言文字政策为依据,贯彻理论联系实际的原则,系统地讲授现代汉语词汇的基础理论和基本知识,加强基本技能的训练,培养和提高学生理解、分析、运用、教授现代汉语词汇的能力,为他们将来从事语言文字工作、语文教学工作和现代汉语的研究工作打好良好基础。 学生熟悉词汇的有关概念,掌握语汇的组成、发展以及构词法、词义等基本知识,提高理解和运用词语的能力。

• 中国现当代文学: