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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 anicholson@chinainstitute.org 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.

Eligibility
• 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.

CURRICULUM

• 中国思想史:
中国思想史是中国历史学的一个重要分支,它介绍了中国古代、近代、现代思想的历史梗概,理清了中国传统思想的发展脉络,如先秦子学、两汉经学、魏晋玄学、隋唐佛学、宋明理学、明清实学、启蒙思想与近代思潮等等,主要讲授历史上各主要学派的产生、发展改造过程,展现给学生中国思想传统的整体风貌。

• 社会语言学:
本课程主要包括两个方面:语言与社会的关系,语言与文化的关系。就第一个方面,本课程将考察语言如何根据不同的社会因素(诸如社会阶层、年龄、性别、种族等)而发生变异,并探讨语言变异的原因。就第二个方面,本课程将探求皮钦语和克里奥尔语的本质,考察语言对人们世界观的影响,以及某些文化中的称谓、亲属系统、俚语、语言禁忌等问题。在阐述一般理论的基础上,本课程侧重介绍中国社会语言学的发展和特点,中国社会结构、社会变迁、语言规划等对语言的影响,并探讨汉语与海外华语之间的关系。

• 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:
作为枝繁叶茂的文学大树的一个分支,现当代文学在整个中国文学史上占有重要的地位,在文学教育上亦有重要意义。“中国现当代文学”课程叙述自“五四”新文学运动以来至20世纪末期的中国现当代文学,知识模块包括两大块:一是文学发展历史描述,涉及文学运动、文学思潮演变、发展轨迹,主要文学社团、流派介绍等。二是作家作品评析,主要是中国现当代文学中的名家和名著名篇的评价、分析。

本课程教学注重知识传授与实际运用能力培养的结合,而以能力培养为重,即着重提高学员对文学作品的阅读、鉴赏、分析能力,根据学生的具体情况及教学内容的特点,有针对性地采取讲授式、启发式、讨论式等相应的教学方法。目的使学生了解中国现当代文学发展的基本线索和面貌,并对作家(尤其是足以体现现当代文学最高水准的作家)的文学成就作整体性把握,培养学员对文学作品的审美性阅读和评析能力。