CCS establishes Chinese language teaching center

April 15, 2008

Mission Statement

The National Center for K-16 Chinese Language Pedagogy is a center within the Center for Chinese Studies at the Institute of East Asian Studies. The Center cooperates with K-12 school-district partners, non-profit institutions and Berkeley faculty to develop coordinated programs that can be replicated across the state and nation. It focuses on developing curriculum guidelines at all levels, analyzing and recommending teachings materials, and developing best practices in the teaching of Chinese language and culture, with a particular emphasis on programs to strengthen the pipeline of qualified students who can enroll in advanced courses at the college level. Drawing on the expertise, resources, and human capital available at Berkeley, the Center facilitates a definitive response to the urgent need for increased expertise in Chinese-language instruction; and produce concise pedagogical tools and instructional lessons that may be learned and adapted by the K-12 and collegiate communities nationwide. The Center collects resource materials related to all aspects of K-16 Chinese language pedagogy and has them available both at the Center and online where appropriate.