Mandarin Teacher Leadership Institute

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The UCLA Mandarin Teacher Leadership Institute

To ensure that K-12 Mandarin language and culture programs prosper, and students gain the needed proficiency to use the language in real world situations, California needs well-qualified language teachers in its classrooms. The UCLA Mandarin Teacher Leadership Institute (MTLI) seeks to provide Mandarin teachers with the necessary tools to become master teachers of language and culture, and the skills to serve as leaders in Mandarin teaching in the K-12 community.


With the adoption of Common Core State Standards, California's World Language Content Standards and the publication of the 21st Century Skills Map for World Languages and Cultures, California established a framework for K-12 language education. The state and national standards ask teachers to address specific linguistic functions, culture, and content in order to prepare students to use language in real-world settings. Using a standards-based approach, teachers identify language, culture, and content in authentic materials, make materials comprehensible through use of the target language, and provide opportunities for students to carry out interpersonal and presentational communicative tasks. The upcoming program continues our service to teachers in California.

Program:  “Technology as the Core of Standards-Based Mandarin Language and Culture Instruction”

Goals:  Participants will learn to:

  • Identify stage- and age-appropriate outcomes tailored to the needs of heritage and nonnative learners;
  • Establish objectives for knowledge (cultural/content), for communication and for control of form;
  • Create technology-enhanced interpretive tasks using authentic materials to make content comprehensible to students;
  • Explore various technologies that can be used to support interpersonal and presentational communication.

Course Content:  Participants will learn to use various technologies to enhance a standards-based approach:

  • Locating authentic materials on the web including video, music, art, graphics, text, data;
  • Making input comprehensible using PowerPoint (including MovieMaker for trimming movies); facilitating interpersonal communication through instant messaging, video, audio and written chats, emails, Voci/Voice Thread, interactive assignments and homework;
  • Supporting presentational communication using the technologies listed above as well as online postings, DropBox and GoogleDrive.


Session 1    Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013   9:00 AM-4:00PM
Session 2    Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014   9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Session 3    Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014   9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Session 4    Saturday, Mar. 22, 2014   9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Session 5    Saturday, April 12, 2014   9:00 AM-4:00 PM


California World Language Project
Department of Education – Occidental College
1600 Campus Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90041


Registration/Application Process:

All applicants are required to complete an online registration/application form, and submit a copy of resume via email.

Admission to the program is by invitation. Selection will be based on a number of factors including teaching experience, background, professional reference, online application, as well as geographic distribution. A goal of our program is to produce a cohort of trained teacher leaders who will be able to serve as language teaching mentors in diverse parts of our region.

Program Cost:

The cost of the program is $695. Scholarship support is available. Teachers needing scholarship support should email: Those receiving scholarship support will be expected to attend 90% of all class meetings.