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Chinese Proficiency Grading Standards for International Chinese Language Education: Understanding and Application in the U.S.


May 5, 2024
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM EDT

The “Chinese Proficiency Grading Standards for International Chinese Language Education” (the Standards), published by the Center for Language Education and Cooperation (the Center), under the Chinese Ministry of Education, has gained global recognition since 2021. The Standards, aligned with the HSK Chinese proficiency test, have been widely welcomed as a valuable resource and tool for teachers of Chinese as a second language worldwide.

Join China Institute in America for a one-day training, led by experts from the Center, offering an in-depth overview of the Standards, in comparison with the Standards with the “World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages” by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL Standards), providing participants with a comprehensive understanding of the measurable criteria specific to the Chinese language, including syllables, characters, vocabularies, and grammar.

This training will also focus on two key aspects: “culture” and “grammar” to showcase the connection between the Standards and its implementation in teaching Chinese as a second language in classrooms in the U.S.

All in-service Chinese teachers at primary schools, secondary schools, and colleges in the U.S. are welcome to attend.

6 hours of CTLE credits are offered for New York State teachers attending this program.

Program Schedule

08:30 Registration opens
09:00 – 09:30 Welcome remarks
09:30 – 11:00 Introduction to the Standards
11:00 – 12:30 Applying the Standards on Teaching Chinese Culture in North America/em>
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch; Self-guided China Institute exhibition: Shan Shui Reboot
13:30 – 15:00 Understanding the Standards: in Comparison with the ACTFL Standards
15:00 – 16:30 Applying the Standards on Teaching Grammar in North America
16:30 Closing remarks

Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided for all participants.
Travel and accommodation stipends are available for eligible attendees. Please contact us directly.

Contact: Yongqiang Lin,

This program will be in Chinese.

This series is made possible through the support of The Center for Language Education and Cooperation, and generous supporters of China Institute in America.


Xuesong Wang
Xuesong Wang 王学松

Doctor of Arts, professor and doctoral supervisor at Beijing Normal University, member of the Academic Committee of Beijing Normal University, and member of the National Graduate Education Steering Committee for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language. He has taught Chinese language and culture courses at Dartmouth College and Middlebury College in the United States, Sungkyunkwan University in Korea, and Kanazawa University in Japan. He has been honored as a distinguished professor at Beijing Normal University and one of the top ten teachers most beloved by graduate students. His research interests include ancient Chinese literature and international Chinese education. He serves as the editor of "Research on Chinese Culture and Intercultural Communication for Second Language Teaching.

Xianwen Cao
Xianwen Cao 曹贤文

Professor and doctoral supervisor at Nanjing University, the vice dean of the Overseas Education College, a researcher at the Chinese Language Strategy Research Center, the director of the World Chinese Language Teaching Association, the deputy chairman of the Teacher Development Professional Committee of the World Chinese Language Teaching Association, a part-time doctoral supervisor at Nanjing Normal University, and a special researcher at the Language Resources Advanced Innovation Center of Beijing Language and Culture University. He has been engaged in frontline teaching and research work both domestically and internationally for a considerable period. He has taught at Middlebury Summer School, the Monterey International Institute, and Grinnell College for many years. He has published over 60 academic papers, nearly 10 books and textbooks, and has chaired numerous projects funded by organizations such as the National Social Science Foundation and the Humanities and Social Science Foundation of the Ministry of Education.

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