Chinese Teacher Preparation Program

Earn 30 credits within one year

  • Qualify for a Certificate of Eligibility for Teaching Chinese in K-12 Schools
  • Earn a second B.A. in Asian Studies-Chinese Language Track

Note: If you just want to earn 30 credits to satisfy the NJ state requirements for the teacher certificate, you need to take only 6 courses after sucessfully passing a Chinese language challenge test (e.g. NYU test).

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Requirements for Teacher of Chinese Certificate of Eligibility

To meet the growing demand in New Jersey school districts for certified teachers of Chinese, William Paterson University offers an Accelerated Chinese Language Teacher Preparation Program beginning in summer 2008. Within one year, students who successfully complete this program will be qualified for a Certificate of Eligibility and earn a second B.A. in Asian Studies-Chinese Language Track.

The 30-credit curriculum provides state-approved courses in Chinese language, pedagogy, methodology, and literature, offered in evening, weekend, and on-line format, convenient for the working professional. Partial scholarships may be available.

The Accelerated Chinese Language Teacher Preparation Program is ideal for heritage or native speakers of Mandarin Chinese who currently hold a BA degree and who seek a career in teaching World Language in New Jersey schools.
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Prerequisites:

  1. B.A. degree
  2. Permanent U.S. residency or F1 student visa  
  3. Fluency in Mandarin and English  

Eligibility to teach Chinese (CE):

Evaluation of international B.A.degrees.

Please note: if your degree is from a country other than the U.S., you must have your transcripts evaluated prior to admission to the Accelerated Program. For information:

http://www.naces.org/ or http://www.wes.org/

Click here to download the Non-Degree Admission application form

CHINESE TEACHER PREPARATION COURSESAccelerated 30 credit second degree
Courses are offered mostly either online or evenings (plus CISE 419)

CHIN 221 Chinese Spoken Language

CHIN 363 Methods of Teaching Chinese

CHIN 301 Contemporary Chinese Literature

On-line course

ASN 201 Intro to Asian Studies

 

CHIN 222 Advanced Chinese Conversation & Comp I

CHIN 400 Seminar in Chinese Literature and Culture

CHIN 302 Chinese Popular Culture (On-line course)

 ASN 270 East Asian Civilization (On-line course)

CHIN 314 Teaching Chinese Grammar

CHIN 310 Advanced Tutorial

OR
CHIN 200 Intro. to Chinese Culture
CHIN 375 Chinese Cinema

 

CISE 419 Methods of Teaching a Second Language

The 6 required courses for those who do not pursue a second degree include:

  • CHIN 221 Chinese Spoken Language
  • CHIN 222 Advanced Chinese Conversation & Comp I / or CHIN 314 Teaching Chinese Grammar
  • CHIN 310 Advanced Tutorial I or CHIN 311 Advanced Tutorial II
  • CHIN 363 Methods of Teaching Chinese
  • CHIN 400 Seminar in Chinese Literature and Culture
  • Plus one of the following courses: CHIN 200 Introduction to Chinese Culture, CHIN 301Contemporary Chinese Literature, CHIN 302 Chinese Popular Culture, CHIN 314 Teaching Chinese Grammar, CHIN 375 Contemorary Chinese Cinema

 

Fall 2012 Course Offering 

CHIN 311-60 Advaced Chinese Tutorial II, CHIN 363 CHIN 363 Methods of Teaching Chinese as a Second/Foreign Language, CHIN 302 Chinese Popular Culture

For more information, please contact Dr. Ming Jian at jianm@wpunj.edu, (973)-720-3716, OR, Prof. Lan Jiang, jiangl@wpunj.edu, (908) 542-1339

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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS  

ASN 201 Introduction to Asian Studies . This multi-disciplinary course introduces students to the geography, history, culture, society, economics, and politics of India, China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia.

ASN 270 East Asian Civilization . This course is a survey of East Asian civilization from its formative age to the present. The course focuses on the cultural heritage of East Asia, including Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism, and the diverse paths taken by three East Asian societies, China, Japan and Korea, in their efforts to build modern nations. Special attention is given to interaction between the three societies that gave rise to a strong cultural bond in East Asia.

CHIN 221 Chinese Spoken Language. This course concentrates on the further development of learners’ oral communication proficiency in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language. Through theme based and task orientated conversation and discussion, learners enhance their knowledge of key linguists aspects of Spoken Chinese, understand basic principles of Second Language Acquisition theories and pedagogical implications, and apply the combination of both into classroom instruction.
The class is conducted entirely in Chinese.

CHIN 222 Advanced Chinese Conversation and Composition I . This course concentrates on the enhancement of learners’ composition skills and multicultural awareness in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (CSL). Through theme based and task orientated reading, discussion and event-simulation practice, learners establish their knowledge of Chinese philosophies, literature and Sinology, demonstrate the major similarities and differences between Chinese culture and U.S. culture, and incorporate related elements into teaching practice to promote learning interest and ensure learning outcome in the CSL classroom.

CHIN 223 Advanced Chinese Conversation and Composition II. This course is designed to introduce students to methods of teaching composition and conversation to secondary school students. It aims to help students to gain an understanding of current issues, research and teaching approaches about teaching composition and conversation in the US. It will provide students opportunities to examine varied approaches of teaching composition and conversation in Chinese, to develop effective teaching methods for these two areas and to apply acquired knowledge and skills to a real classroom setting.

CHIN 301 Modern Chinese Literature in Translation . Introduction to the literature of 20 th-century China. It presents important historical and literary background, discusses literary trends and major authors, and analyzes major literary text in different genres with emphasis on short stories.(Taught in English).

CHIN 302 Chinese Popular Culture. Chinese popular literature, art, film, television, music, posters, and material culture analyzed from the perspective of ideology, politics, ethnicity, race, gender, and sexuality are shaped by and reshaped in popular culture. It will focus on the contemporary popular culture of Mainland China, though attention will also be paid to popular cultures in Hong Kong and Taiwan. In English.

CHIN 310 Advanced Chinese Tutorial. Intended for students developing knowledge of Chinese beyond intermediate level. It focuses on improving the learners’ Chinese language skills to Advanced-Low level specified in the ACTFL (The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Proficiency Guidelines. Within this framework, instruction aims at integrating listening comprehension, speaking, reading comprehension, and writing skills in order to help learners communicate meaningfully, effectively, and creatively in the Chinese language.

CHIN 311 Advanced Chinese Tutorial.This course introduces students to linguistic concepts necessary for teaching Chinese to non-native and heritage students. This course aims to build on students’ grammatical knowledge of the language, and focuses on language pedagogy and the application of grammar in the classroom. Taught in Chinese.

CHIN 314 Teaching Chinese Grammar. This course introduces students to linguistic concepts necessary for teaching Chinese to non-native and heritage students. This course aims to build on students' grammatical knowledge of the langiuage and focuses on language pedagogy and the application of grammar in the classroom.

CHIN 363 Methods of Teaching Chinese as a Second/Foreign Language. Designed to train students to teach Chinese to speakers of other languages. The course covers the current second-language acquisition research, various instructional strategies, proficiency-based instruction, performance-based assessments, and design of teaching unit and daily lesson plan in alignment with the NJWL framework and national standards for Chinese language learning. The course includes lectures as well as practical classroom experience. In Chinese.

CHIN 375 Contemporary Chinese Cinema. Course analyzes films of prominent A Fifth Generation @ Chinese film makers and discusses their form, cinematic codes, and historical context. (Taught in English).

CHIN 400 Seminar in Chinese Literature and Culture. Chinese literature and culture through reading and discussion of selections of major works in Chinese literature and culture. Examines major trends and issues, secondary scholarship, and research methodology in the field. The seminar requires students to read critically, analyze and write about texts of Chinese literature and culture, using both traditional Chinese research methods and Western critical approaches. Required of all majors who will seek teacher certification. Taught in Chinese.

CISE 419 Methods of Teaching a Second Language in Elementary and Secondary Schools. This course is designed to inform Subject Field (K-12) pre-service teachers of current theories and practices of teaching a World Language is elementary and secondary school. Students will gain in-depth pedagogical knowledge and understanding of language acquisition and literacy development in a second language. Specifically, students will apply their theoretical understanding and pedagogical knowledge to classroom situations. They will analyze and critique curricula, engage in inquiry-driven discussions about theory and methodology, and plan innovative instruction.

CISE 352 Practicum Internship. Practicum Internship. Working with an experienced cooperating teacher and under the supervision of an education professor, students observe the classroom, work one-to-one with students and the classroom teacher, and gradually take on whole-class responsibilities.  Students are required to develop an interdisciplinary lesson plan, do a teacher disposition self-evaluation, and continue to link portfolio artifacts to appropriate standards.  Students will meet periodically in an accompanying seminar to discuss their field experiences.