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2019 City University of Seattle Startalk Teacher Certification(1/29/19 Update)

Background: Startalk, funded by the National Security Agency (NSA), administered by the National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) at the University of Maryland, has goals to 1) increase the number of qualified teachers of Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Farsi, Hindi, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu; 2) increase numbers of students taking these languages; and 3) create infrastructure for curricula, materials and resources to support teaching/learning the critical languages (

What: City University of Seattle has 15 scholarships available for fluent speakers of Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Portuguese or Spanish to take coursework towards  Washington state teacher certification, subject to February 2019 Startalk Central grant award announcement and CityU and state changes.

How:Teacher candidates who qualify (pass required tests, interview/conversation) will be enrolled in CityU’s Alternative Route 2 or 3 or 4 teacher certification program on a first qualified, first scholarshipped basis).


  • CityU Startalk Teacher Certification: until spaces filled or May 12
  • All tests taken no later than May 12, 2019, with official passing test scores received after that.

Schedule:  June 22-28 online; June 29-July 19 on-site, with July 4 off; 7:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. NOTE: Teacher candidates will have pre-program reading, online assignments; assignments outside of class time, and some assignment due dates beyond July 19.

  • June 22-28: Online program: online readings/videos; reflection papers due June 28
  • June 29 Workshop: Backwards Design, thematic unit and lesson planning
  • July 1 CityU orientation and first certification class begins
  • July 2, 3, 5 Certification classes, including lab school preparation
  • July 8-12 Morning lab school with afternoon certification class
  • July 15-17 Morning lab school with afternoon certification class
  • July 18 Last day morning lab school; continue certification class
  • July 19 Wrap up class activities, surveys, evaluations, certificates of summer completion

Where: Chong Wa Hall, 522 7thAve. S, Seattle Chinatown 98104

Teacher Candidate Pre-requisites to Receive a Startalk Scholarship:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in the U.S. or other country.
  2. Passing the WEST-B (Washington Educator’s Basic Skills Test) Reading, Writing and Math ( Substitutions: See website for more B study materials:
  3. Passing Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, or Spanish ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPIc) and Writing Proficiency Test (WPT Internet) for world language teachers. Passing score: Advanced Low                       
  4. Passing your choice of ONE of the following Alt Route endorsement areas:
  • Special Education (WEST-E 070) + Elementary Education NES 102 and NES 103; or Special Education + math (NES 203 or NES 204)
  • ELL(WEST-E 051)+ ELED I (NES 102) and ELED II (NES 103); or ELL plus math (NES 203 or NES 304)
  • Mid Grades Math: (NES 203): Passing NES 203 enables you to teach math 4th-9th Mid Grades Math does not include trigonometry and calculus.
  • Secondary Math (NES 304):Passing NES 304 enables you to teach math 5th-12th

Additional Information:

  • The Designated World Languages(WEST-E 100) test may be taken near the end of certification; passing it enables you to teach Chinese, Korean or Portuguese (fulfills Startalk Central Goal 1: increase numbers of teachers of critical languages).
  • Bachelor’s degrees from outside the U.S. need to be evaluated for equivalency. Below is one area evaluation agency:

Foundation for International Services
505  5th Avenue South, Suite 101
Edmonds, WA 98020
Phone: 425-248-2255

  • 80 hours teaching and/or tutoring or experience with children required.
  • Summer tuition scholarships available for qualifying candidates.
  • CityU Startalk cannot apply for visas or sign for those needing visas to participate in the CityU of Seattle Startalk Teacher Certification Program.
  • Limited number of vouchers available to cover the cost of WEST B testing.

Questions? Contact Betty Lau, CityU of Seattle Startalk director:

Startalk Applicants:  1) Email your resume to Betty Lau.  2) Interviews will be arranged.

2018 Spokane Workshop Recap

华盛顿州中文教师学会于2018年9月15日在东华盛顿大学斯坡坎校区举办“差异化教学”的研习会圆满成功。本次的研习会由华盛顿州中文教师学会主办,华盛顿州孔子学院(CIWA),华盛顿州语言教学协会(WAFLT) 和东华盛顿大学现代语言及文学系(MLL)联合协办。

此次的研习会由目前在西雅图学区的Chief Sealth 国际高中(Chief Sealth International High School) 任职的王逸玨(Yea-Jae Wang)老师主讲,王老师在小学和中学从事中文教学多年、而且具备课程研究开发和师资培训经验。在三个小时的研习会中,王老师跟参与的老师介绍差异化教学及其理论基础,差异化教学的主要理念及其应用,和差异化教学的策略。王老师由浅入深地带领大家探讨差异化教学的精髓, 并且提供教学实例和学生的作品,让老师们能更具体的了解如何把差异化教学的策略运用在课堂上。


Spokane Workshop 2018

Spokane Workshop 2018

Spokane Workshop 2018

Spokane Workshop 2018

2018 CLTA-WA Summer Workshop Recap


On August 18, 2018, Chinese Language Teachers Association-WA (CLTA-WA) held a successful workshop on Making It Real: Speaking, Reading, and Grammar for Authentic Communication, at Westside School in Seattle. This workshop was led by Dr. Bridget Yaden, Professor of Hispanic Studies and Director of the Language Resource Center at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) in Tacoma, Washington, and  was co-sponsored by the Chinese Language Teachers Association-USA (CLTA-USA) and the Washington Association for Language Teaching (WAFLT).

There were many topics covered during the workshop and the presenter, Dr. Bridget Yaden did an outstanding job of sharing her expertise with us. Participants explored examples of meaningful communication activities through hands-on experience in pairs, small groups, and as a whole group. They also learned how to access free resources for authentic communication through speaking and reading. As the Language Resource Center Director, Dr. Bridget Yaden shared many cutting edge websites and apps for a communicative classroom.

The workshop was well attended by 58 participants, including teachers representing many world languages. Everyone was very satisfied with the workshop and found the ideas and techniques informative and useful.

2018 CLTA-WA Vice President and New Board of Directors Election is OPEN now!

Voting Instructions for Vice President and Board of Directors 

Please take few minutes to view candidates’ bios before casting your vote. 2018_CLTA-WA Candidates’ Bios

Each member can vote for One vice president candidate and Four board of director candidates.  All ballots will be reviewed and approved by the Election Committee and their determination as to the votes cast by that ballot is final for purposes of such CLTA-WA election decisions.

Complete the form below to cast your votes. Click on “Yes” next to the names of the candidates you would like to vote for. Click on “No” next to the name(s) of the candidate(s) you are not voting for.

Please note: select either “Yes” or “No” for ALL candidates. If neither is checked, your votes will not be submitted successfully.  Elections close on 2018-04-23. Thank you for voting!

* Candidates for Board of Directors are arranged in the alphabetical order.

Nominations for 2018-2021 New Board Members Are Officially Open!

Currently CLTA-WA has four openings for board members to start June 2018. CLTA-WA invites qualified individuals to either be nominated by fellow members or apply on their own.

Nominations for these positions open on March 11, 2018 and will close on March 25, 2018.

Please note that CLTA-WA board members need to:

  • be a CLTA-WA member in good standing as of March 25, 2018
  • possess the necessary qualities and skills and be willing to perform the duties as described in the attached document Board-position-and-duties
  • be willing to serve a three-year term (June 2018-June 2021)

Please log in to the CLTA-WA website to fill out the nomination form below:

The committee will contact nominees to verify if they wish to advance to the next step of the nomination process. Those that wish to pursue the role of board member will be required to submit their bios by April 1, 2018. Below are the bio requirements:

  • Submit a short bio in English including a statement of intent (about 200-300 words in length, preferably in one paragraph)
  • Send to the Nomination Committee via email to Yea-Jae (Pollyanna) Wang at

Review of the Statement of intent and bio will be completed by April 9, 2018.  A list of qualified candidates will be put forth for membership vote starting on April 9, 2018 and will remain open until April 23, 2018.The new board members will be announced on May 3, 2018.

This is our opportunity to select board members who are devoted to serving our organization.  We strongly encourage you to nominate qualified candidates or apply for those positions. Thank you for your time.


CLTA-WA president and the Election Committee

Startalk Teacher Certification Pre-requisites

Startalk Teacher Certification Pre-requisites

State Requirements:

1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college in the U.S. or other country.
2. Passing scores on the WEST B (Washington Educator’s Basic Skills Test) in Reading, Writing and Math (

  • Most find that 5 hours is not enough time to do all three tests.
  • Past test takers recommend signing up for reading and math first and then taking the writing test in a separate session.
  • Substitutions: C-BEST, SAT or ACT scores (see OSPI website)
  1. Startalk Requirement: Passing scores on the world language test: ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPIc) and the Writing Proficiency Test (WPT). Choose a Startalk language.
  • Sign up for the OPIc if available; it’s more cost effective than asking for an in-person tester.
  • In Washington state, passing is set at Advanced Low.
  1. Note: CityU requires passing one of the following in order to enroll in its alternate route certification program:
  • Either ELL (WEST E 051), plus NES 102 and NES 103.Passing these tests will enable you to teach ELL P-12 and/or elementary grades K-8.
  • Or Special Education (WEST E 070); passing this will enable you to teach SpEd P-12.
  • Or Secondary Math (grades 6-12), NES 304
  • Or Mid Grades Math (grades 5-9), NES 203. The difference is the Mid Grades Math test does not include trigonometry and calculus.
  • Note: Passing NES 203 will enable you to teach math 5th-9thgrades; passing NES 304 will enable you to teach math 6th-12thgrades.

Other endorsements may be added near the end of certification, such as the Designated World Language (E 100) in order for you to teach a Startalk language.

Potential teacher candidates need to start taking the tests as soon as possible because of possibly needing to wait and re-take one or more of the above tests. The waiting period for a re-test is 45 days for the WEST B. And it takes up to six weeks for certain test scores to come in. Test Taking Deadline: May 1, 2019.

Questions? Contact Betty Lau, CityU Startalk director:


2017 CLTA-WA Spokane Fall Workshop Recap

The fall workshop Integrated Performance Instruction and Assessment was led by Mrs. Chungman Gissing and held at Eastern Washington University (EWU) on Saturday, October 28th, 2017. As a lead teacher in summer Startalk program at the University of Hawaii, an IB examiner, and a teacher trainer, Mrs. Gissing brought a wealth of knowledge to share with this year’s participants.

Mrs. Gissing led an engaging and informative workshop that included many valuable hands-on activities. Participants looked at examples of meaningful communication activities and tasks in a language classroom, analyzed and examined different lesson plans, and used a backwards design lesson plan template to design lessons using language in meaningful and authentic situations.

Workshop participants were very happy with the workshop and found the ideas and techniques shared during the session were beneficial. We want to extend our appreciation to the sponsors:  CLTA-WA, the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington, and EWU’s Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

2017年10月28日华盛顿州中文教师学会在东华盛顿大学斯坡坎校区举办的整合性教学及表现评估 (Integrated Performance Instruction and Assessment) 的研讨会圆满成功。本次的研讨会由华盛顿州中文教师学会主办,华盛顿州孔子学院及东华盛顿大学现代语言及文学系联合协办。

此次的研习会由具有多年在中美两国教授汉语及做师资培训的Chunman Gissing (洪春满)老师带领。 洪老师目前担任夏威夷大学夏季星壇 (Startalk)课程的首席老师,IB考官,她也长期 致力于提倡及编写适龄及适级的中文学习读物。 研习会中她透过许多具教学意义的活动及任务范例让与会的老师们讨论、分析语言教学中的三种沟通模式; 洪老师也强调实施整合性教学有助语言学习的重要性,之后老师们进行小组讨论、分析和审查了不同的整合性教学课程计划, 与会的老师们最后依循整合性教学原则设计自选的教学主题。

研习过程中,洪老师给于许多宝贵的教学技巧和建议,让在场的20位老师获益匪浅。老师们纷纷表示对这次的演习活动及演习会场都很满意,对洪老师的精心设计的活动及教学课程范例, 老师说她们可以稍加变化,运用在自己的课堂上。与会的老师们也感谢华州中文教师学会特别在东华盛顿州举办这次的研习活动。

2017 Spokane Fall Workshop

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2017 CLTA-WA Fall Workshop Recap



2017 Fall

On September 30, 2017, Chinese Language Teachers Association-WA (CLTA-WA) held a successful workshop on Developing Effective Lesson Plans for Chinese Language Teaching at the Odegaard Undergraduate Library of the University of Washington.

The workshop was co-sponsored by the East Asia Center of UW, the Department of Asian Languages and Literature of UW, and the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington.

Nyan-Ping Bi , the workshop presenter, is the principal lecturer in Chinese language at the University of Washington and  the 2016 UW distinguished teaching award winner. She is experienced in teaching Mandarin Chinese at all levels of proficiency and teacher training. Her recent publications include the 4th Edition of Integrated Chinese 中文听说读写 (co-authored) and Teaching Chinese as a Second Language: Curriculum Design & Instruction 课程设计与教学实例 (co-edited). The workshop opened with detailed breakdown of how to succeed with developing effective lesson plans. Bi answered questions with specific examples and gave participants hands-on practice. Workshop participants were grouped based on their choices of language standards, such as ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines, AP Chinese scoring guidelines, IB Chinese guidelines, textbook guidelines, and requirements set by schools or school districts. The workshop venue that the East Asia Center and the Department of Asian Languages and Literature sponsored was an active learning classroom fully equipped with the highest level of presentation and collaboration technology enabling participants to share multimedia and collaborate in groups or as a whole. Each group chose a topic and worked out an effective lesson plan under the guidance of the presenter.  The workshop finished up with an intense discussion about the lesson plans all groups shared.

Workshop participants found the workshop very useful and effective in increasing their understanding of lesson planning. They would like to explore those ideas that shared at the workshop further in the future. The workshop was well attended by 36 participants, including the Chinese director of the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington, Wenqiu Wang.



研讨会的主讲人是任职于华盛顿大学的毕念平老师,2016年华大杰出教学奖得主。她不仅具有多年的汉语教学经验和教师培训经验,而且还是经典教材《中文听说读写》的联合作者以及《课程设计与教学实例》的联合编者。毕老师在研讨会中带着老师们仔细分析了教案设计时需要注意的各环因素,对不解之处给予了解释,并要求老师们一起动手实际操作。参加的老师根据自己的教材和考试的要求分成了不同的小组。华盛顿大学亚洲语言文学系和华盛顿大学东亚中心特别赞助的场地是华大最高科技的互动式教室,既可以有全场讨论,又可以进行小组内和小组间的互动。在毕老师的指导下,每组都根据自己选择的话题做出了有效的教案,并与大家分享了他们的设计, 互相切磋。


2017 CLTA-WA Annual General Meeting Recap


2017 CLTA-WA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) ​was held on Saturday, June 3, 2017, at the University Prep (8000 25th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115). This was an opportunity to say farewell to the outgoing CLTA-WA Board, get to know the new board members and learn about our plans for the new year, reflect and share ideas for the future of CLTA-WA, and network with other members.

We watched the slideshow — 2016-2017 review and appreciated the 16-17 board. New president gave remark & introduction of 17-18 board. Following that, we had a general members ice breaker and general members reflection & ideas for CLTA-WA. Three members shared teaching strategies and we had a cultural mini-workshops (Martial Art, Fan Dance, Who is the Undercover)

Please see below for members’ sharing.

Hong Jiang Quick Overview of the IB Program

Jeremy Smith CLTA – AGM 2016-17 Differentiation

Dongmei Wang Elementary 

2017-2018 CLTA-WA Board Election Results

Dear members,

On behalf of the 2016-2017 CLTA-WA Board, I am pleased to announce the Vice President-elect and the Directors-elect for the 2017-18 CLTA-WA Board:
Vice President:  Zoe Jiang
Directors:  Yaqi Bick, Zoe Jiang, Jeremy Smith

The directors-elect will serve a 3-year term from 2017-2020, and the Vice President-elect will serve as President in 2018-19.

Congratulations! Thank-you to all the other candidates for their willingness to serve and thank-you to our members for voting!

CLTA-WA’s 2016 Annual General Meeting is on Saturday, June 3.  Please save the date. Details about the AGM will be sent out later in May.

​Hope to see you all there!

Best regards,

Xiaofeng Foster 潘晓峰

President, CLTA-WA 2016-2017