Congratulations to New Board Members!

CLTA-WA would like to congratulate yhe newly elected 2019-2012 board members: Yushen Liu, Chiu-Hsin Lin, Dongmei Wang, and April Yanfei Cao.

Let’s also congratulate our new Vice President, Jingran Wan! She will serve as a Vice President this year, beginning July 1 and President next year.

2019 Spring Workshop Recap


华盛顿州中文教师学会于2019年4月13日在西部学校(Westside School)举办的春季工作坊圆满成功。本次工作坊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), 和西部学校联合协办。

此次工作坊由目前在加州库比蒂诺(Cupertino)弗里蒙特联盟高中学区(Fremont Union High School District)任职的金璎老师主讲。作为2018年美国外语教学委员会(ACTFL)年度教师奖的获得者,金老师有20多年的中美初中、高中、大学中文教学经验。在六小时的工作坊中,金璎老师介绍了一系列符合21世纪学习者需求的课堂活动。金老师用互动的方式介绍了各种课堂活动,播放了视频演示,带着在场的老师们一起体验了各种活动,展示了学生的样本,更给出了很多有用的教学技巧。

这次工作坊共有近50名教育工作者前来参加,甚至包括来自爱达荷州、俄勒冈州,和华盛顿州东部的老师们。老师们都对此次工作坊非常满意,也都表示收获良多。很多老师都表示,金老师的演讲深入浅出,介绍的活动和教学技巧非常实用,给出的教学资源也异常丰富。参加工作坊的老师们都对华州中文协会能组织如此精彩的工作坊表示感激。 (By Xi Sun)

Nominations for 2019-2022 New Board Members Are Open!

Dear members,

Are you interested in serving on the CLTA-WA board?  The positions and terms open are: Vice President (3 year commitment) and 4 board members (3 year term).  The Vice President (President-elect) serves the following year as CLTA-WA’s President.

For position descriptions, go to

Applications for the 2019 board must be submitted on or before Sunday March 31, 2019. The election will take place from April 7, 2019 through April 28, 2019. We anticipate candidates will be notified of the outcome of the election no later than May 4, 2019.

If you are interested, please use the application link below. 

If you have any questions, please contact Lotus Perry or Zoe Jiang. We look forward to hearing from you!

Lotus Perry
2019 Nomination Committee Chair

Zoe Jiang
2018-2019 CLTA-WA President


Betty Lau’s Article on ACTFL’s Bi-Month Magazine

Congratulations to Betty Lau. Her article, “City University of Seattle STARTALK- Teacher Certification Program: Leadership Incubator” on ACLTFL’s bi-month magazine, The Language Educator” (February/March 2019, Volume 14, Issue1) discusses the role of CLTA-WA in developing future teacher leaders. The article is available to all ACTFL members. 


Recap of 2019 Spring Network

CLTA-WA networking event on 2/19/2019 (元宵节)

Hostess: Meitsu Chuang-Mendel

Place: at Meitsu’s house

Time: 12pm-4pm

Participants: Jiang, Hong; Zhou,Feng; You, Haiyan; Liu, Yushen

Meitsu prepared hot pot and participants brought roasted duck, tangyuan (汤圆) and chips. It was a small group so we could have a deeper conversation and share some teaching tips. The following is the participants’ feedback:







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.