Cheler Newsletter issue I Fall 2012

CHELER Newsletter

Sharing information related to Chinese heritage language education and research at


Huaxia Chinese School 2012 Teachers Conference to be held on November 17 and 18, at DoubleTree by Hilton Somerset Hotel and Conference Center at Somerset, NJ. Learn More.

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Annual Convention to be held in Philadelphia, PA, from November 16 to 18. Learn more.

The 9th Conference of Chinese School Association in the United States (CSAUS) to be held from December 7 to 9, at Millennium Hotels and Resorts in Cincinnati, Ohio. Learn more.

The 16th Annual Meeting of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) is scheduled for April 25-28, 2013, in Chicago, IL. Learn more.

Online Resources

Chinese Heritage Schools/Program Directory

The Chinese Heritage Schools/Programs Directory (CHSD) is a free, online searchable directory of information on nearly 550 Chinese schools/programs in over 48 states. The Directory serves as a starting point for parents and educators to search for Chinese programs in their communities. Search CHSD.

Chinese Heritage Schools/Program Profiles

The Chinese Heritage Schools/Programs Profiles (CHSP) is a free, online searchable database of information on approximately 530 Chinese schools/programs in over 48 states. The CHSP provides information about program description, contact information, instruction, curriculum and other information for parents, educators and the general public to search for Chinese programs in their communities. Search CHSP.

Annotated Online Chinese Resources

Annotated Online Chinese Resources provides annotated and categorized web links related to Chinese language learning and teaching resources. It is organized into three categories: learning materials, teaching materials and professional development materials, with a detailed concept map and guide on each sub-category for you. It was designed with the needs of Chinese heritage school teachers

and parents in minds to meet the needs of Chinese school teachers, mostly part-timers orvolunteers, who do not have much time searching resources they need before class and who wish to learn more about teaching methods to improve classroom practices. We also hope that this page will be a site for Chinese heritage learners when they wish to learn more about Chinese language and culture beyond class meeting time. View now

Spotlight on CHELER

National Consortium of Language Program Databases

The CHELER project at the University of Toledo is the founding partner of the National Consortium of Language Program Databases hosted by the Center for Applied Linguistics.  The National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) at the University of Maryland, working under the auspices of the STARTALK project, has established the Consortium with the goal of making data about language programs from a variety of sources readily available to the field with partners such as NHLRC at the University of California at Los Angeles, the DesiLearn of the National Capital Language Resource Center at the George Washington University, Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition at the University of Minnesota, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, and the Alliance for the Advancement of Heritage Languages. Learn more.

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Cheler Newsletter issue I Fall 2012


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Chinese Resources

The Chinese Material Resource is a free, online searchable database of information on publication of Chinese teaching and learning materials. It is designed for teachers, parents, students and administrators of Chinese programs. The database features materials such as books, videos, e-books, CD/DVDs, and textbook supplementary for conventional Chinese classrooms, Chinese heritage programs, and independent learners at all levels of instruction, as well as professionals. It has also collected links to relevant websites/web pages. Educators at all levels are invited to summit titles, lesson plans and or comments to be included in the Database. All publishers can access all the features of the CHELER database, which allow them to search the database, communicate with schools, teachers and other publishers, upload textbooks titles and teaching resources, and promote and View, leave and reply to comments for all sources instantly.Search the database


Cheler forum is a communicative platform designed for educators at all level, parents, school administers and publishers to exchange thoughts and ideas on Chinese language education for learners who learn Chinese as heritage or foreign language. Registered user can post questions, make comments, share ideas, exchange information, upload and download Chinese teaching and learning resources. All registered publishers can review and reply comments from teacher or parents toward certain teaching resources as well. Coming soon.

About Us

This research project, Maximizing the National Resource: Chinese as a Model for Heritage Language Development with Community Involvement, is made possible with the support of an

International Research and Studies grant from the US Department of Education and the research team at the University of Toledo. The primary goals of the three-year study are to provide information and resources in order to strengthen current Chinese community-based schools and to encourage their development where they do not exist; to encourage dialogue that results in resource sharing, research collaboration, and articulation between formal education systems and heritage community school systems, and to inform policy makers, school administrators, teacher trainers, and parents in utilizing and maximizing the national linguistic resource.

Your voices

Join a community dedicated to supporting Chinese heritage language instruction and promoting Chinese culture. Together we build a network of Chinese heritage school across the US.

Principals/ Administrator: make yourself a resource for Chinese American communities, local schools and general public. Share your school information here.

Teachers: Leave comments on Chinese teaching and learning resources, or upload and share lesson plans.

Parents: exchange ideas and thoughts with educators, comment on the different Chinese teaching and learning resources.

Publishers: inform the community new publication of Chinese resources, and help the field by learning about the needs of parents, students and educators.

Unregistered visitors: Be informed about Chinese heritage school/programs, Chinese teaching and learning resources, or news about Chinese language education in U.S. click here.

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