Helping Teachers Develop Global Competence in World Language Classes

Posted January 18, 2018

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June Chen – associate director, world language programs – is membership chair on the board of directors for the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina (FLANC) and is a member of the American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and the Chinese Language Teachers Association of N.C. During the first half of the 2017-2018 school year, June offered her expertise by presenting concurrent sessions to world language educators from North Carolina at the annual FLANC conference held in Durham, N.C. in October, which had nearly 600 attendees, and to language educators from across the country at the ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo held in Nashville in November, which had more than 7,000 attendees. June’s topic, “Teach for Global Competence in World Language Classes,” taught teachers to define and recognize the importance of developing students’ global competence. June provided instructional strategies and activities, lesson plans, toolkits, resources, and examples to provide teachers with a solid foundation to develop global competence in their classrooms.

June is a language educator with years of experience teaching varying age groups, cultural backgrounds, and language proficiency levels in multiple countries and holds a North Carolina Teacher’s Standard Professional license.

photo of Dr. June Chen at the Guest Teachers 2016 orientation

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Go Global NC Learns Best Practices at “2017 Chinese Bridge Delegation”

Posted January 18, 2018

delegates from 2017 Hanban bridge delegation

2017 Bridge Delegation (Source:

Go Global NC supported a delegation of North Carolina educational leaders who were invited to China from November 3-11 to attend the “2017 Chinese Bridge Delegation,” an event designed to help American and Chinese educators “create a bridge” to gain a deeper understanding of Chinese language, culture, and education. The annual gathering is sponsored by Hanban (the Office of Chinese Language Council International) in partnership with the College Board, a U.S. mission-driven nonprofit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity.

During their visit to Sichuan province, China, Go Global NC representatives Tom Martineau – associate director, education and training – and Rachel Rosenbaum – program coordinator, education and training – were among nearly 200 educational administrators and principals representing 28 United States and the District of Columbia. They were welcomed with a ceremony in Beijing followed by presentations from well-known scholars about best practices and resources to build and support Chinese language and culture programs in the classroom. Attendees visited Chinese K–12 schools and universities in different provinces, met with Chinese educators and observed classes to establish partnerships with Chinese schools and network with colleagues. They also experienced the sights of China firsthand, with a focus on the contrast between its rich traditional culture and modern development.

The North Carolina delegation was also hosted by the Sichuan Department of Education in Sichuan province, where they visited schools in and around the provincial capital of Chengdu, creating the potential for new programs.

Click below to see a short video of activities Rachel captured while at the Bridge Delegation.