We make “the other side of the world” a lot closer

image of Chinese teacher leaning over to a student somethingAs globalization plays an increasing role in North Carolina, our students need to have global skills and knowledge in order to work and be successful in a constantly changing global society. As they pursue the State Board of Education’s mission – that every public school student will graduate from high school globally competitive for work and post-secondary education and prepared for life in the 21st century – North Carolina students will require programs that enable them to learn other languages and engage with people from other cultures.

With China’s emergence as world economic powerhouse and strong Chinese business presence in North Carolina, students who study Chinese culture, language, and history will be in a stronger position and able to take advantage of global opportunities within North Carolina, the United States, and the rest of the world.China Programs 2

Chinese is the fastest growing language in North Carolina – in 2010, there were just over 300 K-12 students studying Chinese language in our state compared to nearly 12,000 now, thanks in large part to Go Global NC’s Confucius Classroom Collaborative. These classrooms are led by local or guest Chinese language teachers. These teachers are all licensed by the state of North Carolina and are employed by the school districts in which they work. Our Chinese guest teachers can stay in North Carolina schools for up to three years to help jump start the study of Chinese, the most widely spoken language in the world.

Schools that offer Chinese language may wish to apply to be a Confucius Classroom. These schools will receive an additional $10,000 in subsidies per year over three years, which can be used for materials and professional development related to Chinese language and partnership program. Go Global NC currently maintains relationships with more than 30 Confucius Classroom in about 12 partner districts, including one charter school and NCSSM that is part of the UNC System. The North Carolina Confucius Classrooms Collaborative is a network of K-12 schools and other educational organizations dedicated to improving Chinese language instruction and bi-national partnership opportunities. A major component of the effort is the Chinese Guest Teachers of North Carolina Program. Go Global NC coordinates the Chinese Guest Teacher Program in North Carolina, including teacher professional development.

Go Global NC has welcomed a team of guest teachers from China every year since 2010 in partnership with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction. The Chinese Guest Teachers of North Carolina provide authentic Chinese language instruction in North Carolina schools, and several school districts have participated in this program. Chinese guest teachers can stay in North Carolina schools for up to three years with a possible extension to a total of five years. Go Global NC sponsors and coordinates North Carolina teacher certification applications and renewals of these guest teachers. Each guest teacher receives professional and cultural support from Go Global NC via classroom observations and regional group meetings. Questions about the program can be sent to Go Global NC’s June Chen, Director, World Language Programs, at june.chen@globalnc.org

About Chinese Guest Teachers Program

The nationwide Chinese Guest Teachers program is not-for-profit and partially subsidizes guest teachers’ salaries. The guest teachers coming through this program are qualified, experienced teachers from China, who, after a rigorous selection and training process, serve as full-time Chinese language instructors in U.S. schools. While teaching in U.S. schools, the positions for guest teachers are held in their home schools in China, which is a great advantage for U.S. schools to establish exchange programs.

Click here to download more information about the Chinese Guest Teachers of North Carolina program.

The HSK/HSKK/YCT tests are internationally recognized and approved by North Carolina Department of Public Instruction as external exams for Global Languages Endorsement on diplomas. For more information about testing, click here.

Chinese language learners who take HSK are offered opportunities to apply for scholarships to study, short-term or long-term, in higher educational institutions in China. Click here for more information about the opportunities.

Go Global NC maintains a Memorandum of Understanding with the Jiangsu Provincial Department of Education (JPDE) to support North Carolina-China partnerships and exchanges. Dozens of North Carolina schools currently maintain school or classroom partnerships with schools in China. Every other year JPDE hosts the Jiangsu International Principal Forum, an international forum for school principals focused on international education and collaboration. Go Global NC presented at this forum in 2014. In 2015, JPDE sponsored Discover Jiangsu – International Youth Leaders to China, a youth study program for students from all over the world. Eight students from our Confucius Classroom in Mount Airy City Schools participated in this life-changing experience.
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