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Welcome to the Center for International Foreign Language Teacher Education (CIFLTE)
If any word can capture the essence of the world today, it is ‘change.’ The changes are rapid and the world is increasingly fluid rather than rigidly divided as in earlier times, creating both opportunities and tensions. As citizens of today’s world continue to interact in virtual, physical, social, economic, and political arenas, the demands for the ability to speak additional languages continue to grow more dire. As a predominant medium of communication, knowing a foreign language is key not only to improving the life quality of mankind but also in resolving political and economic conflicts, thereby promoting peace and prosperity worldwide.
The Center’s core mission is two-fold:
a) to promote and enact top-notch teacher training activities, effectively addressing critical demands for qualified teachers of Chinese and English, especially in Asia, the Middle East, South America and the US;
b) to pursue classroom-based inquiries that would enrich the Center’s teacher-training activities and contribute more broadly to the general understanding of foreign language learning and teacher preparation.
CIFLTE Fellow Program
Continuing Professional Development
Connect with TCSOL
The 2020-2021 TCSOL One-year Certificate Program in New York City is currently accepting applications. Please click here to learn more about the program and direct inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CIFLTE 2020 Summer TESOL/TCOL Dual Certificate Program in Beijing | Osaka is currently accepting applications. Please click here to learn more about the program and direct inquiries to email@example.com.
The CIFLTE One-on-One Language Learning Program (Spring 2020 module) is currently accepting inquiries. The main language offered is Chinese Mandarin. If you are interested in learning Mandarin or wish to learn other languages, please send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the News
CIFLTE Public Talks - Complex Dynamic Systems: Putting the psychology of the learner into motion by Prof. Peter MacIntyre
TCSOL One-Year Program: 2019-2020 Orientation
Interview with 4 CIFLTE Alumni: MA TESOL/Applied Linguistics students/alumni sharing their TCSOL experience [WeChat Post] | CIFLTE TESOL/AL Alumni Interview (in English)
Interview with 3 CIFLTE Alumni: From TCSOL to Master of Arts in Bilingual/Bicultural Education at Teachers College [WeChat Post] | CIFLTE BBE Alumni Interview(in English)
Task-based learning in task-based teaching: Training teachers of Chinese as a foreign language (2018 - A longitudinal study based on CIFLTE's TCSOL one-year program in New York) [Download the paper here if you are in mainland China: TBL in TBT - Han 2018]
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