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Continuing Professional Development

CIFLTE periodically offers workshops on research methodology, language acquisition, and/or best instructional practices.  


>>Workshop Series: Chinese Educational Linguistics<<

Instructor: Dr. Lening Liu (EALAC, Columbia University)

Dates for 12 Sessions:

Session Date
1 Jan 24 (F)*
2 Feb 08 (S)*
3 Feb 14 (F) 
Feb 15 (S) 
5 Feb 28 (F)
6 Mar 13 (F)
7 Mar 14 (S)
8 Apr 03 (F)
9 Apr 17 (F)
10 Apr 18 (S)
11 May 01 (F)
12 May 02 (S)

*(S) = Saturday; (F) = Friday


  • Friday: 3:10 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday: 10:00 am - 11:50 am

Location: Teachers College, Classroom TBA

Registration Deadline: Jan 23, 2020

Registration Fee: 

  • Individual: $600
  • Group: $500/person (more than 2 people, including 2) 

To register:

Course Description:

This workshop series aims to provide a systematic introduction to Chinese Educational Linguistics, covering topics on, but not limited to, Chinese syntax, lexicalization, passive voice, existential sentences, and discourse grammar. Special attention will be given to constructions that learners of Chinese may find difficult to grasp and use as well as to instructional design that can optimize learning outcomes. This is a great opportunity for pre- and in-service teachers of Chinese to gain knowledge and skills that are essential for developing Chinese learners' functional competence. 


Dr. Lening Liu is Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University and Confucius Institute Director of Chinese Language Pedagogy. He also directs the Chinese Language Program and serves as the co-director of the Certificate Program of Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL) at Teachers College.

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Workshops offered in the past

- Complex Dynamic Systems: Putting the psychology of the learner into motion, Sep 2019 [Abstract: 2019 Sept Public Talk - All Info]

- Foreign Language Pedagogy Workshop Series, Feb. to May 2019

- Mobile Language Learning and Teaching: Know-How for A Smart Classroom, April 13, 2019 [Abstract: Rocca Workshop]

- Public talks: The Trade Effect of English as a Lingua Franca + Linguistic Distance, Language Learners’ Mother Tongue, and Chinese Acquisition, Oct. 5th, 2018 [Abstract: Public Talks 2018 - Zhang]

- Workshop: On-line methods in language and language learning research, Sep. 28th, 2018

- Public talk: First language influences on the real-time processing of tense-aspect in the second language, Sep. 26th, 2018

- CIFLTE + Yonkers Public Schools: Teacher Training Workshops, April 2018 [Event Report]

Eye-tracking and L2 Processing, Feb. 10th, 2017.