Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL)

September 13, 2024 — May 9, 2025
Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL)

When: September 13, 2024 - May 9, 2025

Apply to the Program

Application deadline:

  • Early Bird Deadline: January 15th, 2024
  • Priority deadline: March 15th, 2024
  • Final deadline: June 14th, 2024

Please note that spots are limited. Applicants are accepted on a first-come basis, and only upon submission of a complete application and application fee.

International students should apply early in order to allow sufficient time for obtaining an entry visa, should they be accepted into the TCSOL Certificate Program in New York. The final deadline to apply is June 14, 2024. The Program sponsors J-1 visa applications only.

Click here for Application Requirements

For more information, Visit the CIFLTE website: TCSOL
If you have further questions, please email


The TCSOL Certificate Program in New York provides state-of-the-art training in Chinese pedagogy. Developed and taught by a world-class team of experts, the program offers a cutting-edge curriculum that sets trainees on a fast and efficient track to gain the knowledge and skills necessary for operating effectively in current and future classrooms in various contexts.

  • An intensive yearlong certificate program (Fall and Spring) in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL)
  • Accelerated program ideal for both pre-service and in-service teachers looking to develop or enhance their ability to teach Chinese to speakers of other languages.
  • Perfect for College seniors or recent graduates majoring in Chinese studies, guest teachers from China or other Chinese-speaking regions, Mandarin speakers in the U.S. certified to teach other subjects or not yet certified in any subject, and career-changers 


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Dr. ZhaoHong Han
Program Director

Dr. ZhaoHong Han is Professor of Language and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she teaches graduate courses in Applied Linguistics, TESOL, and foreign language instruction. Her research interests are broadly in second language learnability, second language teachability, and their interface. Her work on fossilization, crosslinguistic influence, corrective feedback, second language thinking for speaking, second language reading and vocabulary development, second language reading instruction, and second language ab initio input processing has appeared in a variety of journals and books. Dr. Han is the recipient of the 2003 International TESOL Heinle and Heinle Distinguished Research Award, and a repeated recipient of the Teachers College, Columbia University Outstanding Teacher Award.

Dr.Han has served on the editorial boards of Applied Linguistics (Oxford; also as representative of the American Association for Applied Linguistics), GRETA Journal (Spain), Vigo International Journal of Applied Linguistics (VIAL, Spain), Foreign Language Teaching Theory and Practice (外语教学理论与实践, China), Chinese Journal of Applied Linguistics (formerly 中国英语教学; China), Chinese as a Second Language Research (Moulton de Gruyter), Language Teaching (Cambridge University Press), Second Language Learning Research (第二语言学习研究,China). She frequently consults to universities and school districts on research and teacher development grants and second language programs, curriculums, and materials.

Dr. Han has lived and taught in China, Italy, Norway, United Kingdom (Scotland, England), Japan, and Spain.

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Dr. Lening Liu
Program Director

Dr. Lening Liu is Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Director of the Chinese Language Program at Columbia University. In addition, he is the Director of the Confucius Institute and serves as co-director of the TCSOL Program with Dr. Han.

Dr. Lening Liu was born and raised in Xi’an, China. In 1977, right after the Cultural Revolution, he entered college as part of an extremely select group of students to finally end years of disruption of higher learning in China. After receiving a BA in Chinese Language and Literature from Shaanxi Normal University in 1982, and a MA in History of Chinese Language in 1985, he came to the United States in 1990 and studied linguistics at the University of Florida. He joined Columbia’s faculty in 1995 and received his Ph.D. in 1996. Liu’s research interests are in the areas of historical syntax, discourse grammar and Chinese language pedagogy. He has published a number of articles on the evolution of Chinese conjunctive adverbs, the rhetorical structures of Chinese, the history and innovation of Chinese pedagogy, etc. Courses he has taught include Introduction to Classical Chinese, Readings in Classical Chinese, History of Chinese Language, Educational Chinese Linguistics, Chinese Language Pedagogy and all levels of Modern Chinese. Currently, Liu is Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Confucius Institute Director of Chinese Language Pedagogy.

Tuition and Fees

There are several fees associated with the program: the application fee, the deposit, and the program tuition. All fees can be paid here.

Application Fee (non-refundable)

  • Early Bird: $80 (Before January 15, 2024)
  • Priority: $100 (Between January 16 and March 15, 2024)
  • Regular: $150 (After March 15, 2024)

Please Note: Your application will not be processed until the application fee is paid.

Deposit (non-refundable)

Upon acceptance to the program, you will be prompted to make a $1,000 non-refundable deposit. Upon special request, a one-month extension can be added to the deadline; otherwise, the deposit must be paid within two weeks of the date you were accepted to hold your place in the program.

Tuition (non-refundable)

The total tuition for the 2024-2025 academic year is $12,500 (non-refundable). The tuition balance is due before the new student orientation in September. This number does include your deposit fee, so the fee paid at this step is $11,500 (as $1,000 will have already been paid). Payment may be made in installments upon special permission from the program.

Late Fee

If either the deposit or tuition fee is not paid before the deadlines specified above, an additional late fee of $100 will be incurred.

Course Schedule

The program dates for 2024-2025 are September 13, 2024 - Friday, May 9, 2025.

  • Please note that all courses are generally scheduled at the end of the week; classes typically take place Thursdays, Fridays, or Saturdays, in the morning or evening. The exact course schedule will be determined closer to the start of term.
  • Program orientation will take place Friday, September 13, 2024, with the start of classes taking place the following day (Saturday, September 14, 2024). The last day of the fall term will be December 14, 2024. The spring term will run from January 23, 2025 to Friday, May 9, 2025.
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