Chinese Language Teacher Training Institute

2017 Teacher Training Institute Details

Ten Chinese language teachers (either experienced or new to the field) who are interested in observing and teaching according to standards-, performance-, and task-based principles are selected to participate in the camp. A three-day preparation workshop is the lead-off to introduce participants to the principles of a standards-based curriculum, as well as to available resources to teach following such a curriculum.

Once the concurrent student camp begins, teachers observe and participate in all scheduled activities, as the institute’s lead instructors demonstrate a variety of teaching approaches. All instruction is followed by critique and friendly feedback. After the first week of instruction, institute participants are invited to teach selected modules together with or in place of the lead instructors. By the last week of the Institute, participants are in charge of all instruction—lead instructors serve as guides and consultants. Daily summative feedback sessions allow for on-going reflection.


Participating teachers will be able to articulate the basic principles of standards-based instruction, as well as demonstrate some implementation of this approach in their teaching.



Participating teachers are required to live on the UH Mānoa campus and participate in all scheduled events, including evenings and weekends, during the duration of the program. STARTALK funding will cover these items for each teacher participant: tuition, housing, daily meals during the program weeks, texts and materials, Honolulu-based excursion costs, and applicable fees.

Each teacher participant is responsible for a 1) the RT airfare from the place of residence to Honolulu, Hawaii; and 2) a $300 administrative fee at the time of acceptance.

Application Packet Contains:
  • Program Application Form
  • Program Consent Form
  • Media Release Form
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (provided by current teacher/school supervisor/counselor)
Submission Deadline: March 31, 2017



All participating teachers are expected to arrive at the University of Hawai‘i campus on Wednesday, July 5 (residence hall check-in begins at 2 pm), and depart on Saturday, July 29 (residence hall check-out ends at noon).

For out-of-state teacher participants, if notified in advance, pick-up and drop-off service at the Honolulu International Airport can be provided for coordinated flights on the designated camp arrival & departure days.





Your completed application packet should be MAILED to: 

Jialin Sun (Sunny) 

Center for Chinese Studies/Confucius Institute

University of Hawaii at Manoa

1890 East-West Rd. Moore Hall #417

Honolulu, HI, 96822

Office: (808) 956-2663

*Please DO NOT fax or email your application packet; an application will not be considered or reviewed unless completed.