Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University

Fall 2012 Workshops

Functioning as a Chinese teaching and teacher training center, CI at SF State, associated with College of Liberal and Creative Arts and Graduate College of Education, will offer Chinese courses, training workshops/seminars, and MA in Education with Concentration in Special Interest Signal Subject Teaching Credential in Chinese. The teaching credential program will prepare qualified teachers for local public schools, the Summer Institute and workshop/seminars will effectively enhance teachers’ knowledge and skills to meet challenges in teaching Chinese in the U.S. To meet needs of local Chinese language teachers for professional development and enhance content knowledge about Chinese language and teaching skills, to network with colleagues in the field, we design two workshops in 2012 Fall Semester. We cordially invite you to join us at SF State for these special workshops hosted by Confucius Institute at SF State.

Workshop - I:

The Peking Dialect: Past, Present and Future
A Historical Linguistic Perspective

While it is widely understood that the Peking dialect forms the phonological base of Modern Standard Chinese (putonghua and guoyu), the historical origins of this Mandarin variety and its relation to other branches of the Mandarin family tree are less clear and remain debated to this day in linguistic circles. Drawing on the analytical methods of historical linguistics, this paper seeks to present a linguistically-informed overview of the past, present and future of the Peking dialect. The study will look to the historical merger of the entering tone with the lax tones to shed light on the genetic roots of the Peking dialect, whose expansion and mutation into regional versions of Modern Standard Chinese (MSC) will be shown to contribute in a significant way to its current development. The paper will then draw upon patterns of diglossia to predict the ultimate demise of the Peking dialect (as with all other dialects in China) as it overlaps and competes with the modern standard language.


Presenter: Prof. Chris Wen-Chao Li

Chris Wen-Chao Li (李文肇) is a translator and linguist. He received his doctorate in General Linguistics and Comparative Philology from Oxford University, and is currently Professor of Chinese Linguistics at San Francisco State University. His translations and scholarship have appeared in Renditions, Target, Language and Communication, and the Journal of the American Oriental Society.
Time: Saturday, September 8th, 2012 1:00 PM -2: 30 PM
Place: Hum 133, SFSU, 1600 Holloway Ave San Francisco CA94132

Workshop - II:

The Resources for Chinese Language & Culture Education
Partnership Development with Confucius Institute

The Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University (CI at SF State) was established as the first home of the Confucius Institute in Western United States on April 15, 2005 and was formally inaugurated on February 15, 2006, in response to the increasing need for learning Chinese in the United States. CI at SF State has devoted every effort to encourage the growth of Chinese language programs in Northern California, and persisted in its commitment to developing and supporting Chinese language teaching, teacher training, and outreach and exchange. We have worked together with our partners to provide more opportunities for Chinese language learners and teachers at all level of education. Sharing resources and networking with communities will make this workshop more meaningful, productive, and informative for teachers, educators, and schools in aspects such as

  1. Chinese Language and Culture Courses
  2. Chinese Proficiency Tests (HSK/YCT)
  3. Chinese Culture Programs
  4. Training Programs for Local Chinese Language Teachers
  5. China Visit Programs
  6. Confucius Institute Scholarships
  7. Conferences and Meetings
  8. China Study Plan – Fellowships for PhD Program
  9. Chinese Language-Culture-Arts Presentations
  10. Confucius Classroom Projects
  11. Chinese Language Competitions
  12. Outreach and Promotion for Sustainable Development

Presenter: Jack Xie, Director of CI at SF State
                 Hui Zhang, Co-Director of CI at SF State

Time: Saturday, September 8th, 2012 2: 30 PM – 4:00 PM
Place: HUM 133, SFSU, 1600 Holloway Ave. San Francisco CA 94132


If register by Email, by fax, or by mail, please download a Registration Form from, fill out and fax or scan/email or mail it to our office:

1. Register by Email:

2. Register by fax: (415)405-2866

3. Register by mail:
         San Francisco State University
         1600 Holloway Avenue, Burk Hall 325
         San Francisco, CA 94132

 Download: 2012 Fall Training Workshops Registration Form


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