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Job opportunity in Park City. Please read and share!

Seeking: Part-Time Mandarin Teacher in Park City
Parley’s Park Elementary is looking for an after school Mandarin Teacher to fulfill our after school Foreign Language Program.
When : All classes are 3.15 – 4.00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesdays and Thursdays at Parley’s Park
Elementary. Monday, November 7th – Thursday, May 11th. No classes on scheduled school
● Teach 15 to 20 children, ages 6 – 12 years old, in basic vocabulary and language skills.
Children are not expected to be fluent, but familiar and exposed to the language.
● Run structured activities supported by materials and session plans.
● Support PPES Foreign Language Program Guidelines and Policies.
● Communicate with parents at drop-off and pick-up time.
1. Teaching Experience and/or Organized Group Learning Experience
2. Available to work scheduled dates.
3. Qualified candidates must have native command or native-level speaker in Mandarin
Chinese and English. With strong oral and written communication skills in both
languages including writing in Traditional and Simplified characters.
4. Expertise of Chinese customs and culture.
5. Ability to plan and implement creative, hands-on, and engaging lessons at various
6. Legal authorization to work in the USA and/or a Visa to work in the USA.
7. Back-ground check and fingerprinting to be completed upon hire.
8. 3 Letters of Recommendation confirming proficiency in Mandarin as well as reference.
● $40 Per class fee
Annie Cashiola, Foreign Language Chair or 512.632.8808

Great Cultural Opportunity for all kids, especially Mandarin DLI families!

We recently received this announcement from the Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce of Greater Salt Lake and would like to share it with you:

We are honored to have a group of orphans from Africa to come here to perform for free at Jordan High School in Sandy on 7/28.

The group will perform Chinese and African songs, dance, and Chinese martial arts

We need you or your PTA’s help to spread the word to your students and their families to come and watch this free performance to support these kids.

Here is a little background about this group:

These African orphans are sponsored and cared for by the Amitofo Charity Center, a Taiwanese charity in Africa.

The Amitofo Care Center (A.C.C.) (Amitofo Charity Center), which is comprised of an administration center, children’s dormitories, youth dormitories, preparatory school, kindergarten, library, activity center, medical center, vocational training center, religious center, CBO, etc. is founded and directed by Buddhist clergy from the East with an aspiration and mission to directly rear and care for orphans of Africa within the humanitarian and educational umbrella.

ACC’s compassionate and philanthropic foot-prints have been left not only in South Africa but also in Malawi, Lesotho, Swaziland, Lilongwe, Namibia, Mozambique, Bloemfontein, etc. As well as Taiwan, Hong Kong, Mainland China, Singapore, Malaysia, and several United State countries. The total of orphans that ACC has adopted to date number around 8,000.

Heather Mangan

TCCGSL volunteer/director/treasurer

(801) 707-1219


Please take the National Mandarin immersion parent survey

We invite you to take ten minutes to take the first-ever national survey of Mandarin immersion families. Our goal is to help programs nationwide better understand what parents want out of these programs and how they’re doing.

The link is:

So before you head off to summer fun, take a moment to think about how the year in your Mandarin immersion school has gone.

The survey is being conducted by a Ph.D. language researcher and a long-time Mandarin immersion parent and writer. We are:

Jeongwoon Kim, a Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow studying language acquisition at Kyunghee University, Korea. She earned her Ph.D. in Asian and Near Eastern Languages at Brigham Young University.


Elizabeth Weise, a parent of two children who’ve been in Mandarin immersion a total of 14 years now. She is the author of A Parent’s Guide to Mandarin Immersion and lives in San Francisco, California. She is also the creator of the
Mandarin Immersion Parents Council website at

Our goal is to gather information about why families choose Mandarin immersion and what their experiences are once their children are attending the program.

We’ll submit the resulting academic article to the Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association. Upon publication, we will also post a non-academic, parent-focused article in Weise’s blog.

There are just 35 questions. It takes between 5 – 10 minutes to complete.

We also ask that you please pass it along to other families you know who have students in Mandarin immersion, as well as families who have left Mandarin immersion programs. Ideally we’d like to have most of the programs in the country represented. If you’ve got a school or program list serve, please send it along!

Again, that link is:

Thank you!

Chinese Summer Camp Opportunities

Reminder for Chinese Summer Camp Registration & Information
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Hello Educators and Parents,

Just a reminder about this year’s Chinese dual immersion summer camp that is coming up in July for upcoming 2nd-8th graders. We are really excited about the themes and projects that are being planned currently for the camp this year. There will be an integration of cultural and language activities that will anticipate will be really fun and engaging for students and really get them excited for the upcoming school year. In addition, at the end of the summer camp, there will be a short presentation for parents to get a glimpse into their child’s proficiency and Chinese experience. We hope you all will be able to take advantage of this opportunity! This year’s camp will be held July 26-July 29, 2016. Registration and information can be found at the following link:
(If this link does not work for you, try typing the address into your search)

The camp will be held at four locations this year, that you will see on the registration page:
Section 001- Sandy site
Section 002- Bountiful site
Section 003- Orem site (Cascade elementary)
Section 004- U of U main campus site 

Please help us pass this registration information along to all teachers and parents.

We hope that you will all take advantage of this awesome opportunity to help your students/children continue learning beyond the school year. If you have any questions about the registration process or supplies needed at the summer camps, please contact University of Utah Youth Education at 801-581-6984. Thank you!


Shin Chi Fame Kao
K-12 Chinese Outreach Coordinator
Confucius Institute at the University of Utah
Office: (801) 585-0988

Awesome opportunity for a DI student from Utah

I received this information yesterday and thought it would be nice to spread the word:

I’m a casting director, doing a big nationwide search for a young Chinese girl 7-11 yrs old who can speak Mandarin (preferably fluently, but as long as she can speak some Mandarin comfortably, that’s what’s most important).  It’s for a Warner Bros. feature film called “Meg”, being directed by Jon Turtletaub, based on the sci-fi novel of the same name.

I was hoping you might be open to distributing this information to the parents of any girls that might fit this description, and if any of them are interested, they can get in touch with me directly.
We’re moving very quickly on this search, so any interested parents will need to email me ASAP.  They need to be available to shoot overseas mid-August through December.  Previous acting experience is ideal, but not required.  They should email me at this email address and send a photo of their daughter, provide date of birth, where they live, and skill level of Mandarin.

I’ve attached the official breakdown release, in case you want additional info.
Thank you, in advance, for helping me get the word out!  I really appreciate it!


Tineka Becker
Casting Director
“Meg” casting | feature film