Chinese Pedagogy Institute
Lead Instructor, Professor Jennifer Liu
Professsor Liu, the immediate past president of the Chinese Language Teachers Association (CLTA) and the current academic director of the K-16 Oregon Chinese Flagship Program, has been engaged in teacher training and development for the past 16 years. An associate professor at Indiana University, she routinely teaches Chinese pedagogy courses to graduate students interested in Chinese language teaching. She is in the process of completing a series of Chinese language textbooks. She has already published Interactions I-II: A Cognitive Approach to Beginning Chinese and Connections I-II: A Cognitive Approach to Intermediate Chinese and is field testing the advanced series Encounters I-II. Learn more.
Instructor, Professor Michael Everson
Professor Everson is an associate professor of foreign language education at the University of Iowa. As such, he oversees undergraduate- and graduate-level programs in foreign language education, supervising one of the few K-12 Chinese teacher certification programs in the United States. He taught Chinese for ten years at the U.S. Air Force Academy and has published widely about how American students learn to read in Chinese. A two-time member of the Board of Directors of the Chinese Language Teachers Association, Professor Everson has presented workshops on a variety of topics involving Chinese language research and pedagogy and is active in a variety of strategic initiatives designed to expand K-12 Chinese language education in the United States. Learn more.
Instructor, Claire Kotenbeutel
Claire Kotenbeutel is a Wisconsin-certified teacher of Chinese, French, and German and taught languages in the Madison Metropolitan School District in Wisconsin for 25 years. She has spent the last three years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Curriculum and Instruction teaching foreign language methodology. She now works as a foreign language consultant for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. She has taught foreign language methodology to English teachers in Heilongjiang Province, PRC and has led many study tours abroad for students and teachers. She has won curriculum development awards locally and nationally, most notably designing the middle school language curriculum for the Madison School District and the articulated Chinese program for middle through high school. She is currently instituting a long-range program for grades 6-12 that weaves China, Chinese language, and environmental science into the core subjects. She worked on the National and the Wisconsin Chinese Standards and in 2005 was named Wisconsin Distinguished Foreign Language Educator. She is the co-owner of PLACES International, LLC, a company that works with corporations for language and culture learning, and is an international award-winning Chinese landscape artist.