The College of Charleston is hosting “Share the Passion,” the annual conference for the Southeast Chinese Language Association on September 17, 2011. Chinese faculty, instructors, and K-12 Chinese teachers from South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama will be in attendance.

“We are seeing student interest in the Chinese language and culture increase, both at the college level and K-12,” says Lei Jin, assistant professor of Chinese at the College of Charleston. “This is a great opportunity to promote teaching Chinese language and culture in the Southeast. Plus we can build collaborative relationships between the colleges, universities, and schools that teach Chinese.”

The topics of the conference are focused on methods for effectively teaching Chinese language and culture in the classrooms in different levels for both college and K-12 classrooms.

From 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., lectures will be held on the fourth floor of the Stern Student Center. Tan Ye, director of the Confucius Institute at the University of South Carolina, will present “Cultural Sensitivities in the Age of Globalization,” and Cathy Bao Bean, author of the Chopsticks – Fork Principle will present “Living and Laughing by the Chopsticks – Fork Principle.”

From 1:15 to 2:30 p.m., several breakout sessions will be offered including Confucius Institute Management, Pre-K Through 12 Education, and College & Adult Education.

For more information, contact Lei Jin at 843.953.3387.