Summer Chinese Teacher Training Program: The Blended Model

Program Highlights

  • Training will be conducted through a variety of activities, such as preparation workshop/seminar, classroom observation and discussion, teaching rehearsal, student-teaching, teaching discussion, etc. Participants draft lesson plans, discuss them with the lead teacher and fellow participants, rehearse the lessons, teach them in a real classroom, and discuss the teaching afterwards. 
  • Participants can experience various types and modes of teaching: group classes, one-on-one tutorial sessions, face-to-face teaching, and online teaching. 
  • Program offers additional workshops that introduce task-based online teaching and teaching beginner learners in the target language.  
  • Participants have the opportunity to earn 3 credits. Once you become a student of the Chinese MA Program at Hunter College, those credits can be used for fulfilling your M.A. degree and teaching certificate.

Program Location and Duration

Location: Hunter College Campus: 695 Park Ave, New York, NY 10065
Daily Face to Face Class Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Online Class Time (At Home): 1 Hour/Day (Flexible Schedule)
First Day of the Summer Session: June 25th (Tuesday).

  • Mandatory Workshop: June 25th to June 27th.
  • Week 1: Face to Face: June 28th.
  • Week 2: Face to Face: July 1st and 2nd, and July 3rd. Online: July 5th.
  • Week 3: Face to Face: July 8th to July 11th. Online: July 12th.
  • Week 4: Face to Face: July 15th to July 18th. Online: July 19th.
  • Week 5: Face to Face: July 22nd to 25th.  Online: July 26th.
  • Week 6: Online: July 29th to July 31st.

Last Day of the Summer Session: August 1st (Thursday). return to Hunter College Campus for final assessments and end-of-program celebration


Graduate Course Offered

  • CHND712 Methods I (3 credits; students enrolled must participate in the STARTALK program from June 24th to August 1st, and complete the assignments, in order to receive credits.)
  • Participants who wish to earn credits but are not Hunter College students must apply for Hunter College’s non-degree graduate admission. (In order to be considered for admission, you must hold the equivalent of a US bachelor's degree.) As soon as you obtain the non-degree acceptance notice, contact us to get departmental permission to register for the course.


  • To participate in the STARTALK program itself is free.
  • Here is the information about tuition and fees for a 3-credit graduate course at Hunter College (non-NY residents will need to pay a higher tuition rate.)
  • Participants will be awarded scholarship that can be applied to tuition expenses for a Fall 2019 semester graduate course in Chinese language pedagogy at Hunter College. Participants who take the course in the summer but not in the fall will still be considered for scholarship, if funding is available, but priority will be given to those who take course(s) in the fall.

Application and Enrollment

  • We will be enrolling 10 to 15 applicants (current or potential teachers at any grade level) who are interested in teaching Chinese as a foreign language. 
  • To be eligible, you will need to be a native speaker of Mandarin Chinese with standard pronunciation, or a speaker with advanced-level Mandarin proficiency (you should be able to read Chinese newspapers without using a dictionary). 
  • Priority will be given to students of the Chinese M.A. Program at Hunter College and those who intend to pursue a New York State teaching certification. 
  • To apply, please fill out the application form
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all the seats are filled.

Contact Information



STARTALK Chinese Teacher Program
Hunter College HW1425
Department of Classical and Oriental Studies
695 Park Avenue
New York, New York 10065

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