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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

How Utah celebrates Chinese New Year

Thanks to the University of Utah’s Confucius Institute for providing this summary of Chinese New Year events:

  • Most immediately, on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 12:15 p.m. there will be a Chinese Cultural Celebration at the City Library in downtown Salt Lake (see details below).
  • On Saturday, Feb. 13 at 7:00 p.m. Cottonwood High School will host its annual Chinese New Year Cultural Performance.
  • As we mentioned before, Lehi High School’s popular and well-established celebration will be held at the school on Monday, Feb. 15th at 5 p.m. Admission is $2 per person.
  • And on Saturday, Feb. 27 from 4-7 p.m. Jordan High School will host a “Year of the Monkey” spring festival. Admission is $2 (see details below).

City Library in downtown Salt Lake





Chinese New Year banquet, fundraiser

Salt Lake Chinese immersion families:

Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate Chinese New Year while supporting the Chinese Society of Utah (CSU).

CSU has been a big supporter of Utah’s immersion program. The nonprofit sponsors after-school programs and provides many of our classrooms with Mandarin-speaking volunteers. Each year, as part of its fundraising efforts, the organization hosts a banquet featuring cultural activities and a raffle. Children are welcome. It’s great food and great fun.
Time: February 6, 2016 <Saturday)
PM 5:30 minutes enrollment, 6 Dian seated.
Location: Rodizio Grill The Brazilian
Steakhouse @ Trolley Square
(600S. 700E., Salt Lake City)

Fee: $ 15 for members of a million, a $ 25 non-members, children 6 to 10 years old $ 5.

Please January 28, 2016 registration.    Gu Yong   Tel: 801 272 6821 , Hu Shu Yang: 801 916–3848.

Utah Chinese Association president Hu Shu Yang cum all members   yours truly2016 中華聯誼新年晩會通知

猶他州中華聯誼會(將於201626日(星期六)舉辦新春晚宴。晚會除了有大獎的Smart TV之外還有很多禮品及現金可抽。

地點:Rodizio Grill The Brazilian
Steakhouse@Trolley Square
600S. 700E. ,Salt Lake City


請於2016 1  28 日前報名。  顧鏞 電話:8012726821胡淑洋:8019163848

猶他州中華聯誼會會長胡淑洋暨全體理事 敬上

Jan. 9 deadline for Chinese calligraphy, art contest


Hello Principals, Educators, and Teachers,

We wanted to inform you all of an awesome opportunity for students learning Chinese. The Utah Chinese Association of Science and Technology is sponsoring an opportunity for students age 5-17 to submit their own artwork related to Chinese calligraphy or Chinese painting at the Salt Lake City downtown library. All artwork that meets the qualifications will be displayed at the library and participants will be rewarded a prize for their participation. Artwork must be submitted at the library by this Saturday(January 9) and will be displayed Jan 12-Feb 21.

In preparation for this exhibit, they are also holding a free calligraphy workshop for interested students at the Salt Lake City library on January 9 (this Saturday) 2-4 pm.

Please see attached flyers for details on these two events. We hope you all can help us advertise these two events by sending the attached flyers on to students learning Chinese. 

Immersion and the Shift to Junior High

Like many parents who enroll their children in an elementary language immersion program, I had (and still have) high hopes that my children will continue the program in junior high. I’m very impressed with the Utah state model, which is designed to have students spend one-half of their days in the target language (grades 1-6) and then take language classes in junior high, with students taking the AP test in 9th grade. The current plan is that in grades 10-12 students will be able to take college classes (perhaps via some type of distance education) and be just a couple of classes short of receiving a minor in the target language. See more details on the Utah model.

Originally Utah planned that junior high students would take two classes in their target language – a language class and history taught in the target language. The plans have morphed somewhat, and their current approach is that in 7th and 8th students will take an honors immersion language course, and, if desired, a repeatable one-semester culture and media course, and then an AP course in 9th grade.

A few months before my oldest daughter was about to enter 7th grade, the Provo school district held a meeting for parents to talk about the transition from 6th to 7th grade. One of the biggest challenges was that typically 7th grade students in the Provo students only get 1.5 electives. So if a student wanted to take Honors Chinese plus one Chinese Culture and Media course, it would eat up all of her electives. Many parents were concerned because they hoped their children could take band/orchestra/choir/dance/art/etc. This was a major issue and the district determined that it would need to take some time to figure out how to resolve it.

In my view, the solution the district came up with was brilliant. They found a way to be flexible and let each student tailor his/her own “best schedule.” There are several classes that traditionally most seventh graders in the Provo School District have taken (e.g., health, PE, art, etc.). The district allowed parents to select which traditionally required classes (if any) that they wanted their students to opt out of, and which electives they wanted their child to take. In our case, my daughter chose to opt out of Art, Health, PE and Utah history. That allowed her to take 1.5 credits of Chinese, plus orchestra, social dance, and creative writing.

Many districts will be shifting into junior high immersion over the next few years. In my opinion it would be advantageous for parents and junior high / district administrators to meet together well before the school year starts and look carefully at the requirements for 7th graders and how to be flexible with students who want to continue their language studies and also take full-year electives, such as choir.

Update, based on Joani’s comment. My understanding (based on discussions with two districts, but I could be wrong) is that because 7th grade does not count towards graduation that districts have flexibility in what they actually require. While parents could have their child enroll in an online health class, or something like that, it is not required for graduation.

How to use instructional videos in Chinese: from the Asia Society

Mandarin Immersion Parents Council

Asia Society Professional Development and Resources for Chinese Language Teachers
As demand for Chinese language programs skyrockets in the U.S. Schools, Asia Society continues to play a leading role in training and developing Chinese language teachers. On January 15–17, the Asia Society’s China Learning Initiatives held the 5th Annual Teachers Institute in Houston in collaboration with Asia Society Texas Center. More than 100 participants from 21 states were selected to attend the conference, which was themed “Effective Chinese Language Instruction: Step by Step.” Participants visited k–12 Chinese language programs in Houston and attended lectures and workshops. In addition to this annual conference, Asia Society’s year-long Chinese Language Teaching Fellows program selects promising candidates from schools nationwide, provides one-on-one coaching with experts, films real classroom teaching, and makes exemplary instructional videos: TEQ Series available online.

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Utah County Chinese Summer Camp

Chinese Summer Immersion Program- My name is Brittney Phelps. I am a former Chinese Immersion teacher, and I am heading up a weekly and flexible summer program to help students improve their language skills, retain what they have already learned, and be so much more prepared for the coming year.

If you live in the Utah County area and you are interested in helping your student keep up his/ her Chinese over the Summer, check out my site at

I have spent the last year tutoring many students in Chinese, from the kids who need an extra challenge to those who are struggling to keep up with the other students. Wherever your child falls along that spectrum, our weekly Summer Immersion Program will help your student to be better prepared for the year to come. Don’t let a long summer break lead your kids to forget much of what they have worked so hard to learn!

Our summer program starts this week but feel free to sign up on our website at any time during the summer!

Also, you can like our Facebook page, “Chinese Immersion Summer Program,” to receive tips throughout the summer for helping your child in Chinese.

Summer learning opportunity for Chinese teachers

The University of Utah’s Gateway to Learning Professional Development Summer Workshop program for K-12 teachers is hosting a comprehensive workshop called ‘Contemporary China’ that will run July 27th through 31st. The workshops are great for teachers looking to get college credit or relicensure credit to fulfill professional development requirements.
Information on the workshop program can be found here: