BANGOR, Maine — The Maine Chinese Language Conference will be presented on Nov. 6 at the University of Maine by the Chinese Language and Culture Center of Maine and Bangor Chinese School, in collaboration with the Maine Department of Education, the University of Maine and Orono High School, and sponsored by Lee Academy.
The theme is “Building Strong and Sustainable Chinese Language and Culture Programs in Maine and Establishing Partnerships between Maine and China.”
The primary audiences for this conference are school administrators, school board members, teachers, parents, members of institutions of higher education and businesses statewide.
The registration fee, which includes all sessions, materials and lunch, is $125, $50 for students and those age 65 and older.
Topics and speakers are as follows:
• “Opening Doors to China and the U.S.,” Jianjun Cen, consulate general of the People’s Republic of China in New York, and Gov. John Baldacci.
• “A Perspective of Doing Business between Maine and China,” John Richardson, commissioner of Maine Department of Economic and Community Development.
• “How Education Can Bring Business to Maine,” Bruce Lindberg, Lee Academy.
• “Building Connections and Partnerships with China,” Gerry Palmer, mayor of Bangor.
• “Chinese Language Education: A National Perspective,” Jeff Wang, Asia Society.
• “Overview of World Language Instruction in the State of Maine,” Don Reutershan, Maine Department of Education.
• “World Languages at the Maine Universities,” Raymond Pelletier, University of Maine.
• “Stories of Chinese Teaching in Maine,” Wei Wu, Bo Zhu and Yue Deng, Chinese guest teachers.
• “Multimedia Use in Language Teaching,” Gisela Hoecherl-Alden, University of Maine.
• “How to Assess Students’ Learning in Foreign Language,” Suzhong Tian and Nives Dal Bo-Wheeler, University of Maine.
• “Resources for Developing Chinese Programs,” Don Reutershan, Jing Zhang and Jeff Wang.