College Board: Can Chinese Language Get Your Students into Their Dream Colleges? (A2)

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Global competencies, including mastery of the Chinese language, are highly valued by the world’s leading universities. A panel of experts will address how globally minded students can distinguish …

Global competencies, including mastery of the Chinese language, are highly valued by the world’s leading universities. A panel of experts will address how globally minded students can distinguish themselves in the admission process through an interest in and facility with the Chinese language and culture. Participants will learn about the role of Chinese language skills in the university admission and enrollment process, and will explore resources and tools available to students to demonstrate these competencies, including the SAT® Subject Test in Chinese.

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  • 1. Can Chinese Language Get Your Students Admitted to Their Dream Colleges?
    2011 National Chinese Language Conference
    San Francisco, CA
  • 2. Baocai (Paul) Jia, HS Chinese Teacher, Cupertino High School, Cupertino, CA
    Jamie Northrup, Director of Marketing, Middlebury-Monterrey Language Academy, Middlebury, VT
    Michelle Whittingham, Associate Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management and Director of Admissions, University of California, Santa Cruz
    James Montoya (Moderator), Vice President of Relationship Development, The College Board
    Meet the Presenters
    2
  • 3. Look at key factors considered in the college admissions and enrollment process
    Examine role of Chinese language knowledge and cultural experiences in college admissions and enrollment
    Learn about tools students can leverage to demonstrate language proficiency and cultural awareness
    Have fun!
    Session Objectives
    3
  • 4. 4
    Let’s play….
  • 5. 5
    The Rules
    • Team who “buzzes” first gets 20 seconds to guess as many answers as they can
    • 6. Answers are recorded on flip charts
    • 7. Points are awarded for matched answers
    • 8. Team with the most points at the end wins
  • 6
    Let’s meet the families…
  • 9. 7
    Part One – Admissions Factors
    What are the most common factors considered by colleges when looking at a student profile?
  • 10. Factors Considered in College Admissions
    8
    Primary Factors
    (2 points each)
    • Quality/Rigor of Academic Courses
    • 11. Academic Performance/ Grades
    • 12. Test Scores (SAT, SAT Subject Tests, AP®, etc.)
    • 13. Special Talents, projects, achievements
    Additional Factors
    (1 point each)
    • Extracurricular Activities
    • 14. Personal Statements / Essay(s)
    • 15. Letters of Recommendation
    • 16. Demonstrated Interest
  • 9
    Part Two – Chinese Language Knowledge & Cultural Awareness
    What does demonstration of Chinese language knowledge and cultural awareness indicate about a student?
  • 17. Role of Chinese Language Knowledge & Cultural Awareness
    Academic Insights
    (2 points each)
    • Bilingual ability
    • 18. Fulfillment of foreign language requirement
    • 19. Interest / readiness for advanced study of the language
    • 20. Potential fit for a major / program (e.g., East Asian studies, international economics, international relations)
    Non-Academic Insights
    (2 points each)
    • Global perspective
    • 21. Cultural awareness
    • 22. Ability to contribute to campus diversity
    • 23. Facility with intercultural communications
    • 24. Eagerness to investigate the world
    • 25. Ability to translate ideas into action
    10
  • 26. 11
    Part Three – Academic Resources & Tools
    What academic resources & tools are available for students to demonstrate proficiency in Chinese language and culture?
  • 27. Academic Resources & Tools
    12
    2 points each
    • Take high school courses in Chinese language and/or culture
    • 28. Take Advanced Placement Chinese Language and Culture Course & Exam
    • 29. Pursue Chinese language study outside of the high school classroom (e.g., weekend language study, online courses)
    • 30. Demonstrate Chinese language proficiency through SAT Subject Test in Chinese
    • 31. Participate in Summer Language & Culture immersion programs (e.g., Middlebury-Monterrey Language Academy, STARTALK programs)
  • Advanced Placement Chinese Language and Culture Course & Exam
    13
    Content & Skills Covered
    Cultural Awareness
    • Explores contemporary and historical Chinese culture
    • 32. Cover social, geographic, economic, environmental and political topics
    Language Proficiency
    • Employs 3 communicative modes
    • 33. Interpersonal - two-way interaction
    • 34. Interpretive – interpret a broad range of written and oral texts
    • 35. Presentational – speaking & writing proficiency
    Interweaves language and culture to deepen students’ immersion into the Chinese-speaking world
    • Comparable to a fourth semester college/university course in Mandarin Chinese
    • 36. Exam:
    • 37. Is 2hrs & 15min long
    • 38. Assesses proficiency in Interpersonal, Interpretive and Presentational Communication
    • 39. Graded on a 1-5 scale
  • SAT Subject Test in Chinese
    14
    Skills Assessed
    Listening Comprehension
    • Ability to understand spoken Chinese
    • 40. Based on short, spoken dialogues and narratives
    Language Usage
    • Correct completion of sentences
    • 41. Printed in traditional Chinese characters and simplified Chinese characters, and two phonetic transcriptions (Pinyin romanization and the Chinese phonetic alphabet Bopomofo)
    Reading Comprehension
    • Understanding of main and supporting ideas, themes, and the setting of passages
    Evaluates a student’s ability to understand spoken and written Mandarin Chinese in the context of contemporary Chinese culture
    • One-hour long test; 85 multiple questions
    • 42. 20 minutes of listening and 40 minutes of usage and reading
    • 43. 200-800 score scale
    • 44. Based on 2-4 years of Chinese language study in high school, or the equivalent
  • Subject Tests and AP - How do they compare?
    15
    AP Chinese Culture & Language Exam
    SAT Subject Test in Chinese
    College level testthat assess a student’s knowledge, skills, and abilities, learned in the corresponding AP course
    High school level testthat indicate a student’s Chinese language proficiency based on 2-4yrs of high school level study
    • Focuses on both language proficiency and cultural understanding
    • 45. Assesses proficiency in Interpersonal, Interpretive and Presentational Communication
    • 46. Exam is tied to study in the corresponding AP course
    • 47. Primarily used for college course credit & placement
    • 48. Primarily focuses on language proficiency
    • 49. Covers listening and reading comprehension skills
    • 50. Can be taken at any time during high school; not tied to a specific curriculum
    • 51. Primarily used for college admissions
  • 16
    Part Four – Non-Academic Resources & Tools
    What non-academic resources & tools are available for students to demonstrate proficiency in Chinese language and culture?
  • 52. Non-Academic Resources & Tools
    17
    2 points each
    • Study abroad / Travel abroad programs
    • 53. Volunteer work in communities where there are native speakers
    • 54. Involvement with Chinese language & culture clubs
    • 55. Participation in local embassy community outreach programs
    • 56. Involvement with government-sponsored exchange programs in foreign languages
    • 57. Online language exchange programs
  • 18
    …and THE WINNING TEAM is…
    CONGRATULATIONS!!!
    Come see us after the session for your prize
  • 58. Questions?
    19