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

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

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