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n this session, participants will discuss the importance of partnerships and articulation among various
Chinese teaching institutions, using as a model a successful partnership between a Confucius Institute and a community-based heritage language school. This collaboration benefits both institutions in promoting Chinese language and culture locally, offering professional development to teachers, and increasing students’ motivation to learn Chinese. Then participants will focus on partnerships between K–12 public schools and community-based heritage language schools, which can create a short-term solution to teacher shortage issues in the former by recruiting teachers from the latter. They can also provide a long-term opportunity for K–12 public schools to experience Chinese culture via the heritage
schools’ cultural activities.
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