ACTFL, Chinese Testing International present comparison report of Standards for Teachers of Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages and ACTFL/CAEP Standards
ALEXANDRIA, VA—ACTFL and Chinese Testing International (CTI) have collaborated to create a detailed comparison of the CTI Standards for Teachers of Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages and the ACTFL&Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Standards for Language Teacher Preparation Programs.
The Standards for Teachers of Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages document and the ACTFL/CAEP Standards were analyzed for alignment starting with a comparison of the descriptions of the five Standards for Teachers of Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages Standards and the six ACTFL/CAEP Standards.
The level of alignment around the intent of each standard and the basic elements included in each document was determined as very strong: Each of the Standards for Teachers of Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages was 90-95% aligned with one or more of the ACTFL/CAEP Standards.
Both ACTFL and CTI are committed to developing and maintaining standards to guide teacher preparation programs at colleges and universities to ensure highly qualified teachers of languages.
Read the overview version of the full report (link goes here).
Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) is a public and non-governmental institution under the Ministry of Education of China. Chinese Testing International Co., Ltd (hereinafter referred to as CTI) is a Chinese language examination service company with the equivalent qualifications of an independent legal person, hosted by Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban). CTI is is authorized by Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) to beresponsible for the standard building, research of questions, educational resources, curriculum development, operation of examination, and marketing promotion of all kinds of Chinese language examinations (HSK / HSKK / YCT / BCT) and Certificate Examinationfor Teachers of Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (CTCSOL). CTI provides a global platform for Chinese learners to test their capabilities, and for teachers to test their teaching abilities. At present, there have been 1088 testing centers, located in 125 countries and regions around the globe, the cumulative number of participants in Chinese language tests has reached 3.13 million people. In October 2014, Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) released the Certificate Examination for Teachers of Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (CTCSOL) according to the Standards for Teachers of Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages, and CTI was held responsible for the operation of CTCSOL examination, which is designed to test whether or not participants are capable of being global Chinese language teachers. Until now, the number of participants in CTCSOL has totaled over 51,000 people.
CTI owns a wealth of educational resources both at home and abroad, and a talent pool of teachers, including 1,000 certified experts, and 7,300 personnel holding CTCSOL. Based on a talent pool of teachers for various languages, CTI provides a new career path for global Chinese language teachers, and helps them cultivate and plan their comprehensive abilities.
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is the national association for language education professionals from all levels of instruction and representing all languages. With more than 12,000 active members, ACTFL provides innovative professional development opportunities, acclaimed training and certification programs, and widely cited books, publications, scholarly journals, research studies and language education resources, including Foreign Language Annals and The Language Educator magazine. As part of its mission and vision, the organization provides guidance to the profession and to the general public regarding issues, policies, and best practices related to the teaching and learning of languages and cultures. ACTFL is a leading national voice among language educators and administrators and is guided by a responsibility to set standards and expectations that will result in high quality language programs.