Through professional development courses and workshops, study trips, student group tours and curriculum materials, our Teach China, We All Live in the Forbidden City (WALFC), Mandarin for Future Mandarin Teachers (MFMT) and Discover China Through Art (DCTA) programs provide K-12 educators the means to enhance their knowledge of Chinese language and culture, gain professional development credits, as well as provide an opportunity for their students to learn about Chinese art, history, and culture. These programs are delivered both at China Institute and at outside educational institutions, including schools, universities, libraries and museums.

Professional Development

Teach China is a comprehensive professional development program offered by China Institute to provide a wealth of opportunities for K-12 educators to enhance their knowledge of China, past and present. We take an interdisciplinary approach consistent with national and state-mandated standards in order to help educators incorporate the teaching of China into all subjects and grade levels, including Mandarin language learning, the humanities, social studies, and the arts. Teach China promotes cross-cultural understanding through the use and creation of authentic materials, the presentation of balanced perspectives, and the fostering of enduring connections between educators around the world. Learn More

China Institute At Your School

China Institute’s We All Live in the Forbidden City (WALFC) program offers a series of interactive children’s workshops that can be brought to schools, museums, and libraries. Led by the program’s experienced teachers, students will learn about Chinese history and culture through creative activities, interactive storytelling, animated videos, and group discussions. By exploring the core values that are at the center of each workshop, such as the influence of nature in Chinese art, and drawing comparisons to their own lives, students will learn to appreciate not only Chinese culture, but the world around them. Each workshop is 1 hour long. Learn More

Gallery Tours & Workshops for Groups

Discover China Through Art (DCTA) is an innovative art education program that China Institute Gallery offers to schools and the general public. Created in 1993, DCTA introduces audiences to Chinese art and culture through a three-part interactive program that complements the Gallery’s exhibitions. The participants experiment with Chinese art through an introductory video presentation, a docent-led gallery discussion, and a hands-on art workshop. It is in these popular workshops that our participants experience Chinese art up close and have the opportunity to learn and apply fundamental techniques.

The program also offers special Chinese art and culture workshops in between of exhibitions, which consist of an interactive video presentation and an experimental hands-on workshop. Learn More

Mandarin for Future Mandarin Teachers

Established in 2006 through the Confucius Institute at China Institute ([email protected]), a partnership between China Institute and East China Normal University (ECNU), this six-week summer program provides scholarships for a select group of pre-service and in-service Chinese language teachers to take intensive graduate-level courses taught by distinguished ECNU professors who are leading scholars in their respective fields. Participating educators will earn graduate credits that may be used for Professional Development credit in schools or to obtain teaching certification from the New York State Education Department (NYSED). Learn More