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Language Assessment and Proficiency: A Workshop for Chinese Language Teachers

November 13 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm


200G Baldy Hall, University at Buffalo North Campus

We hope that all Chinese language educators in the Buffalo area will join us for this final Confucius Institute teacher workshop, featuring two keynote presentations.

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Matt CossLanguage Assessments that Work for Students and Teachers
Matt Coss
George Washington University and Michigan State University

Matt Coss (高正远) is a lecturer in Chinese at The George Washington University and a PhD student in Second Language Studies at Michigan State University. Matt has taught Chinese in elementary immersion, summer intensive 6-12, and university programs. Matt worked for 4 years at the National Foreign Language Center (University of Maryland) as a Graduate Assistant and Second Language Specialist on the STARTALK project. Matt’s research interests include second language (especially Task-Based) assessment, proficiency testing, instructed SLA, and the interface between assessment, instruction, and curriculum development.


Teaching Towards Higher Proficiency Levels
Sabrina Huang
Providence Day School

Miao Chun (Sabrina) Huang (黄妙君) is upper school Chinese teacher at Providence Day School in Charlotte, North Carolina. She oversees development and implementation of the school’s Chinese language curriculum in grades 2-12, including adjustments based on proficiency targets, and teaches AP Chinese. Since 2018, she has served as a facilitator and trainer for STARTALK language training programs and is a frequent presenter at foreign language conferences, including the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL), the National Chinese Language Conference (NCLC), and the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina (FLANC).


November 13
10:00 am - 3:00 pm


200G Baldy Hall


Confucius Institute, University at Buffalo