After a decade of dedicated and exciting work at USF and in the west Florida communities, the USF Confucius Institute (CI) will close on December 31, 2018.

It has been a privilege to partner with Qingdao University and to extend the understanding of Chinese language at USF and across Tampa Bay and Florida. The CI leaves a legacy of collaborations across USF, the K-12 education and community organizations and we know that the CI will be fondly remembered by the many thousands of Floridians who enjoyed the events and activities of the Center.

The website will remain open at this time for those looking to use the resources embedded in these pages. Thank you for joining us over the past ten years. Zàijiàn.....

Fostering Global Citizens:
Integrating Culture in Teaching Chinese Language

The fourth annual K-12 Chinese conference hosted by the University of South Florida in partnership with the Southeast Chinese Language Association 

Co-sponsors: USF Confucius Institute, SECLA (Southeast Chinese Language Association), USF World, MDC Confucius Institute, UWF Confucius Institute, USF Department of World Languages, USF College of Education, Florida Department of Education, Chinese Language Teachers Association - FL, and Florida Chinese Teachers Association (FCTA)

Saturday, October 4, 2014 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM)

Patel Center at University of South Florida, Tampa

Directions to the Patel Center at:

The fourth annual K-12 Chinese conference will be hosted by the USF Confucius Institute, in partnership with the Southeast Chinese Language Association (SECLA) on October 4 (Saturday) at the USF Patel Center, Tampa Campus. The theme for this year is “integrating culture in teaching Chinese language.” The keynote speakers include Dr. Frank (Lixing) Tang of New York University and Dr. Xizhen Qin of USF. In the afternoon break-out sessions, several K-12 teachers will share their strategies and resources, and the administrators will explore areas for collaboration to improve and expand K-12 Chinese programs. Because of the SECLA partnership, there will be significant number of teachers and CI administrators coming from outside of Florida. Welcome to sunny Florida!

There is no registration fee for anyone who is a member of the Chinese Language Teachers Association – Florida (CLTA-FL) or Florida Chinese Teachers Association (FCTA).  (The links to sign up for the membership are provided below.)  The deadline to register for this conference is Friday, September 19. Online registration payment notices will be sent to those coming from outside of Florida, or those who are not CLTA-FL/FCTA members.

Please click on the link to view the program outline. Program Outline

Hotel Reservation

We have blocked 35 rooms at the Wingate by Wyndham Hotel next to the USF main entrance for the nights of October 3 and 4. A discount rate is set at $85.00/room (not including tax) for three types of rooms: King Single, Two Queen Beds, and Two Double Beds. (There is a limited number of rooms in each category.) Free continental breakfast is provided and shuttle service is available within three miles of the hotel. The hotel is located about 10 minutes away by walking from the conference venue, Patel Center. Directions to the Patel Center available at:

To reserve your room for the discount rate, please contact the hotel at 813-979-2828 by September 3 (absolute deadline), and mention “USF Confucius Institute”. To hold your room, you have to provide the completed Credit Authorization Form (available here) when you make the reservation. If you have a tax exempt letter from your institution, please send/fax it along with your Credit Authorization Form. More information about the hotel is available at

Travel and optional dinner

If you have extra time in Tampa before or after the conference on October 4, you may consider short trips to the Lettuce Lake Park (about three miles from the Wingate Hotel), historic Ybor City, or Clearwater Beach. If you have more time, there are many attractions near Tampa, such as the Disney World and Universal Studio in Orlando (about an hour’s drive from Tampa).

An optional dinner is planned for October 4 at the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City – the oldest restaurant in Tampa. More information about the restaurant is at If you are interested in tasting the Cuban and Spanish food, please check the box below so we can make reservations. The cost for food is about $15-$25/person depending on your interest.

Event Registration Form

Last Name:
First Name:
Name in Chinese (if you are a teacher of Chinese):
Affiliation (School/District):
Street Address:
Direct Phone:

Afternoon Breakout Session (select one):
Special dietary needs for lunch (select one):
Specify (If Other):
Reserve seat for optional dinner:
(Details above)

Support to Chinese teachers associations in Florida
Your current membership
(select one):

To sign up for CLTA-FL membership, visit:

To sign up for FCTA membership, visit:

Note: If you are not a member, you will be notified to make the online registration payment of $25/person (covering refreshments, lunch and soft drinks).

Thank you for answering the following three questions:
If your school has a Chinese program, how many students are enrolled in this school year?
If your school does not have a Chinese program, when do you plan to start one?
What technical assistance do you need to improve your current Chinese language program or start a new one?

If you have any questions, please contact us at

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