2019-20 Mandarin Teacher Leadership Institute

California needs well-qualified language teachers for its K-12 classrooms.  To ensure that our students have the proficiency and confidence to use their Mandarin language skills in real-world situations, the UCLA Confucius Institute has partnered with the language experts at the California World Language Project to offer a professional development opportunity for Southern California teachers that increases participants pedagogical and leadership skills. Now in its 8th year, the Mandarin Teacher Leadership Institute (MTLI) gives teachers the tools needed to become master teachers of Chinese language and to begin serving the California K-12 education community as teacher-leaders.

As an MTLI participant, you will learn fun, creative strategies for developing lesson plans that emphasize the exclusive use of the target language while also fulfilling California’s Common Core language, culture, and content standards. You will also learn how to effectively incorporate authentic materials and technology into your classes that are designed to foster student understanding and proficiency.

Application Process - Opening this Fall

  • All applicants are required to complete an online application and send a copy of their resume to info@confucius.ucla.edu
  • Admission to the program is by invitation only. Selection will be based on a number of factors including teaching experience, educational background, and professional references, online application content, as well as geographic distribution. A goal of our program is to produce a cohort of trained teacher-leaders who will be able to serve as language teaching mentors in diverse parts of our state.

Program Cost 

The total cost of the program, including tuition, fees, and lunch is $795.00. 


Scholarship support is available through the UCLA Confucius Institute for full-time K-12 and college-level teachers and graduate students. Those needing scholarship support should indicate this on the online application, and also send an email to: info@confucius.ucla.edu with the subject line: MTLI Scholarship Request.  In the email please describe your background and training, and the need for scholarship support.  Please know that those who receive scholarship support are expected to attend all class meetings.  Scholarship recipients will be charged for any sessions not attended. The deadline to apply for scholarship support is December 1st.


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