Preparing Students for Advanced Placement Chinese Language & Culture

AP 515.200 Alice Zhang

This course will focus on the AP Chinese Language and Culture course and exam in relation to World-readiness Standards that serve as overarching principles for the development of curricular framework. Consultant and participants will discuss and brainstorm research-supported best practices, illustrate step-by-step instructions for creating a truly communicative and interactive immersive setting, and demonstrate effective instructional strategies in enhancing student performance in all three modes of communications (interpersonal, interpretive and presentational). Participants will gain hands-on experiences in assessing student responses by using grading criteria and rubrics applicable for AP Chinese and develop sample formative and summative assessments for their local classrooms. The entire group also will share and examine effective instructional resources. Topics will include the following:

  • Examination of sample student answers from free response sections of an actual AP exam as well as released scoring guidelines for these sections
  • Best practices and classroom strategies in improving student performance
  • Integration of the ACTFL World Readiness Standards into instruction and assessment
  • Cultural integration into the AP course o Authentic materials, immersion environment and differentiated instruction
  • Planning for Unit teaching in AP classroom as well as multilevel classrooms


Alice Zhang

Alice Zhang

Alice Zhang is Senior Faculty Specialist of Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership at College of Education of University of Maryland College Park, as well as Associate Director of Multilingual Research Center since 2015. Before then, she was the Chinese Teaching Expert and Director of the Center for Chinese Language Teacher Certification and Development at the University for 5 years. Alice has been working as College Boards’ Workshop Consultant/Presenter for AP Chinese Language since 2017. She is an active program reviewer of Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (formerly NCATE) since 2014. In addition, Alice works for College Board as a certified AP Chinese Reader, and for the World Bank as an educational consultant. Before joining in the University, Alice had been a special educator for 13 years at Baltimore City Public School System. She helped establish the Chinese Immersion program at Baltimore International Academy and guided BIA through the application process for International Baccalaureate (IB). Alice has been also a Startalk site visitor since 2011. Her research interest is teacher preparation and teacher development. She has organized numerous professional development workshops including online and brought experts of the field from the worldly recognized to the experienced classroom teachers. She has also presented at various national and international foreign language conferences with the topics focusing on 21st language teaching and learning.