Membership Information

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CLTA Membership Renewal and Information Update

Current CLTA members can login to renew their membership online. Alternatively, download, print and mail the Membership Form (PDF file) with payment to CLTA headquarters for membership renewal.

Please contact CLTA membership manager at for assistance in updating membership information that you are unable to change (eg. username).

Becoming a Member of CLTA

To join CLTA and become a CLTA member, there are two options for membership application and payment, digitally online or via mail-in application:

      1. CLTA Online Application (pay online with credit card via PayPal)
      2. CLTA Mail-in Application (Download, print and mail the Membership Form (PDF file) with payment to Headquarters.)
Chinese Language Teachers Association, Inc.
c/o Dept. of Modern Languages
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890, U.S.A.
Tel: 412-268-5949 
Fax: 412-268-1328

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About CLTA

General Information

The Chinese Language Teachers Association, USA, Inc. (CLTA) is a professional organization devoted exclusively to the study of Chinese language, culture and pedagogy. (See our Mission Statement.) In the years since our establishment in 1962, the Chinese Language Teachers Association has both reflected and responded to changes in our students, our teachers and our world. Although approximately half of our membership is composed of specialists in Chinese language, literature, linguistics and culture teaching at colleges and universities throughout the world, we increasingly count among our membership teachers of Chinese at primary and secondary schools and Chinese community schools, as well as students of the language and other interested parties. From each of these diverse types of experts, we learn much, and can consequently give much more to all of us engaged in the learning and teaching of the Chinese language.

While the focus of our organizational energy is most concretely evident in our various publications and at our annual meeting, we are constantly seeking to expand our range of service to the Chinese language teaching profession. Specifically, we are presently working on two major initiatives: (1) to act as an advocate for and facilitator of enhanced articulation among all Chinese language learning settings, including the integration of non-textbook-specific national standards; and, (2) to serve as a provider of teacher training programs of both a pre-service and in-service nature. We are also dedicated to enhancing classroom-based application of the results of empirical research on Chinese language acquisition and instruction. And finally, the fact that you are reading this by electronic means is a result of the commitment of the Association to increased integration of technology into Chinese language pedagogy.

Whatever your reasons for learning more about the learning of Chinese, we welcome you to join us.

The Chinese Language Teachers Association, USA By-laws – The CLTA revised by-laws of 2007.

(Note: Archived online are the earlier 2001 revision of the CLTA By-laws and the still earlier 1996 revision of the CLTA By-laws. The original (and other earlier) CLTA by-laws will be archived online if, or when, they become available.)

From the President of CLTA – Messages from the current CLTA president, and past CLTA presidents to learn about past CLTA activities.

Annual Meeting and Program – Information on CLTA’s upcoming/most recent annual meeting and program. Archived programs from recent years are also online.

CLTA Awards – Information on the professional development, research, lifetime achievement and more award opportunities

Affiliated Associations – Information on the associations of which CLTA is an affiliated member. Information on CLTA’s participation in these organizations, and in other national-level activities (viz., the Chinese Language Field Initiative at this time), is also posted there.

CLTA History of Officers and Board of Directors – Past years’ officers and board members spanning the decades. (Also see who are the current CLTA Officers & Board of Directors.)

Mission Statement

Mission Statement, Goals & Strategic Plan


The Chinese Language Teachers Association, USA (CLTA) promotes the study of Chinese language and culture in an international context. Given the importance of the Chinese speaking world and its global cultural, social, economic, and political impact, our mission is to promote the Chinese language as a tool for communication worldwide. As a professional organization, CLTA represents Chinese language teachers in all educational settings. It supports establishing and sustaining quality Chinese programs, K-16 articulation, teacher education and professional development, and research relating to all aspects of teaching and learning about Chinese languages and cultures. The Association is committed to providing leadership, scholarship, and service to its members and to all sectors of society.


  1. Provide leadership to expand the capacity for high quality and sustainable Chinese language learning and teaching in the United States.
  2. Develop, improve, and strengthen Chinese language and culture instruction
  3. Establish a forum for exchanging information, expertise, ideas, experiences, and materials.
  4. Enhance the growth of the organization via professional service to the field.
  5. Foster quality scholarship based on theoretical and empirical research.

Strategic Plan:

  1. Provide assistance and guidance to enable the nation’s PreK-12 schools and institutions of higher education to establish, strengthen, and sustain quality Chinese language programs.
  2. Increase the number and improve the expertise of Chinese language educators and administrators.
  3. Assist in the development of articulated curricula, pedagogy, materials, and assessment tools that reflect students’ needs and career goals.
  4. Integrate and disseminate state-of-the-art technological resources for Chinese language teaching and learning.
  5. Provide opportunities beyond the traditional classroom setting, such as study abroad, exchanges, internship programs, and summer institutes in order to enhance students’, teachers’, and faculty members’ linguistic development, cultural understanding, and professional experiences.
  6. Conduct and support research.
  7. Disseminate new findings and best practices in teaching and learning via annual conferences, workshops, websites, newsletters, and journal articles.
  8. Collaborate with educational, professional, business, and governmental organizations to advance the field.
  9. Advocate K-16 Chinese language education by developing advocacy materials and organizing joint national and regional discussion forums and workshops.