Chinese Teacher Training & Workshops
2018 U.S. Southwestern Region
Chinese Teachers Workshop
November 3rd – 4th, 2018
University of Arizona
The Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona
- Culture and Language Teaching
- Chinese Language Teaching Through Songs and Drama
- Showcase and Hands-on Exercise of Using Artwork to Create a Lively Learning Environment
- Demonstration of Chinese Martial Arts
- Introduction of Tai Chi and Health Qigong
Contact: Ms. Ying Yuan, 520-626-5124,
Registration: Please download and fill out the registration Excel or PDF file and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration Deadline: October 20th, 2018
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Saturday, November 3rd
9:00am-10:00am Lecture - From Duality to Unity: A Cultural Chinese Approach by Professor Zu-yan Chen
Although language teaching has admittedly always contained a cultural dimension, language and culture often blend in relatively divergent ways. Culture in language learning is often seen as a bonus or hors d’oeuvre, an expendable fifth skill tacked on to the teaching of speaking, listening, reading and writing. This lecture attempts to present a new approach to cultural integration and immersion. Instead of taking culture as a set of behavioral practices or social conditions, this approach is intended to identify and gain insights into the very fabric of culture that governs personal behavior and directs social dynamics. In addition, this approach distinguishes itself by treating the exquisite connection between language and culture in a systematic and structured manner. Culture thus becomes the very core of language learning, transitioning its role from context to text, and its relation with language from duality to unity.
10:00am-10:30am Workshop - Teaching Chinese through Songs by Professor Hong Zhang
This workshop will be composed of five parts: 1. A PowerPoint presentation introducing singing as a great way to help language learning by improving pronunciation, diction, voice projection, and language expression. 2. Introducing basic singing techniques, including posture, breathing, voice projection, and diction. 3. Step by step teaching of songs in an interactive and participatory fashion, explaining style, basic mood, articulation, dynamics and expression. 4. Applying basic singing technique to daily speaking in order to save the voice from heavy teaching activity. 5. Q&A time and a mini master class. Walking out of this workshop, teachers should have the confidence to teach their students to improve their language proficiency through singing Chinese songs.
10:30am-10:45am Short break
10:45am-12:00pm Workshop - Teaching Chinese through Songs (continued) by Professor Hong Zhang
Learn basic vocal techniques and some songs, including posture, deep breathing, open mouth, smile, legato singing, voice projection, etc.
Learn songs of different genres: chorus, duet, solo and ensemble; knowing songs’ styles and basic mood; how to teach a song step by step; how to follow composer’s indications for the song dynamics, and how to express songs in a vivid, lively and convincing way.
12:00pm-1:30pm Lunch and free talk
1:30pm-2:30pm Lecture - Succeeding with Confucianism by Professor Zuyan Chen
Confucianism is centrally concerned with questions about how we ought to live: what goes into a worthwhile life, how to weigh duties toward family, what kinds of qualities a person should have or avoid having, how we should treat other people (and ourselves), and what makes us happy. This lecture will introduce ethical issues raised by some of the most influential texts in Confucius’s Analects. It will use Chinese thought in the context of contemporary American life to help audience find their place in the world and create a positive society and flourishing life.
2:30pm-2:40pm Short break
2:40pm-4:00pm Workshop - Teaching Chinese through Songs (continued) by Professor Hong Zhang
Continue to learn songs using discussed techniques.
4:00pm-4:45pm Workshop - Teaching Chinese through Songs (continued) by Professor Hong Zhang
Q&A time and a mini master class: teachers may present the songs they learned today, or sing their own songs, or the songs they plan to teach their students; and Professor Zhang will give feedback or advice.
4:45pm-5:00pm Closing remarks by CIUA Chinese Director, Dr. Junjie He.
Sunday, November 4th
8:30am-9:20am Tai Chi and Health Qigong by Mr. Xintuo Zhang
9:30am-11:30am Workshop - Humanizing Teaching: Language Through Drama, by Mr. Yusi Gao
Drama offers a natural way of learning cultural practices, products, and perspectives. Perhaps most importantly, it involves the learners in an active, positive and purposeful manner and allows them to express themselves both artistically and linguistically. The presentation will include demonstrations of a range of drama techniques that can be used at various levels, including role-playing, storytelling, and improvisation. Participants will get a hands-on experience through participation in the demo activities.
11:40am-12:30pm Lunch break
1:00pm-2:00pm Workshop - Chinese Arts and Crafts, by Ms. Xiaotao Wang
Paper-cutting is an integral part of Chinese culture and culture teaching in international Chinese teaching. Learning paper-cutting can not only help Chinese language learners feel the charm of Chinese traditional folk art, but also arouse their interest in learning about Chinese culture. Paper-cut teaching can also be combined with the teaching of Chinese characters. Many Chinese characters are symmetrical, such as “春”, “天”, “林”, “王”, “日”, “人” and “羊”, and symmetry is a key artistic feature of Chinese paper-cuts. This workshop will center on three aspects: 1. The overview, classification and basic techniques of paper-cutting 2. Design principles, teaching principles and teaching methods of paper-cutting 3. Demonstration of paper-cuts, Chinese characters and traditional culture teaching with hands-on practice.
2:00pm-3:00pm Planning for Chinese Bridge Competition
3:10pm-3:30pm Closing ceremony
3:30pm UA campus tour
Please bring the following for Professor Hong Zhang’s workshop - A favorite song with a sheet music (you can sing it for the workshop, accompanied by the piano)
Introduction of Speakers and Lead Teachers
Professor Zuyan Chen
Dr. Zuyan Chen is Professor of Chinese Language and Literature at Binghamton University, State University of New York. He holds the rank of SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor. His publications include seven books and many articles spanning the fields of Chinese poetry and poetics, Chinese culture, Confucianism, and Chinese pedagogy.
陈祖言是复旦大学硕士、威斯康辛大学博士。研究领域包括唐宋文学、古典诗学、儒学、中国文化和汉语教学法。出书七本，包括早期的《张说年谱》（香港中文大学出版社）及近期的 Confucius’s Analects: An Advanced Reader of Chinese Language and Literature (Georgetown University Press) 及Confucius: Eternal Sage (Long River Press, San Francisco)。并有大量论文发表在美国、中国、台湾及欧洲的学术刊物上，包括”Impregnable Phalanx and Splendid Chamber: Chang Yüeh and the Aesthetics of High T'ang Poetry” (Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews), “Shao Yong’s (1011-77) ‘Great Chant on Observing Weiqi’: An Archetype of Neo-Confucian Poetry,” (Journal of American Oriental Society) 及《“楸枰小技，可以喻大”：钱谦益围棋诗中反清复明的微辞隐语》 (《文艺研究》)。
Professor Hong Zhang
Ms. Hong Zhang holds a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from Binghamton University, SUNY, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently a tenured Instructor of Chinese and an associate faculty member of Music at Binghamton University, Zhang has been singing as a soloist for numerous concerts. She has also been giving lectures and recitals on “Chinese Ethnic Groups and Their Songs” as well as workshops on “Teaching Chinese through Song” extensively in the US and abroad.
张泓教授所到之处包括联合国总部和美国、中国、加拿大及新加坡的几十所大学，如：美国的密歇根、弗吉尼亚、波特兰、纽约、旧金山、普渡、威斯康星、特拉华、科罗拉多、俄勒冈、罗德岛、中田纳西、爱荷华、阿拉斯加、肯塔基、肯尼索、南卡罗琳娜、圣地亚哥、石溪、水牛城、海军学院等大学；中国的北大、清华、北语、复旦、南开、苏州、民族、暨南、华中科技、华师大、上师大，武汉师大、南京师大、华中师大等大学；加拿大的多伦多和约克大学、新加坡的南洋理工大学以及古巴的哈瓦那大学等。她也培养了很多在国际比赛中获奖的学生。她还合著了《唱歌学中文》（纽约州立大学出版社2010, 2014）和《文化中文：艺术、文学、历史》（乔治城大学出版社, 2012）两本书。
Mr. Yusi Gao
Mr. Yusi Gao hosts a dual Master’s degree in Foreign Language Education and TESOL from New York University. He currently teaches Mandarin at the Brearley School in NYC while working on his a master's degree in Applied Theatre at the City University of New York. An active community artist, Yusi has been exploring ways of implementing drama into his lessons. He is thrilled to share his learning with colleagues in Arionza.
Master Xintuo Zhang
Master Xintuo Zhang’s home institution is the Songshan Shaolin Wushu College. He is a National Grade A Wushu athlete and holds a master’s degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages from Zhengzhou University. He has over 15 years of experience in Wushu practice, including 8 years of professional training at the Shaolin Tagou Wushu School and Professional Wushu Team of Henan Province. He won the Chen-Style Taiji Championship at the International Shaolin Wushu Competition and was the Sword Champion at the Henan Province Youth Wushu Championship. He has been invited to many countries to perform Chinese Wushu, including Russia, England, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Iceland, and New Zealand.
Ms. Xiaotao Wang
Ms. Wang Xiaotao is an English teacher at Zhangxian No.1 High School in Gangsu Province. She graduated from Xi 'an International Studies University in 2009 and began teaching English. She has received many national teaching accolades due to her plentiful teaching expert and her students have won second and third place in national English competitions multiple times. She has a passion for painting and calligraphy and coaches students in these subjects in her spare time. One of her students won the national first prize in the "EU and Me" painting contest.