US Southwest Chinese Teacher Training Workshop concludes
On December 3 and 4, the Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona held the 2017 U.S. Southwest Region Chinese Teacher Training Workshop for local Chinese Chinese language teachers on the University of Arizona campus.
Fifty seven teachers from California, New Mexico and Arizona participated in the workshop sponsored by the Chinese Consulate General in Los Angeles.
Dr. Qin Zhining, consultant to the Hopkins Xinxing Primary School of Minnesota was invited to present a topical lecture on "Teaching of Reading in Teaching of Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages”. Dr. Qin has many years of experience in Chinese immersion teaching and has authored the Chinese children's picture book series of It’s My Book. Speaking from the nature of reading and the role of reading in language learning, she applied the principles of guided English reading, and then talked about the classroom teaching practice of Chinese reading, with authentic teaching examples from her experience.
CIUA US director Prof. Chen Zhao briefed the teachers about the 2018 "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for College Students in Southwest United States, which is to be organized by the institute.
CIUA Chinese director Prof. Wei Zhao presented a lecture on the "Principles of Immersion Teaching". Prof. Zhao is a leader in the theory and practice of English immersion teaching in China, and has been the Chinese director of CIUA for nearly four years. In the past four years, She has used her professional expertise and achieved great success in initiating and conducting two Chinese immersion programs in the Confucius classrooms in local schools, which are well-recognized in Tucson. In the lecture, she systematically combed through the principles and methods of immersion teaching, so the teachers could understand what immersion teaching was and how they could implement immersion in their schools.
The workshop also included a lecture and demonstration of "Application of Martial Arts in the Teaching of Chinese Culture" by CIUA martial arts instructor Xintuo Zhang. From the angle of martial arts and Chinese culture, he explained the martial arts culture, carried out demonstrations, and led the teachers to practice Tai Chi.
CIUA Chinese art teacher Yu Lei presented a lecture on "Creation of Chinese Classroom Environment", in which she approached Chinese culture teaching and classroom management from the novel perspective of creation of Chinese classroom, drawing great interest from the teachers.
CIUA Chinese calligraphy and painting teacher Congcong Tan explained the cultural implication of Chinese calligraphy and painting, carried out an on-site training of basic Chinese painting and led the teachers to draw giant pandas.
Consuls Chai Haiying and Cao Qian of the Chinese Consulate General in Los Angeles briefed the teachers about the study-in-China scholarship programs and awarded training certificates to teachers.
Beijing Language and Culture University's north American branch also brought many books on Chinese teaching and reading books to the workshop, and some teachers won book vouchers at the lucky draw during the recession.