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The New England Chinese Language Teacher Network Seminar

On Saturday, November 14, 2015, the China Program Center and the Confucius Institute at UMass Boston will host the 28th New England Chinese Language Teacher Network Seminar in collaboration with STARTALK Programs at UMass Boston, CLASS (Chinese Language Association for Secondary-Elementary Schools), and the Fulbright-Hays Chinese Culture Enrichment Program. Please join us for a full day of workshops for Chinese Language Teachers.

The China Program Center and Confucius Institute at UMass Boston is pleased to present a full-day of workshops for Chinese Language Teachers. Participants must select one of four workshops and register by Tuesday, November 4 at 12 p.m. Please read descriptions carefully before selecting.

Workshops

Creating a Community of Learners through Technology with Elaine Liu, Medfield Public Schools, 2015 UMass-STARTALK summer instructor (this workshop requires each participant to bring either an iPad or laptop)
How using a course website leads to creating a community of learners? Learn from a proven class example of using a website to organize and share materials with students. An effective website is a conduit for communication, and the habits formed by teachers and students produce efficiency in collecting evidence, evaluating work, and giving presentations. The site also archives activities and outcomes of the learners, and when the course ends all can see the abundance of class work, communicating and accomplishments achieved by the group, which is something to celebrate!

Engaging Students through Language Apps with Lai Te (this workshop requires each participant to bring either an iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch)
Introduce you students to expressive, fun language apps that get them speaking and creating online animated and cartoon presentations. Using online apps allow students to invent imaginative characters in a variety of contexts/scenarios that expands their use Mandarin vocabulary and unleashes their creativity, providing endless classroom possibilities. This workshop will introduce two language apps, and participants will explore many classroom applications while using the apps and creating animations.

Introducing the Application of Graded Chinese Syllables, Characters, and Words to the Teaching of Chinese with Levente Li, Visiting Fellow to UMass Boston
This workshop will introduce the concept and application of "The Graded Chinese Syllables, Characters and Words" to the teaching of Chinese. This Beijing Language and Culture University publication created a standardized set of most commonly used characters and vocabulary in a graded frequency sequence; thus, providing a fundamental core of words to be used in communication and learning Chinese culture. Chinese language was analyzed through three dimensions--syllables, characters and word; and similarly, Chinese vocabulary was divided into three grades based on its frequency of use. Learn how "The Graded Chinese Syllables, Characters and Words" can support the 5C’s—ACTFL Standards—and guide the teaching of Chinese with a new set of benchmarks.

Materials for Classroom Use with Shuhong Wang, Visiting Scholar to the Confucius Institute, UMass Boston
Learn about materials and publications for the teaching of Chinese that have been used successfully in American classrooms. Shuhong Wang has contributed to many language publications that include best materials and teaching models. She is a senior lecturer specializing in teaching Chinese as a foreign language at Renmin University and a member of the International Society for Chinese Language Teaching. Shuhong will present lesson resources and activities used in classrooms and guide participants through many of the publications available through the Confucius Institute.

Conference Agenda

Time Event
9-9:15 a.m. Check-in Registration
9:15-9:45 a.m. Director’s Welcome
Wanli Hu, PhD, Director, The China Program Center, College of Advancing and Professional Studies

Professional Development Goals for 2016
Renee Covalucci, Associate Director, The China Program Center, College of Advancing and Professional Studies
9:45-10 a.m. Professional Development Opportunities and Resources
Baifeng Sun, Director, Confucius Institute, UMass Boston
10-10:15 a.m. Break and go to workshops
10:15am-12:15pm Workshops
Please read descriptions and select a workshop while registering
  • Creating a Community of Learners through Technology, Elaine Liu (This workshop requires an iPad or laptop with Wi-Fi.)
  • Engaging Students through Language Apps, Lai Te (This workshop requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.)
  • Introducing the Application of Graded Chinese Syllables, Characters, and Words to the Teaching of Chinese, Levente Li
  • Materials for Classroom Use, Shuhong Wang
12:15-1 p.m. Lunch (provided)
1-2:30 p.m. Workshop sharing
2:30-3 p.m. Activity (Xiao Ping Guo)
3-3:30 p.m. Seminar Evaluation and Closing Remarks

Schedule, Location, Registration

Schedule:
November 14, 2015
Saturday
9:00am–3:30pm
Fee: $25

Location:
UMass Boston CAPS Facilities
150 Mount Vernon Street
Boston, MA 02125
(next to Doubletree Hotel Bayside, Boston)

To Register:
Registration is closed!

Please note: there is no on-site registration on November 14th and no seats available for additional guests.

Hosts & Collaboration

- The China Program Center
- Confucius Institute

In Collaboration with:
STARTALK logo

CLASS Logo

Fulbright logo

More Information

Renee Covalucci
Associate Director
The China Program Center
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125-3393

Tel: 617.334.9348
Fax: 617.287.7922

renee.covalucci@umb.edu