Academics

The New England Chinese Language Teacher Network Seminar

On Saturday, May 14, 2016, the China Program Center and the Confucius Institute at UMass Boston will host the 29th 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.

The 2016 Spring seminar theme: Recent Accomplishments in Teaching Strategies for Mandarin will report on up-to-date national advancements in the teaching of Chinese language. Presenters will provide numerous examples of delivering instruction to meet the ACTFL World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages. Strategies and materials from Confucius Institute and STARTALK supported programs, and practical classroom application will be shared.

The second focus: Exploring Student-Centered Instruction and Classroom Management Using Technology will continue to emphasize the themes of The China Center’s 2016 programs of integrating technology and assisting Mandarin instructors to produce a student-centered learning environment by employing strategies to shift the focus of instruction from teacher to student.

Conference Agenda

Time Event
9:00-9:15am Check-in Registration
9:15-9:30am Recent Accomplishments in Teaching Strategies for Mandarin

Director’s Welcome
Wanli Hu, PhD, Director, The China Program Center, College of Advancing and Professional Studies
9:30-10:00am UMass Confucius Professional Development and Resources
Baifeng Sun, Director, UMass Boston
10:00-10:45am Part 1: National Update for the Teaching of Mandarin in the U.S.
Yu-lan Lin, PhD, Executive Director, CLASS (Chinese Language Association for Secondary-Elementary Schools)

Report on current nnational advancements in the teaching of Chinese, which will provide numerous examples of delivering instruction to meet the ACTFL World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages.
10:45-11:00am Break
11:00am-12:00pm Part 2: Classroom Practices: Testimony of Teacher Preparation
Wei Li, Chinese Language Teacher, Sharon Public Schools

A 2015 Summer Institute participant reports on learning and implementing theories, practice, and preparation
12:00-1:00pm Lunch (provided)
1:00-3:15pm Part 3: Exploring Student-Centered Instruction and Classroom Management Using Technology
Yu-lan Lin and Yixing (Star) Lew, Chinese language teacher, Newton Public Schools

Demonstrating the themes of the 2016 UMass-STARTALK program of integrating technology and assisting Mandarin instructors to produce a student-centered learning environment by employing strategies to shift the focus of instruction from teacher to student.
3:15-3:30pm Seminar Evaluation and Closing Remarks

Schedule, Location, Registration

Schedule:
May 14, 2016
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!

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