New England World Language Department Chairs Seminar on Teaching Chinese Language in K–12 Schools
Event combined with the New England Chinese Language Teacher Network Conference
Important Note: This conference is an opportunity to gain a practical understanding of National World Language Standards being used in public schools and insight into how teachers are evaluated by their department chairs or principals.
On Saturday, December 20,2014, the China Program Center and the Confucius Institute at UMass Boston will host the 26th New England Chinese Language Teacher Network Conference in collaboration with Primary Source, Inc., CLASS (Chinese Language Association for Secondary-Elementary Schools), the Fulbright-Hays Chinese Culture Enrichment Program and STARTALKPrograms at UMass Boston.
The focus of the 26th NECLTN Seminar will be the recently revised World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages from the American Council on the teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Dr. Yu-lan Lin will provide the newest advances and inclusions in the national standards and their effect on language instruction in public schools. The second segment will be a panel discussion on Implementing and Evaluating Classrooms using the ACTFL Standards with Dr. Lin and various World Language Chairs. The panel discussion will be followed by small group dialogues on “What do the World-Readiness Standards look like in classrooms?”
|9:30-10:15am||Welcome and New Programs
Wanli Hu, PhD, Director, The China Program Center, College of Advancing and Professional Studies
Professional Development Opportunities and Resources
Baifeng Sun, Director, Confucius Institute, UMass Boston
|10:15-11:00am||National Update: World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
Yu-lan Lin, PhD, Executive Director, CLASS (Chinese Language Association for Secondary-Elementary Schools)
|11:15-12:15am||Implementing and Evaluating the ACTFL Standards: A Panel Discussion with World Language Chairs and Principals
Topics will cover what evaluators look for in successful classrooms and how teachers are supported through their continuum of practice while working in public schools
|1:00-2:45pm||What do the World-Readiness Standards look like in Classrooms?
Group discussions at tables on meeting national standards: efforts by teachers, measures by evaluators, and presentations that illustrate what is happening in Chinese language classrooms today
|2:45-3:00pm||Wrap-up and Evaluation|