Choosing Instructional Materials: Challenge and Opportunity National Chinese Language Conference May 1, 2009 Carol Ann Dah...
挑 战   The Challenge:   <ul><li>Materials selection is a BIG decision  </li></ul><ul><li>Materials often determine curricul...
National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center Chinese Curriculum Project http://www.nflrc.iastate.edu/Chinese/curriculum....
<ul><li>Well-designed materials can serve as valuable in-service for teachers. </li></ul><ul><li>Materials that match prog...
Special Issues for Chinese <ul><li>Which language? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cantonese </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mandarin </l...
Special Issues for Chinese <ul><li>•  Approach to literacy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pinyin/BoPoMoFo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><u...
Special Issues for Chinese <ul><li>•  Role of literacy </li></ul>口 语 书面语 WRITTEN - oral 口 语 书面语 WRITTEN - ORAL 口 头 written...
Materials Suitability <ul><li>Diversity </li></ul>Ethnic Racial Ability/Disability Socio-economic
 
Materials Suitability <ul><li>Diversity </li></ul><ul><li>Stereotyping </li></ul><ul><li>racism </li></ul><ul><li>sexism <...
 
 
Materials Suitability <ul><li>Diversity </li></ul><ul><li>Stereotyping/racism </li></ul><ul><li>Racial and gender equity <...
Possible Guidelines for Use in Materials Selection
Things to Consider when  Looking at Guidelines: <ul><li>What issues are addressed that you have been struggling with? </li...
Languages and Children Goals Standards- and Performance-Based Compatible with program goals Careful Scope and Sequence App...
Languages and Children Communication Organized by communication, rather than by grammar Use of English avoided/discouraged...
Languages and Children Culture Integrated into program materials Presented from a global perspective Situations and langua...
Languages and Children Subject Content, Thinking Skills Teaching grade-appropriate subject content, interdisciplinary cont...
Languages and Children Bias Flexibility Physical Characteristics Budget
Languages and Children Support Materials Teacher’s manual with abundant suggestions Relevant, effective visual and audio m...
Suggested Guidelines for  Districts Using:
Criteria for Understanding by Design Districts Do the materials… <ul><li>• continually revisit big ideas? </li></ul><ul><l...
Criteria for Understanding by Design Districts Do the materials… <ul><li>• have many different types of materials, includi...
Criteria for Understanding by Design Districts Are the materials well organized and teacher-friendly? Are outside experien...
Searching For & Selecting  Sound Teaching Materials Jane Lu, CPS / CIC
Ideas for Ideal  Teaching Materials <ul><li>Comparison </li></ul><ul><li>Integration </li></ul><ul><li>Differentiation </l...
Workshops for  Teaching Resources <ul><li>The Better Chinese Strategy for Implementing Inquiry-Based Story-Centered K-12 M...
Swap Shops for  Sharing Teaching Materials <ul><li>Engaging Learning Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Effective Teaching Strat...
Publishers & Distributors  for Chinese Textbook and Material Resources <ul><li>www. chinasprout .com </li></ul><ul><li>www...
Websites for Chinese  Textbook and Material Resources <ul><li>www. askasia . org/chinese/ </li></ul><ul><li>www. zhongwen ...
Websites for Chinese  Textbook and Material Resources <ul><li>www. chinasona .com </li></ul><ul><li>www. chinalinks . osu ...
Some New  Teaching Materials <ul><li>For Elementary School: </li></ul><ul><li>Flying with Chinese  飞向中文 </li></ul><ul><li>...
Some New  Teaching Materials <ul><li>For Middle & High Schools: </li></ul><ul><li>Discovering Chinese  奇妙中文   </li></ul><u...
Some New  Teaching Materials <ul><li>For AP Chinese: </li></ul><ul><li>加油  </li></ul><ul><li>Chinese for Global Community ...
Some New  Teaching Materials <ul><li>For College: </li></ul><ul><li>Comprehensive Chinese  汉语综合教程 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ne...
Tips for Selecting  Teaching Materials <ul><li>Make full use of what you already have </li></ul><ul><li>Age appropriatenes...
Some Chinese Textbooks  Used in CPS <ul><li>Elementary Schools: </li></ul><ul><li>Chinese Paradise  汉语乐园 </li></ul><ul><li...
Some Chinese Textbooks  Used in CPS <ul><li>High Schools: </li></ul><ul><li>Easy Steps to Chinese  轻松学中文 </li></ul><ul><li...
Things to Consider when  Looking at Guidelines: <ul><li>What issues are addressed that you have been struggling with? </li...
Thank you! 谢谢! <ul><li>www. confuciusinstitutechicago .org </li></ul><ul><li>www. askasia .org </li></ul><ul><li>www. olce...
Questions?
Choosing Instructional Materials: Challenge and Opportunity Carol Ann Dahlberg (cadahlbe@cord.edu) Jane Lu  (jylu@cps.k12....
 
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  1. 1. Choosing Instructional Materials: Challenge and Opportunity National Chinese Language Conference May 1, 2009 Carol Ann Dahlberg Concordia College, Moorhead, MN Jane Lu Chicago Public Schools/ Confucius Institute in Chicago
  2. 2. 挑 战 The Challenge: <ul><li>Materials selection is a BIG decision </li></ul><ul><li>Materials often determine curriculum, especially with inexperienced teachers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Inexperienced in the classroom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inexperienced in the U.S. setting </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Materials designed for U.S. classrooms are still being developed </li></ul><ul><li>Materials for other contexts may not always be suitable </li></ul>
  3. 3. National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center Chinese Curriculum Project http://www.nflrc.iastate.edu/Chinese/curriculum.htm Ohio’s K-4 Content-Enriched Mandarin Chinese Curriculum and Professional Development Modules http://www.ode.ohio.gov U.S. Curriculum Projects
  4. 4. <ul><li>Well-designed materials can serve as valuable in-service for teachers. </li></ul><ul><li>Materials that match program philosophy can guide teacher thinking and classroom practice. </li></ul><ul><li>Well-designed materials can help to unify a program and ease articulation </li></ul>时机 The Opportunity:
  5. 5. Special Issues for Chinese <ul><li>Which language? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cantonese </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mandarin </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Traditional </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Simplified </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Approach to literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Role of literacy </li></ul>
  6. 6. Special Issues for Chinese <ul><li>• Approach to literacy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pinyin/BoPoMoFo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>May conflict with English phonics in younger learners </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Needed for computer use </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Aid to pronunciation--especially older learners </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hanzi 汉 字 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Culture bearer </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fully represent the language </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Special Issues for Chinese <ul><li>• Role of literacy </li></ul>口 语 书面语 WRITTEN - oral 口 语 书面语 WRITTEN - ORAL 口 头 written - ORAL 书面语
  8. 8. Materials Suitability <ul><li>Diversity </li></ul>Ethnic Racial Ability/Disability Socio-economic
  9. 10. Materials Suitability <ul><li>Diversity </li></ul><ul><li>Stereotyping </li></ul><ul><li>racism </li></ul><ul><li>sexism </li></ul><ul><li>(ageism) </li></ul><ul><li>Racial and gender equity </li></ul>
  10. 13. Materials Suitability <ul><li>Diversity </li></ul><ul><li>Stereotyping/racism </li></ul><ul><li>Racial and gender equity </li></ul><ul><li>Role of religion </li></ul><ul><li>Attitude toward the human body </li></ul><ul><li>Role of violence </li></ul><ul><li>Developmental appropriateness </li></ul>
  11. 14. Possible Guidelines for Use in Materials Selection
  12. 15. Things to Consider when Looking at Guidelines: <ul><li>What issues are addressed that you have been struggling with? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you find on the lists that you might have otherwise overlooked? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the top 5 things that you are walking away with that were included on these lists? </li></ul><ul><li>What should be added that hasn’t already been listed? </li></ul>
  13. 16. Languages and Children Goals Standards- and Performance-Based Compatible with program goals Careful Scope and Sequence Appropriate appropriate for intended audience.
  14. 17. Languages and Children Communication Organized by communication, rather than by grammar Use of English avoided/discouraged Oriented to activity and experience Approaches to literacy compatible with program goals Provide for meaningful, purposeful language use
  15. 18. Languages and Children Culture Integrated into program materials Presented from a global perspective Situations and language are culturally authentic, up to date Access to authentic songs, poems, games, literature
  16. 19. Languages and Children Subject Content, Thinking Skills Teaching grade-appropriate subject content, interdisciplinary content in Chinese Help to develop higher-order skills Opportunities for students to personalize language, culture, content learning
  17. 20. Languages and Children Bias Flexibility Physical Characteristics Budget
  18. 21. Languages and Children Support Materials Teacher’s manual with abundant suggestions Relevant, effective visual and audio materials Technology materials or activities
  19. 22. Suggested Guidelines for Districts Using:
  20. 23. Criteria for Understanding by Design Districts Do the materials… <ul><li>• continually revisit big ideas? </li></ul><ul><li>reflect a developmentally-appropriate approach to student learning? </li></ul><ul><li>provide for diverse abilities, interests and needs of students? </li></ul>
  21. 24. Criteria for Understanding by Design Districts Do the materials… <ul><li>• have many different types of materials, including technology-based materials, rather than just a text? </li></ul><ul><li>encourage interdisciplinary connections? </li></ul>
  22. 25. Criteria for Understanding by Design Districts Are the materials well organized and teacher-friendly? Are outside experiences, including family involvement, part of the learning experience? Self & Campine
  23. 26. Searching For & Selecting Sound Teaching Materials Jane Lu, CPS / CIC
  24. 27. Ideas for Ideal Teaching Materials <ul><li>Comparison </li></ul><ul><li>Integration </li></ul><ul><li>Differentiation </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperative Learning </li></ul>
  25. 28. Workshops for Teaching Resources <ul><li>The Better Chinese Strategy for Implementing Inquiry-Based Story-Centered K-12 Mandarin Language Instruction </li></ul><ul><li>An Introduction to “Chinese Essential: What and How” </li></ul><ul><li>Pen Plus, Speech Plus - Computer Software for Teaching and Learning Chinese </li></ul><ul><li>An Introduction to “CPS Chinese K-12 Curriculum” </li></ul><ul><li>ActiveChinese – Go Above and Beyond Language Teaching </li></ul>
  26. 29. Swap Shops for Sharing Teaching Materials <ul><li>Engaging Learning Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Effective Teaching Strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Selecting and Making Instructional Materials </li></ul><ul><li>Using Movies or Movie Clips </li></ul>
  27. 30. Publishers & Distributors for Chinese Textbook and Material Resources <ul><li>www. chinasprout .com </li></ul><ul><li>www. cheng - tsui .com </li></ul><ul><li>www. chinabooks .com </li></ul><ul><li>www. afk .com </li></ul><ul><li>www. betterchinese .com </li></ul><ul><li>Beijing Language and Culture University Press (BLCUP) 北京语言大学出版社 </li></ul><ul><li>www. hep . edu . cn Higher Education Press </li></ul><ul><li>高等教育出版社 </li></ul><ul><li>People‘s Education Press 人民教育出版社 </li></ul><ul><li>Beijing University Press 北京大学出版社 </li></ul>
  28. 31. Websites for Chinese Textbook and Material Resources <ul><li>www. askasia . org/chinese/ </li></ul><ul><li>www. zhongwen .com </li></ul><ul><li>www. chinasite .com </li></ul><ul><li>www. chineseculture .about .com </li></ul><ul><li>www. chinapage .com </li></ul><ul><li>www. mandarintools .com </li></ul>
  29. 32. Websites for Chinese Textbook and Material Resources <ul><li>www. chinasona .com </li></ul><ul><li>www. chinalinks . osu . edu </li></ul><ul><li>www. lost-theory .org </li></ul><ul><li>www. chinese . cn </li></ul><ul><li>http: // ChineseCLASSresources . osu . edu </li></ul>
  30. 33. Some New Teaching Materials <ul><li>For Elementary School: </li></ul><ul><li>Flying with Chinese 飞向中文 </li></ul><ul><li>Experiencing Chinese 体验汉语 </li></ul><ul><li>Children’s Primer 中文启蒙 </li></ul>
  31. 34. Some New Teaching Materials <ul><li>For Middle & High Schools: </li></ul><ul><li>Discovering Chinese 奇妙中文 </li></ul><ul><li>Magic Tour of Chinese </li></ul><ul><li>Experiencing Chinese 体验汉语 </li></ul><ul><li>Exploring Chinese 汉语 </li></ul><ul><li>Chinese for U.S. </li></ul>
  32. 35. Some New Teaching Materials <ul><li>For AP Chinese: </li></ul><ul><li>加油 </li></ul><ul><li>Chinese for Global Community </li></ul><ul><li>Barron’s AP Chinese Language and Culture </li></ul>
  33. 36. Some New Teaching Materials <ul><li>For College: </li></ul><ul><li>Comprehensive Chinese 汉语综合教程 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New Arrival 初来乍到 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When in China 入乡随俗 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Understanding the People and the World 知人论世 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On the Present and Past 说古道今 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing and Truth 文以载道 </li></ul></ul>
  34. 37. Tips for Selecting Teaching Materials <ul><li>Make full use of what you already have </li></ul><ul><li>Age appropriateness and on-level materials </li></ul><ul><li>With visual aids </li></ul><ul><li>The contents of teaching materials reflect: </li></ul><ul><li>a. Comparison of both western and Chinese cultures </li></ul><ul><li>b. Integration of other subject areas </li></ul><ul><li>c. Options for assignments </li></ul><ul><li>d. Abundance and variety of interactive activities </li></ul><ul><li>5. Rubrics for assessments </li></ul><ul><li>6. Continuity </li></ul>
  35. 38. Some Chinese Textbooks Used in CPS <ul><li>Elementary Schools: </li></ul><ul><li>Chinese Paradise 汉语乐园 </li></ul><ul><li>Happy Chinese 快乐汉语 </li></ul><ul><li>Chinese Made Easy for Kids 轻松学汉语 </li></ul><ul><li>My First Chinese Words </li></ul><ul><li>快乐幼儿华语 </li></ul><ul><li>My First Chinese Readers </li></ul><ul><li>快乐儿童华语 </li></ul>
  36. 39. Some Chinese Textbooks Used in CPS <ul><li>High Schools: </li></ul><ul><li>Easy Steps to Chinese 轻松学中文 </li></ul><ul><li>Chinese Made Easy 轻松学汉语 </li></ul><ul><li>Chinese Link 中文天地 </li></ul><ul><li>Integrated Chinese 中文听说读写 </li></ul><ul><li>New Practical Chinese 新实用汉语课本 </li></ul><ul><li>Contemporary Chinese 当代中文 </li></ul><ul><li>Ni Hao 你好 </li></ul><ul><li>Learn Chinese With Me 跟我学汉语 </li></ul>
  37. 40. Things to Consider when Looking at Guidelines: <ul><li>What issues are addressed that you have been struggling with? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you find on the lists that you might have otherwise overlooked? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the top 5 things that you are walking away with that were included on these lists? </li></ul><ul><li>What should be added that hasn’t already been listed or discussed? </li></ul>
  38. 41. Thank you! 谢谢! <ul><li>www. confuciusinstitutechicago .org </li></ul><ul><li>www. askasia .org </li></ul><ul><li>www. olce .org </li></ul><ul><li>www. cps . edu </li></ul>
  39. 42. Questions?
  40. 43. Choosing Instructional Materials: Challenge and Opportunity Carol Ann Dahlberg (cadahlbe@cord.edu) Jane Lu (jylu@cps.k12.il.us)
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