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