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  • At the classroom level these under gird curriculum, assessment, and instruction in the U.S. Therefore, they will be what we will focus on this week,
  • As language teachers, you will hear what the U.S. is doing to promote languages and the roadblocks that we need to overcome to realize our vision of all Americans having opportunities to learn a language to develop functional proficiency. Here are some of those challenges. STOP: Fill in “Learned” part of K-W-L chart.
  • This site would support high school lessons quite well. They may also be valuable resources for students who excel in middle school. Each lesson has text, audio, translation, and glossary—all Web based or downloadable!
  • This site would support high school lessons quite well. They may also be valuable resources for students who excel in middle school. Each lesson has text, audio, translation, and glossary—all Web based or downloadable!
  • T3 Strengthening the Chinese Language Teaching Field through Teacher Support

    1. 1. Strengthening the Chinese Language Teaching Field through Teacher Support National Chinese Language Conference April 23, 2010 Washington DC
    2. 2. Presenters Lucy C. Lee Yuanchao Meng Yvonne M. Lau
    3. 3. <ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Program developer </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Program advocator </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Curriculum developer </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Textbook selector </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Materials developer </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>中文老师 L ǎ osh ī
    4. 4. Sustaining and Strengthening Chinese Program 中文老师 L ǎ osh ī
    5. 5. Educational Trends <ul><li>Communicative Approach to Language Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Backwards Design </li></ul><ul><li>Performance Assessments </li></ul><ul><li>Formative Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Online & Digital Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Content-based Instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Differentiated Instruction </li></ul>
    6. 6. Challenges <ul><li>Multiple entry points </li></ul><ul><li>Various program types for elementary and middle school </li></ul><ul><li>K-12 articulation </li></ul><ul><li>Sufficient national and local funding </li></ul><ul><li>Number of certified teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Curricula and textbooks for Mandarin Chinese </li></ul><ul><li>National perception of the need for foreign language learning </li></ul>
    7. 7. Criteria for an effective Chinese language teacher <ul><ul><li>Solid background in Mandarin </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Well-versed in American foreign language pedagogy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Skilled in managing students in a U.S. classroom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Certified or willing to pursue certification and continuing professional development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Willing to work with the school and community at large </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Proficient in English </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Support for Languages <ul><li>American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and their guidance with standards </li></ul><ul><li>College Board: language exams </li></ul><ul><li>National Security Language Initiative NSLI </li></ul><ul><li>National Security Education Program NSEP - Language Flagships. </li></ul>
    9. 10. Professional Support
    10. 11. <ul><li>World Languages Institute </li></ul><ul><li>Graduate School of Education </li></ul><ul><li>Department of Asian Languages and Cultures </li></ul>Chinese Language Initiatives in Response to the Critical Needs of the Global Marketplace
    11. 12. The World Languages Institute Accelerated Chinese Language Teacher Certification Program
    12. 13. The WLI Accelerated Chinese Language Teacher Certification Program offers: <ul><li>State-approved courses in pedagogy, methodology, Chinese linguistics and literature. </li></ul><ul><li>Intensive day and evening courses taught by highly qualified faculty and experts in the field. </li></ul><ul><li>Fulfillment of K-12 Certificate of Eligibility requirements in as few as two summers. </li></ul>
    13. 14. Course Offerings in the Summer <ul><li>Methods of Foreign Language Teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Technology in the World Language Class </li></ul><ul><li>Theories of Second Language Acquisition </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced Topics in Chinese Language and Linguistics </li></ul><ul><li>Chinese Across the Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Practicum in Language Education </li></ul><ul><li>Chinese Poetry </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced Chinese </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grammar </li></ul></ul>
    14. 15. The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures Master of Arts for Teachers <ul><li>“ This program is designed for those already teaching Chinese and those interested in pursuing a career related to Chinese language and culture teaching. Undergraduates majoring in Chinese or related fields intending to teach Chinese may wish to augment their B.A. with this degree.” </li></ul>Excerpted from the departmental website
    15. 16. Graduate School of Education Chinese Language Teacher Training <ul><li>Traditional two-year Master’s Degree (Ed.M.) and Certification Programs (45 credits) </li></ul><ul><li>Alternate Route Program (19 credits)* </li></ul>
    16. 17. Practicum in Language Education <ul><li>This GSE course was conducted at the Highland Park Summer Camp followed by a student summer program sponsored by Princeton and West Windsor-Plainsboro K-12 school districts. It was funded by grants from the Freeman Foundation and STARTALK. </li></ul>
    17. 18. What does a standards-based Chinese class look like Now?
    18. 19. Keys for Preparing Standards-Based Teachers <ul><li>K-12 collaboration which models best practice; </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher candidates have the opportunity to observe, practice with REAL K-12 students, and reflect; </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher candidates receive feedback and guidance; </li></ul>
    19. 20. Keys for Preparing Standards-Based Teachers <ul><li>Teacher candidates receive on-going guided support and opportunities to reflect; </li></ul><ul><li>Programs are adequately funded for teacher support, materials, and teacher candidate scholarships; and </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher candidates learn that becoming a teacher is a life-long process. </li></ul>
    20. 21. NJ Chinese Teacher Roundtable
    21. 22. NJ Chinese Teacher Roundtable was initiated by <ul><li>Rutgers University </li></ul><ul><li>Summit Public Schools </li></ul><ul><li>Livingston Public Schools </li></ul>Team Building Brainstorming
    22. 23. Chinese Class Net Platform NJ Chinese Learning Community
    23. 25. Objectives <ul><li>Improve and expand the existing Chinese programs </li></ul><ul><li>Develop curriculum models to inform and improve instruction in Chinese </li></ul><ul><li>Support ongoing Chinese teacher professional development, including peer coaching and mentoring. </li></ul>
    24. 26. High School Team <ul><li>Monmouth County </li></ul><ul><li>H. Rebecca Wang, Rumson-Fair Haven HS </li></ul><ul><li>Essex County </li></ul><ul><li>Yajing Li and Eileen Quirk, West Orange HS </li></ul><ul><li>Lucy Lee, Livingston High School </li></ul>
    25. 27. Middle School Team <ul><li>Union County </li></ul><ul><li>Joan Lu, Summit Public Schools </li></ul><ul><li>Mercer County </li></ul><ul><li>Susan Hsueh,West-Windsor-Plainsboro PS </li></ul><ul><li>Essex County </li></ul><ul><li>Yun Abernathy, Liberty Middle School </li></ul>
    26. 28. Elementary School Team <ul><li>Mercer County </li></ul><ul><li>Jume Shen, Village Elementary School </li></ul><ul><li>Essex County </li></ul><ul><li>Vicky Chang, Nishuane Elementary School </li></ul>
    27. 29. FACILITATOR/ MENTORS <ul><li>Rosanne Zeppieri (High School Team ), </li></ul><ul><li>West-Windsor-Plainsboro PS </li></ul><ul><li>  Leslie Zimring (Middle School Team ) </li></ul><ul><li>Summit School District </li></ul><ul><li>  Janice Dowd (Elementary School Team) , Teaneck Public Schools (Retired) </li></ul>
    28. 30. Can students transfer what they have learned to a real life task? What is the difference between what they “know” and what they “can do”? Something for Chinese teachers to think about… What can we ask our students to find out if they GOT it?
    29. 31. • Local Chinese communities • Weekend Chinese heritage schools • University/Colleges • State-wide world languages teacher’s association Recruitment Build Regional/Local Contact
    30. 32. <ul><li>CLASS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools </li></ul></ul><ul><li>CLTA </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chinese Language Teacher’s Association </li></ul></ul><ul><li>ACTFL </li></ul><ul><ul><li>American Council on the Teaching of Foreign languages </li></ul></ul>Connection to Chinese Teachers Network Supporting Chinese Teachers
    31. 33. Professional Development Opportunities for Chinese Teachers <ul><li>CLASS sponsored summer programs in China and Taiwan </li></ul><ul><li>ACTFL Conference </li></ul><ul><li>STARTALK Programs </li></ul><ul><li>AP Summer Institutes </li></ul><ul><li>ACC/CLASS Fulbright Study Abroad for Non-Native Speaker of Chinese Teachers </li></ul>
    32. 34. Resources for Building Chinese Language Programs http://askasia.org/Chinese
    33. 35. http://www.nflc.org/projects/ Use Online or Download the lessons Read Chinese! - 35 Chinese lessons at ACTFL level Novice-low 20 Chinese lessons at ACTFL level Novice-mid
    34. 36. <ul><li>Look for opportunities for your students to study Chinese in the summer. </li></ul><ul><li>www.nflc.org and follow the link to STARTALK </li></ul>
    35. 37. http://internationaled.org http://AskAsia.org/Chinese
    36. 38. Monthly Electronic Newsletters: Chinese and International Ed
    37. 39. http://www.nflc.org/projects/ Use Online or Download the lessons Read Chinese! - 35 Chinese lessons at ACTFL level Novice-low 20 Chinese lessons at ACTFL level Novice-mid
    38. 40. <ul><li>十年树木,百年树人 </li></ul><ul><li>Ten years to grow a tree; </li></ul><ul><li>One hundred years to </li></ul><ul><li>grow a people . </li></ul>
    39. 41. <ul><li>Teach your heart out! </li></ul><ul><li>一心一意教汉语 </li></ul>
    40. 42. Contact for more info <ul><li>全美 中小學中文教師 協會 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>WWW. CLASSk12.org </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lucy C. Lee 竹露茜 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>lleeclass@gmail.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Livingston High School, New Jersey </li></ul></ul>
    41. 43. 謝謝! Thank you! 谢 谢!

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