This session will focus on two main areas: 1) Best practices in the Pre-AP® Chinese Language and Culture classroom; 2) improving student performance on written presentational tasks using Understanding by Design in the AP® Chinese classroom. Participants will explore appropriate pre-AP activities that can be incorporated into lower-level Chinese language classes to effectively acquaint students with and prepare them for the goals and expectations of the AP Chinese Language and Culture course. Moreover, based on the concepts of Understanding by Design, participants will learn how to develop effective instructional strategies for written presentational tasks and how to assess students’ written responses in order to improve overall students performance in the AP Chinese classroom. The session will also invite interaction with attendees and will conclude with a question-and-answer period.
Lisa Podbilski is the World Language Department Chair and Upper School Chinese teacher at Louisville Collegiate School in Kentucky. She is in her 15th year of teaching Chinese and is the co-chair of the AP Chinese Language and Culture Development Committee. She is also currently servicing on the Board of Directors for the Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools (CLASS).
Lili Wong: As the first Chinese teacher in Central California since 1991, Lili has strong commitment to promoting Chinese language in the Central Valley of California and bringing forth the interest and attention of Chinese culture to her community. Lili earned her B.A. in English from Fu-Jen University in Taiwan and M.A. in Linguistics from California State University, Fresno. She has a Professional Clear Single Subject Credential in Chinese, a Professional Clear Multiple Subject Credential, a SDAIE Certificate (Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English), and a CLAD Certificate (Cross-cultural Language And Academic Development). Lili has been a teacher in Clovis West High School, Buchanan High School and Clovis Community College in California since 1991. Lili has also served as one of the Scoring Leaders in AP Reading since the launch of AP Chinese Exam in 2006. She is currently a Member of AP Chinese Language and Culture Committee.