U.S.-China Institute at Bryant University

Bryant Chinese Language Teacher Summer Training Program 

Dates: July 11 and 12, 2013

Location: Bryant University, Smithfield, Rhode Island

This two-day summer training program is organized by the U.S.-China Institute and Confucius Institute at Bryant University for current Chinese language teachers (from public, private and heritage schools) and anyone who is interested in becoming a Chinese language teacher. The program focuses on certain key aspects in teaching Chinese, including national initiatives, student-centered instruction, curriculum and textbooks, using technology and certification process.

The program offers 12 hours of professional development credits and $100 allowance for book purchase when participants submit two required lesson plans and completed surveys.

Agenda (tentative)

Thursday, July 11

Registration and breakfast

Welcome Remarks
Hong Yang, Ph.D., Vice President for International Affairs, Bryant University

Seminar: Shifting to Student-Centered Instruction in Alignment with National Initiatives
Yu-Lan Lin, Ph.D., Senior Program Director of World Languages, Boston Public Schools

Workshops: How to Obtain Chinese Teaching License
Rhode Island case: Jia Xie, Chinese Teacher, Barrington Public Schools, RI
Massachusetts case: Roger Liu, Mandarin Chinese Teacher, Wayland Public Schools, MA

Lunch provided, networking and library tour

Workshops: How to Choose and Adapt Textbooks for Curriculum
Jing Xu, Lecturer of Chinese, Providence College
Xingyu Meng, Ph.D., Visiting Teacher, Confucius Institute at Bryant University

Resource: Master of Art in Teaching Program at Bryant University
Dr. Donald HOLDER, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Bryant University

Homework: Textbook Evaluation

Friday, July 12

Registration and breakfast

Workshop: Learning Chinese through TPR and Games
Judith Weidenbacher, Chinese Enrichment Teacher, St. Joseph School, West Warwick, RI

Workshop: Learning through Singing Chinese Songs
Xiaoxia RAO, Chinese Teacher, Sharon Chinese School, MA

Seminar: Using Technology to Teach Chinese
Yanyu Zeng, Chinese Lecturer, Sparta School District, New Jersey

Lunch provided, networking

Workshop: Teach Taiji in Chinese Classes
Prof. Kai HU, Department of Physical Education, China University of Geosciences (Wuhan)

Workshop: Special Topics in Curriculum Design: Backward Design
Minli LUSHER, Chinese Teacher, Bishop Feehan High School, Attleboro, MA

Workshops: Teaching Demonstrations (by experienced teachers)

Resources for Teachers at Bryant University
Kongli LIU, Assistant Director, U.S.-China Institute, Bryant University      

Surveys #1 and #2, Training Certificate

Dinner provided

Networking and Karaoke in Cranston, RI (optional)

Homework: Survey#3 and Two Lesson Plans

Registration (The Program is FULL now!)

Eligibility: Current Chinese language teachers from public, private and heritage schools, or anyone who is interested in becoming a Chinese language teacher. Teaching experience is NOT required. Proficiency in Mandarin Chinese is required.

The registration fee is $20 (non-refundable).

Note: This program is a non-residential program. Housing is not available.