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

8:30-9:00        
Registration and breakfast

9:00-9:10       
Welcome Remarks
Hong Yang, Ph.D., Vice President for International Affairs, Bryant University

9:10-11:00     
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

11:10-12:00    
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

12:00-1:30      
Lunch provided, networking and library tour

1:30-3:15        
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

3:15-3:30
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

8:30-9:00       
Registration and breakfast

9:00-9:30
Workshop: Learning Chinese through TPR and Games
Judith Weidenbacher, Chinese Enrichment Teacher, St. Joseph School, West Warwick, RI

9:30-10:00
Workshop: Learning through Singing Chinese Songs
Xiaoxia RAO, Chinese Teacher, Sharon Chinese School, MA

10:10-12:00    
Seminar: Using Technology to Teach Chinese
Yanyu Zeng, Chinese Lecturer, Sparta School District, New Jersey

12:00-1:00      
Lunch provided, networking

1:00-2:00
Workshop: Teach Taiji in Chinese Classes
Prof. Kai HU, Department of Physical Education, China University of Geosciences (Wuhan)

2:30-3:00
Workshop: Special Topics in Curriculum Design: Backward Design
Minli LUSHER, Chinese Teacher, Bishop Feehan High School, Attleboro, MA

3:00-4:30
Workshops: Teaching Demonstrations (by experienced teachers)

4:30-4:45
Resources for Teachers at Bryant University
Kongli LIU, Assistant Director, U.S.-China Institute, Bryant University      

4:45-5:00
Surveys #1 and #2, Training Certificate

5:00
Dinner provided

6:30
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.