March 31st– April 1st, 2012—— The Third Annual Hanban Teacher Workshop was successfully held by the Confucius Institute from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.
Michael Rowland, the Public School Program Advisor of the Arkansas Department of Education, Dr. Guo-ou Zhuang, the Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Central Arkansas, Dr. Shoudong Feng, professor of Education from the University of Central Arkansas, Dr. Dong Xie, professor of Psychology from the University of Central Arkansas, Dr. Jia Zhu, professor from the World Languages department, and 16 Hanban Chinese teachers attended the workshop.
Michael Rowland delivered the keynote address at the workshop. On behalf of the Arkansas Department of Education, he expressed his heartfelt thanks to Hanban and the Confucius Institute for their support for the Teaching Chinese in Arkansas Program and lauded the success the program had during the previous year. Mr. Rowland was one of the administrators who went to China to interview new teaching applicants for the coming school year and understood that these Chinese teachers can have many difficulties during their two years in the state and commended their ability to cope. Dr. Guo-ou Zhuang, the Director of the Confucius Institute announced plans for the program’s future. The mentors from each school district appreciated the wonderful work of the Chinese teachers and expressed their desire to help build a supportive network between all the districts dealing with the Confucius Institute.
Six Chinese teachers working in different Arkansas public schools, as well as a long distance education center, gave brilliant demo classes, sharing their teaching resources and working experiences. Dr. Shoudong Feng gave a speech on integrating technology into lessons and helped these teachers analyze any problems they had in the classroom. Dr. Dong Xie gave a speech on the usage of coping skills and stress management in working and living in foreign countries.
All representatives appreciated the workshop in the process of promoting Teaching Chinese in Arkansas Program and looked forward to attend the workshop next year.