Confucius Institute at University of Central Arkansas ( UCACI) held 2015 Arkansas Chinese Teaching Workshop from March 13th to 14th. Twenty two Chinese teachers including Hanban teachers and local teachers attended the workshop.
Dr. Guo-ou Zhuang, Director of UCACI gave an opening remark at the workshop. He talked about the development of “Teach in Arkansas” program, which is in partnership with Arkansas Education Department and school districts, and its contribution to the Arkansas Chinese teaching and the localization of Chinese teachers. He encouraged teachers to promote Chinese program in school districts and integrate Chinese learning in secondary education into Chinese course in higher education. While emphasizing the importance of Chinese teacher’s culture adaption and teaching improvement, he expected teachers to have a sense of crisis, meeting the challenge and seizing the opportunity in promoting the Chinese program.
The workshop included experience sharing, group discussion and teaching presentation. First, experienced local teachers gave talks about project- based Chinese class, teaching strategies, classroom management, etc. Afterwards, Chinese teachers were divided into two groups and began to have further discussions about their issues in teaching Chinese. The most discussed issues are class management, differentiation of teaching, promotion of Chinese program and efficient communication with students, school administrators and parents. Teachers shared their experience and recommended teaching tools and materials, exchanging ideas and learning from each other.
On the second day workshop, Dr. Jiazhu, from Department of the World Languages, Literatures and Culture at UCA gave a talk on integrating culture teaching into Chinese class. Then, Hanban teachers teaching in school districts share their experience from their classes.
Teachers all find the workshop very helpful through discussing and sharing with each others, from which they learn the effective teaching procedures and course designs and the way to fit their teaching into the Arkansas foreign language framework. They hope there will be more workshops in the future to improve their teaching skill, to be more efficient in promoting the Chinese program and at the same time to get their own personal and professional development