UCACI successfully held 2015 Arkansas Chinese Teachers Workshop

Confucius Institute at the University of Central Arkansas (UCACI) held 2015 Arkansas Chinese Teachers Workshop from Oct. 9th to 10th in Little Rock. Dr. Frank Lixing Tang, professor and foreign language education specialist from New York University was invited as a keynote speaker to give a presentation at the workshop and Ms. Xuan Wang, NYU alumni and local Chinese teacher from Sidwell Friends School, Washington D. C. was also invited to share her teaching experience with Arkansas Chinese teachers. Dr. Guo-ou Zhuang, Director of UCACI, Dr. Lucy Xiaohong Lu, Deputy Director of UCACI, Hanban teachers and local teachers attended the workshop.

On the first day, Prof. Tang gave a lecture on “Becoming Master Teacher and Teacher Leader”. He elaborated on how to develop from an effective teacher to master teacher and to teacher leader with vivid cases and explained what qualifications a master teacher and a teacher leader should have. After this, the local teachers shared their experience in teaching and classroom management.  The lecture and experience sharing inspired Hanban teachers to discuss their success, failure and confusion in Chinese teaching.

On the second day, the guest speaker Ms. Xuan Wang gave a talk on TPRS, Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling. She introduced the definition and procedure of TPRS and demonstrated how she applied TPRS in her classroom.

After the workshop, Prof. Tang commented “The major feature of Chinese teachers in Arkansas is that they are willing to share, to think and to inquire, and these features will ensure that they can go further in their teaching”.

As an old saying goes “As one piece of fuel is consumed, the flame passes to another. The torch of learning is passed on from teachers to students and from generation to generation.” The torch of teaching Chinese has been passed on from experienced teachers to new teachers. Every teacher present hoped to apply what they learned in the workshop in their future teaching.