2015 DFW Chinese Language Teacher Workshop Successfully Held
August 15-16, 2015
On August 15th and 16th, in cooperation with the Consortium of Texas Chinese Language Institutes, the Confucius Institute at UT Dallas successfully held the 2015 Chinese Language Teacher Workshop in the Jonsson Performance Hall of UT Dallas. A total of 90 Chinese language teachers, including 75 from the Dallas Fort-Worth area and 15 from Oklahoma, attended the workshop.
The workshop was hosted by seven star teachers who are well-known in the DFW area for either their distinctive teaching methods from others’ or the distinguished achievements they have made in Chinese language teaching. During the one-and-half day workshop, Ms. Yu Hsin Lee from Carroll High School presented “Using Nearpod and Skritter to Assess Students’ Learning Outcomes;” Ms. Angelina Wu from Grapevine-Colleyville ISD presented “Gaming for Learning!: Quizizz;” Ms. Petra Lynch from Hockaday School presented “Voice Thread: Task-based Evaluation, Inspiring, Learning, Motivation;” Ms. Bei Chen from UT Dallas presented “How to Improve Learners’ Recognition and Memorization of Chinese Characters;” Dr. Lei Zhang and Ms. Easter Bao from St. Marks School of Texas respectively presented “How to Help Students with the Preparation for Chinese Bridge Competition” and “Using Authentic Materials in Daily Teaching;” and Ms. Li Liu from Ursuline Academy presented “How to Teach Students to do Chinese Crafts.” Five teachers from the Confucius Institute at Oklahoma University and Oklahoma Chinese Language Teachers’ Association shared the newest technology and resources in Chinese language teaching. They also introduced a new web platform developed by Beijing Normal University in China about how to compile Chinese language teaching materials. Every presentation was vivid, inspiring, practical, and useful. The teachers said that they had learned a lot from the workshop.
Every year since 2009, the Confucius Institute at UT Dallas holds a training workshop for Chinese language teachers to meet their needs for professional development and teaching requirements. So far, over 1200 teachers from DFW and surrounding areas have attended and benefited from the workshops.