It’s a beautiful day in the State of Washington, and a beautiful day for conversation! And what better day for CLTA-WA to announce the launching of our blg space! This blog is intended to be a forum for conversation and exchange of ideas, experience, resource sharing, comments, saying nihao, etc. In another word, a place for those of us who are interested in promoting quality Chinese education in general and in Washington State in particular. Come join the conversation! Hope to see you soon and see you frequently!
Visit our website: www.clta-wa.org
Check out our development history: Chinese Language Core Team: http://www.internationaledwa.org/chinese/coreteam.htm
Chinese Language Teachers Network Washington: http://www2.ups.edu/faculty/perry/CLTN/About_CLTN.htm
Our wiki page: http://clta-wa.wikispaces.com/
CLTA-WA invites qualified individuals to apply for consideration to serve on the Board of Directors
THREE board seats are open for nomination.
Nomination opens on March 12, 2017, closes on March 25, 2017
Please note that CLTA-WA board members need to
• be a CLTA-WA member in good standing as of March 25, 2017
• possess necessary qualities and skills and be willing to perform the duties as described in the attached document Board-position-and-duties
• serve a three-year term
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Once the nomination is closed, our nomination committee will contact candidates to submit the following by April 1, 2017:
• resume and statement of intent
Review of application will be completed by April 7, 2017. A list of best qualified candidates will be put forth for the whole membership to vote and the voting will run from April 9, 2017 until April 23, 2017. New board members will be announced on May 3, 2017.
2017 Spring Workshop & Open House
On March 4th, CLTA-WA hosted a successful 2017 Spring Workshop & Open House.
Shunmei Zhu and Min Wang Laoshi from Naselle Grays River Valley School demonstrated how they used differentiated strategies in whole group mini lesson and small group instruction settings to teach reading and grammar based on student levels and individual needs. Ching-Hsien Shu Laoshi from Cleveland High School also gave a wonderful presentation that focused on the principles and execution of TPRS. She demonstrated her strategies by leading a TPRS session on a chosen topic that follows the steps and command unique to TPRS. CLTA-WA’s advisor, Lotus Perry Laoshi, not only helped with hosting, but presented the history, techniques, almost everything teachers should know about the tea culture.
Thank you very much to our presenters for their generous sharing of expertise and experience. We were also grateful to our participants for their coming and learning together.
See you next time!
Check out the slides here.
Please check out the Power Point for Sarah Yao’s great sharing. Thank you, Sarah!
If you are also interested in applying for CLTA-WA’s professional development grant, please see members’ benefits.
CLTA-WA just held a successful workshop on Sunday November 6 at University of Washington.
The presenters were Paloma Borreguero, Dr. Debbie Bensadon and Debby Heath, from Lakeside School, Seattle. They presented a variety of activities that take into consideration the different learning styles of students and exploited their different intelligence.
Although today’s attendees varied from Chinese teachers, French teachers to Spanish teachers, they worked together and created a lot of activities that work for all the language classrooms to enhance the acquisition of vocabulary for students with diverse learning styles.
Presenters’ power point slides will be shared with the attendees exclusively. We would strongly encourage you to attend our next workshop in March.
Our advisor, Nyan-Ping Bi, gave a wonderful workshop on Teaching Writing: Instructional Scaffolding and Lesson Planning at UW on September 17th, 2016.
The workshop first helped its participants examine what criteria should be considered when designing writing lessons. Secondly, it facilitated participants in developing a road map that monitors their planning and implementation when teaching writing.
Our participants spoke highly of this workshop and shared some of their feedback below:
* (Presenter) demonstrated how a writing lesson plan could be conducted and relevant to students’ life & levels
* Hands on activities & very detailed explanation
* Fast paced, specific and precise
* Ask the teacher to act as students and act out the task delivered by the presenter
* Practical & useful
* It is very clear for guiding teachers to know the instruction of writing
* Hands on activities and evaluating different paragraphs
* Practical teaching that we can apply in our classroom
* Student centered, collaboration
* The workshop itself is a great demonstration of effective teaching
* The instructor guided the attendees the ways to teach writing by exploring and actively learning the methods
CLTA-WA held a summer workshop successfully at Uprep on August 21st. Our presenter, Kristie Bennett, shared the latest tools and tips that she had encountered that can be applied in our classrooms. The presentation offered a brief overview of numerous different tools available to teachers to provide as many options as possible to foster further discussion. A brainstorming session followed the presentation. Participants broke into small groups to brainstorm ways they could apply the technologies and tools presented in their own classroom. By engaging in conversation with their colleagues, they got a range of perspectives and unique ideas, further prompting their own creativity and inspiring them to try new things in their classrooms.
CLTA-WA also provided free textbooks, flashcards, reading materials and teaching props to our participants.
We would like to wish everyone a wonderful new school year!
We had a great Project-based Learning special summer workshop on June 26th!
Please find the Why PBL Wu Jing Laoshi has shared.
2016年6月26日星期天，是一个风和日丽的夏日， 也是一个出游的好日子。 可是华盛顿州中文教师学会的许多老师却放弃休息及和家人朋友团聚的好时光， 聚集在该会创始人之一的洪春满老师家中听吴静老师有关“项目学习与中文课堂教学的实践” 的讲座。吴老师是北京国际学校的资深中文老师，她对课程设计，课堂教学及科技在语言教学中的运用都颇有经验和心得，在座的老师们认真听讲， 积极发问， 热烈讨论，收获良多。 洪老师不仅提供温馨的家作为此次活动的场地， 而且准备了食物和饮料。 大家欢聚一堂， 交流切磋， 互相学习，为华盛顿州的中文教育和发展努力。
(Photo by Alice Flores)
The CLTA-WA board just held its annual board retreat & June board meeting on June 26, 2016 in Chunman Laoshi’s beautiful house. After the by-laws familiarization and the new member orientation, the CLTA-WA board and its members brainstormed CLTA-WA’s vision & tasks, as well as discussed the next steps in the upcoming 2016-2017. There was also a small PBL workshop in the afternoon. Wu Jing, the presenter, is from the International School of Beijing. She shared the tested and proven very successful authentic PBL that she and her partners made with us.
The whole day went by so fast, but was an absolute blast!
(Photo by Alice Flores)
Last Thursday, Sarah Yao, our Networking & Advocacy Committee member, hosted a hike with CLTA-WA members at Poo Poo Point to celebrate the start of summer. They hit the trail well prepared and paused for taking pictures of beautiful flowers. It was a short steep hike but with big rewards on the top. Everyone enjoyed the breathtaking views on the top! After the good workout, they had lunch in Yea’s Wok, one of the best Chinese restaurants. There was also some good creative discussion about teaching. We can’t wait to try their creations!
There will be more CLTA-WA networking events coming up. Stay tuned for details.
Recipient of “Distinguished Teaching Award”
Dear CLTA-WA community,
I had the immense pleasure and honor today to sit in the 46th Award of Excellence Ceremony today at the University of Washington. Please allow me the great pleasure to share this very exciting news and invite you to join me in extending a big shout out and congratulations to our Board Advisor, Nyan-Ping Bi of the Asian Language and Literature Department at the University of Washington. Bi Laowhi was one of the 7 outstanding recipients of the “Distinguished Teaching Award” recognized and honored at the ceremony today. Recipient of “Distinguished Teaching Award”
When introducing Bi Laoshi to the guests today, the UW provost pointed out that Bi Laoshi’s classes are extremely engaging and she effectively gets her students to learn the Chinese language well, so much so, among her accomplished students, one is now engaged in selling Washington State wine to China! He also shared that students had said that a litmus test of a good teacher is asking if one would want one’s children to be taught by this teacher. Without doubt or reservation, the answer to whether one would choose to have Bi Laoshi as teacher to one’s children is a resounding Yes!
Many of you, like me, have had the good fortune of learning from and being inspired by Bi Laoshi’s expertise and professional excellence in the field of Teaching Chinese as A Foreign Language. We have been gifted by her immense generosity in sharing her wealth of knowledge and skills in pedagogical practices and instructional strategies. We also benefited greatly from her engaging public service in connecting our community with the services and support of the East Asia Center of the University of Washington, in organizing AP workshops, and in serving in the Education Advisory Board of the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington. As one of the principle authors of Integrated Chinese textbook series, and an officer in the AP Chinese Assessment team, Bi Laoshi also personally leads many workshops in local and national conferences as well as hosts webinars for the benefit of the Chinese teaching and learning communities. I am always touched by her energy, expertise, dedication and generosity in sharing and helping teachers of Chinese to advance professional skills, especially in her role as advisor to CLTA-WA.
We, at CLTA-WA, are truly fortunate and proud to have Bi Laoshi as our advisor. We offer our sincere congratulations to Bi Laoshi for her accomplishment and shall draw inspiration from her exemplary role as a Chinese teaching professional and a caring individual with a big heart in the community.