On September 30, 2017, Chinese Language Teachers Association-WA (CLTA-WA) held a successful workshop on Developing Effective Lesson Plans for Chinese Language Teaching at the Odegaard Undergraduate Library of the University of Washington.
The workshop was co-sponsored by the East Asia Center of UW, the Department of Asian Languages and Literature of UW, and the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington.
Nyan-Ping Bi , the workshop presenter, is the principal lecturer in Chinese language at the University of Washington and the 2016 UW distinguished teaching award winner. She is experienced in teaching Mandarin Chinese at all levels of proficiency and teacher training. Her recent publications include the 4th Edition of Integrated Chinese 中文听说读写 (co-authored) and Teaching Chinese as a Second Language: Curriculum Design & Instruction 课程设计与教学实例 (co-edited). The workshop opened with detailed breakdown of how to succeed with developing effective lesson plans. Bi answered questions with specific examples and gave participants hands-on practice. Workshop participants were grouped based on their choices of language standards, such as ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines, AP Chinese scoring guidelines, IB Chinese guidelines, textbook guidelines, and requirements set by schools or school districts. The workshop venue that the East Asia Center and the Department of Asian Languages and Literature sponsored was an active learning classroom fully equipped with the highest level of presentation and collaboration technology enabling participants to share multimedia and collaborate in groups or as a whole. Each group chose a topic and worked out an effective lesson plan under the guidance of the presenter. The workshop finished up with an intense discussion about the lesson plans all groups shared.
Workshop participants found the workshop very useful and effective in increasing their understanding of lesson planning. They would like to explore those ideas that shared at the workshop further in the future. The workshop was well attended by 36 participants, including the Chinese director of the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington, Wenqiu Wang.