On August 18, 2018, Chinese Language Teachers Association-WA (CLTA-WA) held a successful workshop on Making It Real: Speaking, Reading, and Grammar for Authentic Communication, at Westside School in Seattle. This workshop was led by Dr. Bridget Yaden, Professor of Hispanic Studies and Director of the Language Resource Center at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) in Tacoma, Washington, and was co-sponsored by the Chinese Language Teachers Association-USA (CLTA-USA) and the Washington Association for Language Teaching (WAFLT).
There were many topics covered during the workshop and the presenter, Dr. Bridget Yaden did an outstanding job of sharing her expertise with us. Participants explored examples of meaningful communication activities through hands-on experience in pairs, small groups, and as a whole group. They also learned how to access free resources for authentic communication through speaking and reading. As the Language Resource Center Director, Dr. Bridget Yaden shared many cutting edge websites and apps for a communicative classroom.
The workshop was well attended by 58 participants, including teachers representing many world languages. Everyone was very satisfied with the workshop and found the ideas and techniques informative and useful.
Startalk Teacher Certification Pre-requisites
1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college in the U.S. or other country.
2. Passing scores on the WEST B (Washington Educator’s Basic Skills Test) in Reading, Writing and Math (west.nesinc.com).
- Most find that 5 hours is not enough time to do all three tests.
- Past test takers recommend signing up for reading and math first and then taking the writing test in a separate session.
- Substitutions: C-BEST, SAT or ACT scores (see OSPI website)
- Startalk Requirement: Passing scores on the world language test: ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPIc) and the Writing Proficiency Test (WPT). Choose a Startalk language.
- Sign up for the OPIc if available; it’s more cost effective than asking for an in-person tester.
- In Washington state, passing is set at Advanced Low.
- Note: CityU requires passing one of the following in order to enroll in its alternate route certification program:
- Either ELL (WEST E 051), plus NES 102 and NES 103.Passing these tests will enable you to teach ELL P-12 and/or elementary grades K-8.
- Or Special Education (WEST E 070); passing this will enable you to teach SpEd P-12.
- Or Secondary Math (grades 6-12), NES 304
- Or Mid Grades Math (grades 5-9), NES 203. The difference is the Mid Grades Math test does not include trigonometry and calculus.
- Note: Passing NES 203 will enable you to teach math 5th-9thgrades; passing NES 304 will enable you to teach math 6th-12thgrades.
Other endorsements may be added near the end of certification, such as the Designated World Language (E 100) in order for you to teach a Startalk language.
Potential teacher candidates need to start taking the tests as soon as possible because of possibly needing to wait and re-take one or more of the above tests. The waiting period for a re-test is 45 days for the WEST B. And it takes up to six weeks for certain test scores to come in. Test Taking Deadline: May 1, 2019.
Questions? Contact Betty Lau, CityU Startalk director: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
2017 CLTA-WA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on Saturday, June 3, 2017, at the University Prep (8000 25th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115). This was an opportunity to say farewell to the outgoing CLTA-WA Board, get to know the new board members and learn about our plans for the new year, reflect and share ideas for the future of CLTA-WA, and network with other members.
We watched the slideshow — 2016-2017 review and appreciated the 16-17 board. New president gave remark & introduction of 17-18 board. Following that, we had a general members ice breaker and general members reflection & ideas for CLTA-WA. Three members shared teaching strategies and we had a cultural mini-workshops (Martial Art, Fan Dance, Who is the Undercover)
Please see below for members’ sharing.
Hong Jiang Quick Overview of the IB Program
Jeremy Smith CLTA – AGM 2016-17 Differentiation
Dongmei Wang Elementary
On behalf of the 2016-2017 CLTA-WA Board, I am pleased to announce the Vice President-elect and the Directors-elect for the 2017-18 CLTA-WA Board:
Vice President: Zoe Jiang
Directors: Yaqi Bick, Zoe Jiang, Jeremy Smith
The directors-elect will serve a 3-year term from 2017-2020, and the Vice President-elect will serve as President in 2018-19.
Congratulations! Thank-you to all the other candidates for their willingness to serve and thank-you to our members for voting!
CLTA-WA’s 2016 Annual General Meeting is on Saturday, June 3. Please save the date. Details about the AGM will be sent out later in May.
Hope to see you all there!
Xiaofeng Foster 潘晓峰
President, CLTA-WA 2016-2017
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
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