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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

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2019 WAFLT Fall Conference Recap

2019年10月11日至12日,2019 WAFLT秋季会议 在Spokane召开。 WAFLT (Washington Association for Language Teaching)是华盛顿州K-16外语教师的最大组织,包括西班牙语、法语、德语、中文、日语等各个语种的外语教师和外语研究人员。每年的秋季会议是华州外语界最重要的交流机会。本次WAFLT会议共有七位中文老师在会议中做了精彩的演讲和活动分享。

今年,CLTA-WA会员葛春清 (Tracy Ge)老师获得2019 WAFLT Creative Innovation Award。这是继去年CLTA-WA会员江凌欧 (Zoe Jiang)老师获得2018 WAFLT Language Teacher of the Year又一好消息!

葛春清老师自2008先后在Newport High School, Tyee Middle School, Tillicum Middle School, Sammamish High School任教,并担任三届CLTA-WA理事会成员。葛老师致力于教学改革和创新,支持鼓励新老师,多年来为华盛顿州外语教育做出杰出贡献。祝贺葛老师获得殊荣!

(作者:Jingran Wan)

2019 Spokane Regional Workshop Recap

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本学会于2019年8月24日星期六在东华盛顿大学斯波坎校区举办另一场夏季的中文教学研讨会。本次的研习会由华盛顿州中文教师学会主办,华盛顿州孔子学院(CIWA),美国中文教师学会(CLTA-USA) , 华盛顿州语言教学协会(WAFLT) 、东华盛顿大学现代语言及文学系(MLL)联合协办。此次在斯波坎研讨会有别于以往的进行模式,我们由三个小时延长至六个小时,让参与的主讲老师可以更深入的介绍不同的主题,也让参与的老师有更多的机会可以互动交流。我们也首次的结合Zoom视频会议,让其他华州及外州的老师也可以即时地上网跟现场老师一起研讨。

当天的讲座分为上午和下午两个时段,早上时段是由在Sammamish的天际高中(Skyline High School)从事汉语教学,同时也是2018年盛顿州语言教学协会(WAFLT)年度教师的获奖人,江凌欧老师主讲“你不知道的101 个中华文化教学点子”(101 Things You don’t know about Teaching Chinese Culture)。江老师介绍许多代表性的文化活动例如茶艺、饮食、舞蹈、功夫以外,也很有系统地带领着老师们依照每个月的重大节庆分享她所设计文化课堂活动和实际执行的细节。与会的老师们学习到了许多如何将文化活动结合美术、文学、科学、数学、人文社会等科目,来引导学生学习不同层面的文化,进而培养学生跨文化的意识和交流能力。江老师也应与会老师们的要求,教导大家如何制作使用简单的素材制作印章,  现场的老师们都非常喜欢这个有趣又有创意的活动。最后江老师也提醒老师们不只确实地在将文化结合在语言教学的课堂中当中,她也鼓励老师们做一位文化的传播者,把文化活动拓展到整个学校、社区、甚至到学区,让更多人有机会认识我们的文化。

下午的时段是由三位教学丰富的老师带领大家讨论学习。首先由在奥德中学(Odle Middle School) 的教授中文的万静然老师分享如何在中文课堂里使用 “庇护教学模式(Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol/SIOP)”,万老师透过实际的教学例子,引导现场及网上的老师一起探讨如何将SIOP的八个设计要素:“备课”、“建立背景知识”、“可理解输入”、“学习策略”、“互动”、“练习和运用”、“课程教学”、及“复习/评量”的概念应用在我们的教学中,让我们的语言教学更有效。在学习完SIOP 教学模式后,与会的老师们跟侯欢美老师一起体验“游戏”在语言教学的重要性, 侯老师结合她在ESL 和中文教学的经验,邀请大家玩“猜谜语”、“心脏病”游戏、和“纸卡游戏”。与会的老师玩得都很尽兴, 也分享如何透过类似的游戏来提供学生一个真实的语境达到学习语言的成效。最后的一场讲座是洪璐斯老师主讲的“回馈和动机”,她探讨了师生之间互相给的回馈影响我们的教学和学生学习的动机,这个主题引发了许多老师热烈的讨论,洪老师分享了她切身的教学例子,并提供许多如何跟学生建立信任、和谐的关的建议,她强调老师们对学生的重视及关怀,是给学生正向回馈的基本。

此次的四个讲座内容包含文化教学、有研究证实效率的”庇护教学模式“ (SIOP)、利用游戏的教学技巧和教学策略中的如何利用学生回馈鼓励学习动机,让参加活动的老师们可以学习到不同的教学层面。下面是几位现场和Zoom参与老师对此次活动的回馈:

“Very practical and insightful”
“Learned a lot today. Thank you.”
“ 非常感谢所有老师的讲座,学到很多知识和启发!希望有更多的讲座”

教学是一门科学, 也是一门艺术,希望我们能透过CLTA-WA提供的平台,继续交流学习。感谢所有参与的老师及所有在幕后筹备的理事会员们,让我们一起在中文教学努力!(作者:林秋杏/ Chiu-Hsin Lin)

2019 Summer Workshop Recap

华盛顿州中文教师学会于2019年8月17日在美丽的华盛顿大学(University of Washington)举行了一场别开生面的夏季教学研讨会。本次教学研讨会是由华盛顿州中文教师学会(CLTA-WA)主办,华盛顿州孔子学院(CIWA)、亚洲协会(Asia Society)和华盛顿大学东亚中心(East Asia Center, UW)协办。

这次教学研讨活动特邀了在美国中文教育界享誉盛名的吴威玲老师作为主讲、贝尔维尤学区景美小学的孙希老师作为副讲。吴老师在美国有25年的中文教学经验,退休后一直致力于中文教师培训的工作。在六个小时的教学研讨活动中,吴老师围绕着Go Real: Creating Relevant and Engaging Learning Experiences for k-12 Chinese Language Learners 进行了深入浅出的讲解,吴老师的讲解生动有趣、诙谐幽默, 活动现场的氛围十分活跃、笑声不断。与会老师们不仅深受鼓舞,而且内在的活力也被无限激发出来。“激发活力” 是吴老师鼓励大家在课堂上要达到的效果,这个词贯穿着整个教学研讨活动之中,同时吴老师以理论联系实际,再加上孙老师实例教学的生动配合,老师们感到收获满满、受益匪浅。孔院黄东梅院长也莅临现场。专程从纽约赶来的亚洲协会副主任花木兰老师和高级助理祝艺玮老师的到来更使整个活动锦上添花。

这次教学研讨会共有34名在华州从事教育的同仁们前来参加,包括从小学到高中以及中文学校的校长老师们。诸多老师放弃了暑假和家人旅游、休息的机会前来参加这次夏季教学研讨活动,大家共聚一堂,互动交流和探讨教学心得,收获颇丰。很多老师都表示,吴老师和孙老师的讲座深入浅出,介绍的课堂活动和技巧灵活实用,提供的教学资源丰富多彩。参加活动的老师们都对华州中文教师学会能组织如此精彩的教学研讨活动表示非常感激,并提出希望以后能经常举办类似的活动,为华州的中文教学发展提供一个良好的交流和学习的平台。(作者:葛春清/ By Chunqing Ge)

Congratulations to New Board Members!

CLTA-WA would like to congratulate yhe newly elected 2019-2012 board members: Yushen Liu, Chiu-Hsin Lin, Dongmei Wang, and April Yanfei Cao.

Let’s also congratulate our new Vice President, Jingran Wan! She will serve as a Vice President this year, beginning July 1 and President next year.

2019 Spring Workshop Recap

2019年春季工作坊回顾

华盛顿州中文教师学会于2019年4月13日在西部学校(Westside School)举办的春季工作坊圆满成功。本次工作坊由华盛顿州中文教师学会主办,华盛顿州孔子学院(CIWA)、华盛顿州语言教学协会(WAFLT), 和西部学校联合协办。

此次工作坊由目前在加州库比蒂诺(Cupertino)弗里蒙特联盟高中学区(Fremont Union High School District)任职的金璎老师主讲。作为2018年美国外语教学委员会(ACTFL)年度教师奖的获得者,金老师有20多年的中美初中、高中、大学中文教学经验。在六小时的工作坊中,金璎老师介绍了一系列符合21世纪学习者需求的课堂活动。金老师用互动的方式介绍了各种课堂活动,播放了视频演示,带着在场的老师们一起体验了各种活动,展示了学生的样本,更给出了很多有用的教学技巧。

这次工作坊共有近50名教育工作者前来参加,甚至包括来自爱达荷州、俄勒冈州,和华盛顿州东部的老师们。老师们都对此次工作坊非常满意,也都表示收获良多。很多老师都表示,金老师的演讲深入浅出,介绍的活动和教学技巧非常实用,给出的教学资源也异常丰富。参加工作坊的老师们都对华州中文协会能组织如此精彩的工作坊表示感激。 (By Xi Sun)

Nominations for 2019-2022 New Board Members Are Open!

Dear members,

Are you interested in serving on the CLTA-WA board?  The positions and terms open are: Vice President (3 year commitment) and 4 board members (3 year term).  The Vice President (President-elect) serves the following year as CLTA-WA’s President.

For position descriptions, go to https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dyo9t4K2jAiHpqSEPQS1HQFdRtnmYDcG/view?usp=sharing

Applications for the 2019 board must be submitted on or before Sunday March 31, 2019. The election will take place from April 7, 2019 through April 28, 2019. We anticipate candidates will be notified of the outcome of the election no later than May 4, 2019.

If you are interested, please use the application link below.
https://goo.gl/forms/erO0VFalB017hosb2 

If you have any questions, please contact Lotus Perry or Zoe Jiang. We look forward to hearing from you!

Lotus Perry
2019 Nomination Committee Chair
Email:  perry@pugetsound.edu

Zoe Jiang
2018-2019 CLTA-WA President
Email: president@clta-wa.org

 

Betty Lau’s Article on ACTFL’s Bi-Month Magazine

Congratulations to Betty Lau. Her article, “City University of Seattle STARTALK- Teacher Certification Program: Leadership Incubator” on ACLTFL’s bi-month magazine, The Language Educator” (February/March 2019, Volume 14, Issue1) discusses the role of CLTA-WA in developing future teacher leaders. The article is available to all ACTFL members. 

 

Recap of 2019 Spring Network

CLTA-WA networking event on 2/19/2019 (元宵节)

Hostess: Meitsu Chuang-Mendel

Place: at Meitsu’s house

Time: 12pm-4pm

Participants: Jiang, Hong; Zhou,Feng; You, Haiyan; Liu, Yushen

Meitsu prepared hot pot and participants brought roasted duck, tangyuan (汤圆) and chips. It was a small group so we could have a deeper conversation and share some teaching tips. The following is the participants’ feedback:

“谢谢你今天花时间准备好吃的火锅,还送给我们这么多书,真是十分感谢。希望以后还有机会继续交流和学习。”

“谢谢你的美食和听力活动分享。大脑和肠胃收获都不小。我得把听力材料准备一下啦。”

“今天跟几位聊聊也很高兴。”

“感谢美足给我们提供了一个这么好的倾谈的机会!”

“美景,美食,良言,我要好好的回味……附上照片一张。感激和大家相聚的时刻!”

“谢谢美足老师的招待,跟各位老师聊完天真的是受益匪浅。”

2019 City University of Seattle Startalk Teacher Certification(1/29/19 Update)

Background: Startalk, funded by the National Security Agency (NSA), administered by the National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) at the University of Maryland, has goals to 1) increase the number of qualified teachers of Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Farsi, Hindi, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu; 2) increase numbers of students taking these languages; and 3) create infrastructure for curricula, materials and resources to support teaching/learning the critical languages (www.startalk.umd.edu).

What: City University of Seattle has 15 scholarships available for fluent speakers of Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Portuguese or Spanish to take coursework towards  Washington state teacher certification, subject to February 2019 Startalk Central grant award announcement and CityU and state changes.

How:Teacher candidates who qualify (pass required tests, interview/conversation) will be enrolled in CityU’s Alternative Route 2 or 3 or 4 teacher certification program on a first qualified, first scholarshipped basis).

Deadlines:

  • CityU Startalk Teacher Certification: until spaces filled or May 12
  • All tests taken no later than May 12, 2019, with official passing test scores received after that.

Schedule:  June 22-28 online; June 29-July 19 on-site, with July 4 off; 7:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. NOTE: Teacher candidates will have pre-program reading, online assignments; assignments outside of class time, and some assignment due dates beyond July 19.

  • June 22-28: Online program: online readings/videos; reflection papers due June 28
  • June 29 Workshop: Backwards Design, thematic unit and lesson planning
  • July 1 CityU orientation and first certification class begins
  • July 2, 3, 5 Certification classes, including lab school preparation
  • July 8-12 Morning lab school with afternoon certification class
  • July 15-17 Morning lab school with afternoon certification class
  • July 18 Last day morning lab school; continue certification class
  • July 19 Wrap up class activities, surveys, evaluations, certificates of summer completion

Where: Chong Wa Hall, 522 7thAve. S, Seattle Chinatown 98104

Teacher Candidate Pre-requisites to Receive a Startalk Scholarship:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in the U.S. or other country.
  2. Passing the WEST-B (Washington Educator’s Basic Skills Test) Reading, Writing and Math (nesinc.com). Substitutions: See website for more http://www.k12.wa.us/certification/Teacher/teachertesting.aspx.West B study materials: https://yvcc.instructure.com/courses/1568768/modules
  3. Passing Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, or Spanish ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPIc) and Writing Proficiency Test (WPT Internet) for world language teachers. Passing score: Advanced Low                                 http://www.languagetesting.com/oral-proficiency-interview-by-computer-opic
  4. Passing your choice of ONE of the following Alt Route endorsement areas:
  • Special Education (WEST-E 070) + Elementary Education NES 102 and NES 103; or Special Education + math (NES 203 or NES 204)
  • ELL(WEST-E 051)+ ELED I (NES 102) and ELED II (NES 103); or ELL plus math (NES 203 or NES 304)
  • Mid Grades Math: (NES 203): Passing NES 203 enables you to teach math 4th-9th Mid Grades Math does not include trigonometry and calculus.
  • Secondary Math (NES 304):Passing NES 304 enables you to teach math 5th-12th

Additional Information:

  • The Designated World Languages(WEST-E 100) test may be taken near the end of certification; passing it enables you to teach Chinese, Korean or Portuguese (fulfills Startalk Central Goal 1: increase numbers of teachers of critical languages).
  • Bachelor’s degrees from outside the U.S. need to be evaluated for equivalency. Below is one area evaluation agency:

Foundation for International Services
505  5th Avenue South, Suite 101
Edmonds, WA 98020
Phone: 425-248-2255

  • 80 hours teaching and/or tutoring or experience with children required.
  • Summer tuition scholarships available for qualifying candidates.
  • CityU Startalk cannot apply for visas or sign for those needing visas to participate in the CityU of Seattle Startalk Teacher Certification Program.
  • Limited number of vouchers available to cover the cost of WEST B testing.

Questions? Contact Betty Lau, CityU of Seattle Startalk director: laubetty@cityu.edu

Startalk Applicants:  1) Email your resume to Betty Lau.  2) Interviews will be arranged.