2019 Summer Workshop: Go Real: Creating Relevant and Engaging Learning Experiences for K-12 Chinese Language Learners @ Communications Building (CMU) 120, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Aug 17 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Time: August 17, 2019, 9:00am – 4:00pm w/ 1-hour lunch break @ 12:00pm (6 hours total)
Main Presenter: Dr. Wei-ling Wu, Independent Consultant
Co-presenter: Xi Sun, Chinese immersion program teacher
Target Audience: K – 12 Chinese Instructors
Location: Communications Building (CMU) 120, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Cost: Free for CLTA-WA members; $20.00 for non-members (CLTA-WA annual membership fee: $30.00 for July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020)

Going real in language instruction can fundamentally change the way we teach and dramatically improve learning outcomes for students. This workshop draws content from Asia Society (AS)’s professional development training. AS professional development training provides teachers with practical ways to make learning highly relevant and engaging in Chinese classrooms. The presenters will explore three overarching questions: 1) What is the essence of going real in language instruction? 2) How do we create relevant and engaging learning experiences for Chinese language learners? 3) How do we scaffold to improve students’ performance in communicative tasks? Participants will learn various communicative tasks and effective strategies that can be used for students of different ages and proficiency levels. They will be actively engaged in reviewing examples of classroom activities and the TEQ video lessons the AS has created. They will see how relevant and engaging learning makes a difference in our classrooms.

Session Schedule (The workshop will start promptly at 9:00am)
08:30-09:00    Sign in, networking
09:00-12:00    Session 1
12:00-13:00    Break and Announcements
13:00-15:30    Session 2
15:30-16:00    Evaluation and Wrap up

To Register:
(If clicking the link does not open the registration page, please copy and paste the link into your web browser to register. Registration deadline August-14-2019)

Direction to University of Washington:

UW Campus Map:

Please Note: 

  • 6 clock hours will be awarded to participants who attend the entire event from 09:00 to 16:00. No partial clock hours will be awarded. Please note the workshop will start promptly at 9:00.
  • Refreshments and beverages will be provided. Please bring your own lunch.

CLTA-WA extends our sincere appreciation to the co-sponsors of this event:

Confucius Institute of the State of Washington (CIWA)

East Asia Center, University of Washington 

Asia Society


Speaker Bio:   

Dr. Wei-ling Wu
Dr. Wei-ling Wu is a nationally recognized Chinese language educator and an experienced teacher of Chinese to American K-12 students.  As an independent consultant, she has been a teacher trainer for the Asia Society’s Confucius Classrooms and also the designer, coach, and script writer for the Asia Society’s TEQ video lesson series.  She has also taught college courses on K-12 Chinese instruction and served as a curriculum developer and lead instructor for STARTALK programs. Dr. Wu has published a range of Chinese textbooks for K-12 students. She holds a Ph.D. in Language in Education from the University of Pennsylvania.

Xi Sun
Xi Sun is currently the third-grade teacher at Jingmei Elementary School. She is one of the teacher leader candidates in the Asia Society Teacher Leader Cultivation Program. As an Asia Society teacher fellow, she has created several TEQ Chinese teaching video lessons. She developed Dual Language Immersion teaching materials with the Mandarin Matrix. Xi is the board member of the Chinese Language Teachers Association of Washington State. She holds master degrees in Teaching Chinese (K-12), and Teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) from the New York University.


2019 CLTA-WA Spokane Regional Workshop  @ EWU Spokane Campus
Aug 24 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Our 2019 Spokane regional workshop will take place at Eastern Washington University in Spokane, WA on Saturday, August 24th, 2019, from 9am-4:30pm.  We’re very excited about this full-day workshop led by our keynote speaker, Zoe Jiang. She is the 2018 Washington State World Language Teacher of the Year. Zoe will focus on how to incorporate culture into teaching. In the afternoon, we will include three 50-minute sessions facilitated by JingranWan, Huan-Mei (Ivy) Hall, and Lushi Hong.

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019
Time: 9am – 4:30pm with one-hour lunch break @ 12pm (6 hours total*)
Target Audience: K – 16 Chinese Instructors
Location:  Eastern Washington University, Spokane campus. EWU Center (EWUC), Room 112 668 N Riverpoint Blvd, Spokane, WA 99202

Morning Session

Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
Keynote Presenter: Zoe Jiang
Topic: 101 Things You Didn’t Know about Teaching Chinese Culture

Workshop Description:

This hands-on workshop will provide Chinese teachers with the expertise to guide students through exciting Chinese cultural activities. These classroom-proven activities have been designed to meet ACTFL standards and the needs of 21st century learners. This highly interactive workshop features year-round cultural themes ranging from Chinese festivals, tea ceremony, music, Kungfu, food preparation, clothing, traditional games, operas, to cultural field trips, and more. The presenter will add a new twist to common cultural activities to help teachers enrich their students’ classroom learning experiences. Going beyond other cultural seminars, this workshop introduces how to integrate the ACTFL standards of comparisons, connections, and communities in the cultural context.

Participants will be able to:

  • Leave this workshop with access to a database featuring slides, handouts, and video links to enliven their Chinese culture lessons
  • Integrate Chinese cultural elements into Western festivals, celebrations and holidays
  • Connect Chinese culture to other disciplines through STEM projects and general cross-curricular projects
  • Use cultural teaching and learning as a voice to make Chinese programs more visible in schools, school districts, cities, and states.

Afternoon Session:

Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm
Presenter: Jingran Wan, Odle Middle School, Bellevue School District, WA
Topic: Adapting SIOP Model into Large-size Chinese Classrooms

Time: 2:00-3:00pm
Presenter: Huan-Mei (Ivy) Hall, Spokane Community College, WA
Topic: How to Use Games to Motivate Students to Learn

Time: 3:00pm-4:00pm
Presenter: Lushi Hong, former Chinese teacher in Lake Highland Preparatory School, FL
Topic: Feedback and Motivation

Cost: Free for current CLTA-WA members for both on-site and Zoom participants.
$20 for non-members for both on-site and Zoom participants.
(*CLTA-WA annual membership fee: $30.00 from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.)

Clock Hours:

Participants who attend the entire workshop are eligible for six clock hours.  (Partial clock hours cannot be awarded. No clock hours will be awarded to Zoom participants at this point.)

Workshop Schedule:

8:30am – 9am           Sign in
9am – 12pm              Welcome & Presentation by Zoe Jiang
12pm – 1pm              Lunch (Please bring your own lunch.)
1pm – 2pm                Presentation by Jingran Wan
2pm – 3pm                Presentation by Huan-Mei (Ivy) Hall
3pm – 4pm                Presentation by Lushi Hong
4pm – 4:30pm           Evaluation & Wrap up

To register:

(If clicking the link does not open the registration page, please copy and paste to your browser. Registration deadline August 20, 2019.)

Please note:

  • Light refreshments will be provided. Please bring your own lunch.
  • This event is held in the EWUC building, labeled #5 on the map found at the link below.  Please note the ORANGE 1 lot is the closest entrance to the EWUC building and costs $6 to park all day, the green parking lots are $4

CLTA-WA extends our sincere appreciation to the co-sponsors of this event:

For more information about the workshop, please go to Chinese Language Teachers Association -Washington at contact us at