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.
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:
此次的研习会由目前在西雅图学区的Chief Sealth 国际高中(Chief Sealth International High School) 任职的王逸玨（Yea-Jae Wang）老师主讲，王老师在小学和中学从事中文教学多年、而且具备课程研究开发和师资培训经验。在三个小时的研习会中，王老师跟参与的老师介绍差异化教学及其理论基础，差异化教学的主要理念及其应用，和差异化教学的策略。王老师由浅入深地带领大家探讨差异化教学的精髓, 并且提供教学实例和学生的作品，让老师们能更具体的了解如何把差异化教学的策略运用在课堂上。
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.
The fall workshop Integrated Performance Instruction and Assessment was led by Mrs. Chungman Gissing and held at Eastern Washington University (EWU) on Saturday, October 28th, 2017. As a lead teacher in summer Startalk program at the University of Hawaii, an IB examiner, and a teacher trainer, Mrs. Gissing brought a wealth of knowledge to share with this year’s participants.
Mrs. Gissing led an engaging and informative workshop that included many valuable hands-on activities. Participants looked at examples of meaningful communication activities and tasks in a language classroom, analyzed and examined different lesson plans, and used a backwards design lesson plan template to design lessons using language in meaningful and authentic situations.
Workshop participants were very happy with the workshop and found the ideas and techniques shared during the session were beneficial. We want to extend our appreciation to the sponsors: CLTA-WA, the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington, and EWU’s Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.
2017年10月28日华盛顿州中文教师学会在东华盛顿大学斯坡坎校区举办的整合性教学及表现评估 （Integrated Performance Instruction and Assessment） 的研讨会圆满成功。本次的研讨会由华盛顿州中文教师学会主办，华盛顿州孔子学院及东华盛顿大学现代语言及文学系联合协办。
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)
CLTA-WA invites qualified individuals to apply for consideration to serve on the Board of Directors THREEboard seats are open for nomination.
Nomination opens onMarch 12, 2017,closes onMarch 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 byApril1, 2017:
• resume and statement of intent
Review of application will be completed byApril 7, 2017. A list of best qualified candidates will be put forth for the whole membership to vote and the voting will run fromApril 9, 2017 until April 23, 2017. New board members will be announced onMay 3, 2017.
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.