Dear CLTA-WA community,
I had the immense pleasure and honor today to sit in the 46th Award of Excellence Ceremony today at the University of Washington. Please allow me the great pleasure to share this very exciting news and invite you to join me in extending a big shout out and congratulations to our Board Advisor, Nyan-Ping Bi of the Asian Language and Literature Department at the University of Washington. Bi Laowhi was one of the 7 outstanding recipients of the “Distinguished Teaching Award” recognized and honored at the ceremony today. Recipient of “Distinguished Teaching Award”
When introducing Bi Laoshi to the guests today, the UW provost pointed out that Bi Laoshi’s classes are extremely engaging and she effectively gets her students to learn the Chinese language well, so much so, among her accomplished students, one is now engaged in selling Washington State wine to China! He also shared that students had said that a litmus test of a good teacher is asking if one would want one’s children to be taught by this teacher. Without doubt or reservation, the answer to whether one would choose to have Bi Laoshi as teacher to one’s children is a resounding Yes!
Many of you, like me, have had the good fortune of learning from and being inspired by Bi Laoshi’s expertise and professional excellence in the field of Teaching Chinese as A Foreign Language. We have been gifted by her immense generosity in sharing her wealth of knowledge and skills in pedagogical practices and instructional strategies. We also benefited greatly from her engaging public service in connecting our community with the services and support of the East Asia Center of the University of Washington, in organizing AP workshops, and in serving in the Education Advisory Board of the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington. As one of the principle authors of Integrated Chinese textbook series, and an officer in the AP Chinese Assessment team, Bi Laoshi also personally leads many workshops in local and national conferences as well as hosts webinars for the benefit of the Chinese teaching and learning communities. I am always touched by her energy, expertise, dedication and generosity in sharing and helping teachers of Chinese to advance professional skills, especially in her role as advisor to CLTA-WA.
We, at CLTA-WA, are truly fortunate and proud to have Bi Laoshi as our advisor. We offer our sincere congratulations to Bi Laoshi for her accomplishment and shall draw inspiration from her exemplary role as a Chinese teaching professional and a caring individual with a big heart in the community.