2019 Summer Workshop: Go Real: Creating Relevant and Engaging Learning Experiences for K-12 Chinese Language Learners

August 17, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Communications Building (CMU) 120, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
2023 King Lane Northeast
WA 98105

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: 
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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.


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