Preconference Workshops

Requires advance registration and separate fee

Preconference school visits run concurrently with the following workshops on Thursday, April 6, 2017.

Sessions will be presented in English or bilingually, unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, April 6, 9:00 AM–12:00 PM (HALF DAY)

K-8 Formative and Summative Oral Proficiency Assessment ($100)

Presenters: Lynn Thompson, Jing Wei

This workshop will familiarize participants with the Center for Applied Linguistics’ (CAL) K–8 formative and summative assessments: Classroom Observation Checklist Kit, Student Oral Proficiency Assessment (SOPA) and Early Language Listening and Oral Proficiency Assessment (ELLOPA) and provide guidance for classroom-based assessment and rubric development. The presenters will use materials specifically designed for teachers of Chinese including sample CLOCK assessment activities and checklists, ELLOPA/SOPA interviews in Chinese, Chinese SOPA and ELLOPA tasks, and rating rubrics. Participants will engage in interactive discussions, simulations including hands-on practice with assessments, and activities that walk them through the procedures for developing rating rubrics for their own classroom-based assessments.

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Developing Global Competence in a Learner-Centered Classroom ($100)

Presenters: Yulan Lin, Dali Tan, Carol Chen-Lin, Lucy Lee, Baocai Jia

In this workshop, participants will first be introduced to the aspects that encompass and define global competence for our students today. Aspects such as global issues, cultural diversity, proficiency in language, and leadership skills will be adopted into learning topics, from which various learner-centered activities and projects will be discussed and demonstrated. This workshop will emphasize students’ Chinese communicative proficiency and literacy skills as the core of global competence, therefore; learner-centered activities will demonstrate strategies to engage students in using Chinese in their classroom, as well as beyond their classroom to interact with people in the Chinese speaking world.

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Thursday, April 6, 1:00–4:00 PM (HALF DAY)

Implementing World-Readiness Standards with Meaningful EdTech Integration in Chinese Instruction ($100)

Presenters: Chen-Hui Tsai, Shenglan Zhang

The purpose of the workshop is to empower K‒16 Chinese educators and practitioners to effectively implement the World-Readiness Standards in their instruction with the aid of educational technology. This thoughtful integration will promote students’ active learning, motivate them to succeed in learning Chinese, and help them develop their global competence in this multilingual and multicultural world. The participants will explore practical and mindful ways to use technology to engage students and enhance instruction through the 5Cs framework, with special attention paid to creativity and critical thinking. The proposed workshop will offer hands-on opportunities for the teachers to try innovative techniques and develop strategic plans for incorporating available language-acquisition resources such as social media, communication platforms, and emerging technologies into their class instruction, with a focus on helping students foster creativity, enhancing their communication skills, and enabling cooperative learning.

(The participants are required to bring their own laptops/tablets/mobile devices to engage in the hands-on activities.)

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Implementing Proficiency-Based Tools & Standards to Build Exemplary K-12 Chinese Programs ($100)

Presenters: Ann Marie Gunter, Ryan Wertz

Several states and many districts have implemented proficiency-based language standards that outline what students should be able to do with language as a result of high-quality K-12 programs. This workshop will first give an overview of the standards, policies, initiatives and tools that are used at the local, state and national levels to build and expand various Chinese program models, including dual language/immersion, heritage language, and the traditional K-12 sequence.

Second, participants will examine recent language acquisition research, intercultural competence initiatives, and student learning outcomes that have been used to establish proficiency expectations in different programs.

Next, the alignment and use of proficiency scales will be discussed, and free classroom resources like LinguaFolio will be shared. Activities will be modeled that can help administrators, parents and other stakeholders understand proficiency-based language learning.

Finally, a number of resources for professional development will be provided, and participants will learn how to ensure the success and sustainability of well-implemented programs.

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Thursday, April 6, 9:00 AM–4:00 PM (FULL DAY)

AP® Chinese Language and Culture Workshop ($165)

Advanced Placement® (AP®) workshops are designed to help teachers and administrators develop and deepen their programs to prepare students for the rigors of college. Sessions led by College Board consultants feature innovative best practices and research-based strategies that can assist you in helping your students achieve their academic goals. AP workshops can help you to (1) Align instruction with the goals of the AP course; (2) Identify the skills and knowledge the exam will assess; (3) Determine the tasks and materials for which students may need more preparation; (4) Draft a syllabus that meets the curricular requirements for the course; and (5) Understand how to make equitable access a guiding principle in designing instruction.

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Deepening Conversations and Practices of Chinese Language and Dual Immersion Programs: Program Effectiveness and Teaching and Assessing Language, Content, and Culture ($165)

Presenters: Shuhan Wang, Joy Kreeft Peyton

This six-hour workshop is for administrators, teachers, policy makers, and community members who are seeking to establish or enhance a Chinese language or immersion program as an independent school, charter school, or program within a school. The workshop is designed with two distinct focuses. The morning, from 9 am–12 pm, will focus on program quality. Participants will receive a copy of Key Features of Effective Chinese Language Programs: A Checklist (Wang & Peyton, 2017), developed by CELIN staff in conjunction with its national advisory committee members, and use it as a guide to engage in in-depth discussions with experts in the field and fellow participants about key areas of program establishment and sustainability. In the afternoon, from 1–4 pm, the conversations will allow participants and leading experts to explore ways that Chinese language, culture, and content areas are taught and assessed in Chinese language and immersion programs. Participants will have opportunities to learn from experts and established programs about curricula, materials, instructional strategies, and assessments that are being used. They can also share with one another information and resources they have developed, while gathering a collective list of challenges and needs that are commonly expressed by Chinese language and immersion programs. During the plenary session that will wrap up the workshop, participants will share their learning outcomes and insights from the workshop and identify next steps that individual programs can take on or ways they can collaborate with one another.

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