TEQ Instructional Videos for Chinese Language Teaching

Toward Instructional Excellence: TEQ.

In addition to providing practical training for in-class development, Asia Society sees the need to develop a new generation of leaders in the Chinese education field. Through our Teaching Fellows program, we aim to cultivate master teachers who can become mentors and exemplars to those new to the field.

Each year, Asia Society selects 5–10 Chinese teachers as Teaching Fellows. Under the one-on-one professional consultation of Dr. Weiling Wu, these selected teachers create, develop, and polish lesson plans. We then film the classroom of each selected teacher, and edit these to guide viewers to think and reflect on what they are observing in each video, to try and bridge the gap between instructional standards and classroom implementation. Part of Asia Society's professional development series for educators, these instructional videos for Chinese language teachers aim to share best practices in the field of Chinese language teaching.

These Chinese classes cover different grade levels and proficiency levels, and have been recorded to showcase the 8 Principles for Effective and Innovative Chinese Language Teaching and Learning, proposed by Dr. Wu. In each video, Dr. Wu explains what is happening and how the featured teacher is applying a specific principle, with the help of animated characters Mr. T (Theory)Ms. E (Enthusiasm), and Ms. Q (Question).

Materials in this series include:

  • A 30-minute edited classroom video interspersed with commentary from Dr. Wu,
  • an accompanying lesson plan,
  • an interview with the featured teacher,
  • and an interview with the school administrator.

Get started by reading How to Use the TEQ Series: Instructional Videos for Chinese Language Teachers, or begin watching the videos listed below.

Your comments and feedback are always highly appreciated. Please tell us your thoughts after you watch these videos.

Instructional Videos for Chinese Language Teachers

Chinese language teacher Grace Pei demonstrates how to teach a common skill such as asking for directions by guiding students step by step to learn and practice new language skills in context.
Chinese language teacher Yan Wang demonstrates a set of activities that guide students step by step to learn a new sentence. These activities are a good example of how a teacher can organize basic instruction effectively to maximize learning.
The impact of the internet is relevant to all the students. But it's challenging to discuss in Chinese! Watch how language teacher Catherine Zhong embeds language learning into well-connected and highly interactive learning experiences.
Chinese language teacher Guo Ruijian helps her students discuss buying fruit in Mandarin.
Meet Shwu-fen Lin, a Chinese language teacher at a New Jersey high school, as she helps her students practice key structure presentation in Mandarin.
Meet Yan Wang, a Chinese language teacher at a Kentucky elementary school, as she helps her students practice reading characters in Mandarin.

Using the TEQ Videos

  • A Q&A with Dr. Wei-ling Wu, master Chinese language instructor and designer of the TEQ Series Instructional Videos for Chinese Language Teachers.