The NCLC Team is excited to announce the launch of NCLC Online – an extension of NCLC through a series of engaging webinars offered throughout the school year!
During NCLC 2019, participants rated breakout sessions via the NCLC App. The top-rated breakout sessions were selected to present their content again through an online webinar. We invite you to join us for these sessions!
NCLC Online webinar sessions are free to participants, but pre-registration is required. Upon registering, you will receive an email from “Chinese Initiatives, The College Board” with a link to join the event and a calendar meeting request.
Please join us at the first NCLC Online Session!
Topic: Race, Sex, and Gender in the American Chinese Language Classroom
Session Date and Time: Friday, October 11, 2019, 7:00 – 8:30 PM EST
Presenters: Preston Sundin, Ye Ruan, Chu Hsi Tseng
Description: As awareness of racial inequality, sexual orientation, and gender identity increase among students, discussions about being sensitive and inclusive have taken center stage in American schools, including the Chinese classroom. As America grows more diverse and definitions of sex and gender evolve, how do Chinese teachers discuss traditional Chinese values, gender roles, or standards of beauty? What about feminist and LGBTQ+ issues or teaching a Chinese word that sounds like a racial slur in English? Panelists will share firsthand classroom experience, from planning discussions to turning uncomfortable moments into teachable opportunities, and also share stories from students on how race, sexual orientation or gender identity influenced their Chinese studies.
This session has two main goals. First, through sharing firsthand classroom experiences, the panelists hope to raise awareness around potentially sensitive issues regarding race, sex, and gender in the American Chinese classroom so that teachers are not caught unaware. Second, the panelists will propose some successful strategies for not only responding to issues after they arise but also for anticipating them and creating lesson plans that intentionally incorporate topics of race, sex, and gender into the Chinese language curriculum. Participants will leave with concrete teaching strategies as well as a better appreciation of how embracing the growing complexity of linguistic and cultural comparisons in the American Chinese classroom can enrich the language learning experience for students and better prepare them to be global citizens in the 21st century.
Topic: From Poetry & Painting to Cultures & Connections
Session Date and Time: Friday, January 31, 2020, 8:00 – 9:30 PM EST
Presenters: Joanne Shang, Cynthia Ning
“From Poetry and Painting to Cultures and Connections” describes how to use Big C culture to provide experiential opportunities to students, allowing them to interact with two of the “Five Cs"—Cultures and Connections. We will use examples such as Tang poetry and a famous Song dynasty hand scroll, to demonstrate how to engage students, have them acquire language painlessly, gain deep cultural knowledge, begin to form bonds within their learning community, and grow connections to the wider society.
Topic: 拆掉辅助轮前的准备 Taking off the Training Wheels: Lesson Sequencing to Increase Proficiency
Session Date and Time: Thursday, February 20, 2020, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Presenters: Matt Coss, Marty Chen
In this session, participants’ attention will be focused on the need for gradual transfer of learning ownership to students. Presenters will guide participants through the process of interpreting, analyzing, and applying a lesson planning sequence based on research from education and psychology called the Gradual Release of Responsibility (Pearson & Gallagher 1983, Fisher & Frey 2008a). This session will equip attendees to develop student-centered lesson plans sequenced to maximize learning outcomes and facilitate proficiency gains for students in any grade or teaching context.
Topic: Developing Mandarin Learning Through Authentic Materials
Session Date and Time: Friday, March 27, 2020, 8:00 – 9:30 PM
Presenters: Szumi Yang, Shuqi You
Using Authentic materials is a teaching method which let teachers and learners jump out of the standard learning framework, providing a fresh and popular modern language. Interesting Authentic materials can not only stimulate students' learning motivation, but also enable students to use language skills flexibly to communicate with others.
In this session, the participants will learn to design pre-, during, and post- reading, viewing, and listening activities using authentic materials. The pre- reading/viewing/listening activities are to activate students' prior knowledge and arouse their curiosity; the during reading/viewing/listening activities are designed for the students to interact with the texts/materials, and finally the post reading/viewing/listening activities are used to assess students' learning outcomes. There will be several sample lessons on various topics and proficiency levels to demonstrate the strategies for designing activities to build four macroskills.