Opening & Plenary One
Innovation During a Time of Change: Teaching Strategies and Instruction
Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 10:00–11:30 a.m. Eastern Time
2020 has been a challenging year and the education community has had to quickly adjust to a new teaching and learning environment. In this timely discussion, NCLC Program Advisory Committee members will discuss how the Chinese language field has responded to this unprecedented challenge with a swift shift from traditional classroom instruction to online learning in a matter of weeks. Panelists will highlight successful strategies and innovation in remote Chinese language instruction and will share activities and resources for online instruction learning. This plenary will also reflect on the challenges of the current situation while also illuminating a path forward as the Chinese language education community moves forward as a community.
Authentic Materials in Traditional and Virtual Chinese Language Instruction
Thursday, June 25, 2020, 10:00–11:00 a.m. Eastern Time
Developing and using authentic materials in world language classrooms is an essential aspect of instruction and learning. Authentic materials allow learners to interact with languages and cultures in relevant, contemporary, and relatable ways. This plenary will bring together a group of educators who use innovative methods to integrate authentic materials in Chinese language and culture. Panelists will discuss best practices on developing, identifying, and incorporating authentic materials and will provide examples on how they have done so. Panelists will also address best practices on using authentic materials in the online learning environment and how technology itself is a rich source of dynamic and evolving authentic materials.