The Confucius Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston hosted an intensive, three-day Chinese Teacher Training Conference for 151 guest teachers from 20 states, November 1-3, 2014. The Conference was supported by Hanban, the headquarters of the Confucius Institute in Beijing, to provide professional development for guest Chinese teachers in the U.S. Guest teachers are helping to address the shortage of qualified Chinese teachers in the U.S. for meeting the growing demand to learn Mandarin.

There are 500 guest Chinese teachers in the U.S. who are selected by Hanban through a highly competitive application process. Hanban’s goal is to increase the number of guest Chinese teachers to 20,000 by 2020. Based on the success of the November 2013 conference and our expertise in Chinese Speech Contests, Hanban is considering naming UMass Boston’s Confucius Institute to be one of the primary training centers in the U.S. The Confucius Institute at UMass Boston recruited 11 highly experienced Chinese specialists to teach the 151 guest teachers best practices in teaching Chinese at the elementary, middle school and high school levels.

The conference was held at the Corcoran Jenison conference space leased by the UMass Boston College of Advancing and Professional Studies. In attendance were: Jianjun Cen, Head Counselor of Education Office, Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in New York; Lisa Huang, Program Director at College Board; Xubo Shao, Director of Volunteer Program Center at Hanban; Winston Langley, Provost of UMass Boston; Zongguo Xia, Vice Provost of UMass Boston; Chengyun Liu, Chinese Director of Confucius Institute at UMass Boston; Baifeng Sun, Associate Director of Confucius Institute at UMass Boston.

Schedule

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2013
Saturday, November 2nd
8:30 AM

Remarks by Winston Langley, Provost of University of Massachusetts Boston

Winston E. Langley, University of Massachusetts Boston

College of Professional and Advancing Studies Conference Center (Corcoran Jennison Building)

8:30 AM - 8:40 AM

8:40 AM

Remarks by Jianjun Cen, Head Counselor of Education Office, Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in New York

Jianjun Cen, People's Republic of China, New York

Suffolk Classroom, College of Professional and Advancing Studies Conference Center (Corcoran Jennison Building)

8:40 AM - 8:50 AM

8:50 AM

Remarks by Lisa Huang, Associate Director of Chinese Language and Cultural Initiatives, The College Board

Lisa Huang, The College Board

Suffolk Classroom, College of Professional and Advancing Studies Conference Center (Corcoran Jennison Building)

8:50 AM - 8:55 AM

8:55 AM

Remarks by Xubo Shao, Program Officer from Hanban Volunteer Center

Xubo Shao, Hanban Volunteer Center

Suffolk Classroom, College of Professional and Advancing Studies Conference Center (Corcoran Jennison Building)

8:55 AM - 9:00 AM

9:00 AM

Teach Chinese with Ease

Jian Gao

Suffolk Classroom, College of Professional and Advancing Studies Conference Center (Corcoran Jennison Building)

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

10:30 AM

Break

College of Professional and Advancing Studies Conference Center (Corcoran Jennison Building)

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

11:00 AM

Build an Active and Interactive Classroom

Zhaohong Li, McDonogh School (Owings Mills, Md.)

Norfolk Classroom, College of Professional and Advancing Studies Conference Center (Corcoran Jennison Building)

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Game Smart

Yixing Chen

Berkshire Classroom, College of Professional and Advancing Studies Conference Center (Corcoran Jennison Building)

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Stories to Engage & More

Yuanchao Meng, Oak Hill Middle School (Newton, Mass.)

Bristol Classroom, College of Professional and Advancing Studies Conference Center (Corcoran Jennison Building)

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

12:00 PM

Lunch

College of Professional and Advancing Studies Conference Center (Corcoran Jennison Building)

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

1:15 PM

Teaching in a Changing World: Understanding the Challenge of American Education and Research of Effective Teaching

Wenfan Yan, University of Massachusetts Boston

Suffolk Classroom, College of Professional and Advancing Studies Conference Center (Corcoran Jennison Building)

1:15 PM - 2:45 PM

2:45 PM

Break

College of Professional and Advancing Studies Conference Center (Corcoran Jennison Building)

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

3:00 PM

TPRS: Ways to Fluency

Lea Ekeberg, William Penn Charter School (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Suffolk Classroom, College of Professional and Advancing Studies Conference Center (Corcoran Jennison Building)

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

4:40 PM

Discussion Groups

Jian Gao
Zhaohong Li, McDonogh School (Owings Mills, Md.)
Yuanchao Meng, Oak Hill Middle School (Newton, Mass.)
Liya Ai

Bristol and Norfolk Classrooms, College of Professional and Advancing Studies Conference Center (Corcoran Jennison Building)

4:40 PM - 5:40 PM

6:00 PM

Dinner

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

8:00 PM

SWAP SHOP

Suffolk Classroom, College of Professional and Advancing Studies Conference Center (Corcoran Jennison Building)

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Sunday, November 3rd
8:30 AM

Foreign Language Education in K-12

Carl Hobert, Boston University

Suffolk Classroom, College of Professional and Advancing Studies Conference Center (Corcoran Jennison Building)

8:30 AM - 9:50 AM

Teaching Chinese in America

Yu-Lan Lin, Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools

Suffolk Classroom, College of Professional and Advancing Studies Conference Center (Corcoran Jennison Building)

8:30 AM - 9:50 AM

9:50 AM

Break

College of Professional and Advancing Studies Conference Center (Corcoran Jennison Building)

9:50 AM - 10:00 AM

10:00 AM

21st Century Classroom

Jie Gao, Bigelow Middle School (Newton, Mass.)

Berkshire Classroom, College of Professional and Advancing Studies Conference Center (Corcoran Jennison Building)

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Assessment Strategies to Promote Success

Hua Zhang, Williston Northampton School (Easthampton, Mass.)

Berkshire Classroom, College of Professional and Advancing Studies Conference Center (Corcoran Jennison Building)

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Classroom Management Strategies

Ming Yang, Boston Latin School

Norfolk Classroom, College of Professional and Advancing Studies Conference Center (Corcoran Jennison Building)

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

11:05 AM

Discussion Groups

Jie Gao, Bigelow Middle School (Newton, Mass.)
Ming Yang, Boston Latin School
Hua Zhang, Williston Northampton School (Easthampton, Mass.)
Zhaohong Li, McDonogh School (Owings Mills, Md.)
Yixing Chen

Suffolk, Berkshire, Bristol and Norfolk Classrooms, College of Professional and Advancing Studies Conference Center (Corcoran Jennison Building)

11:05 AM - 12:05 PM

12:10 PM

Training Summary and Presentation of Certificates

Suffolk Classroom, College of Professional and Advancing Studies Conference Center (Corcoran Jennison Building)

12:10 PM - 12:40 PM

12:40 PM

Lunch

College of Professional and Advancing Studies Conference Center (Corcoran Jennison Building)

12:40 PM - 1:40 PM