Confucius Institute at University of Kentucky Holds the 2016 In-service Training Workshop for Volunteer Chinese Language Teachers from Midwest of America

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Kentucky [Time]    2017-02-09 17:44:26 
 

From Nov. 12th to 13th, local time, the “2016 In-service Training Workshop for Volunteer Chinese Language Teachers from Midwest of America” was successfully held by the Confucius Institute at the University of Kentucky, with 154 volunteer Chinese language teachers from the Confucius Institutes and The College Board from around 24 states of the US attending the workshop. The training workshop is the fourth in-service training workshop for American volunteers held by the Confucius Institute at the University of Kentucky since 2012, and the scale and number of volunteer Chinese language teachers attending the workshop have reached a historical high.


Dr. Stephen Pruitt, Education Commissioner of Kentucky attending the workshop and delivering a congratulatory speech


Ming Tingxi, First Secretary of the Office of Education of the Chinese Embassy in the US attending the opening ceremony

This training workshop was chaired by Xiu Huajing, Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Kentucky. Stephen Pruitt, Education Commissioner of Kentucky, Ming Tingxi, First Secretary of the Office of Education of the Chinese Embassy in the US, and Mary O’Hare, Dean of the College of Education at the University of Kentucky attended and addressed the opening ceremony respectively. Chen Li, Consul of the Office of Education of the Chinese Embassy in the US watched the training workshop.


Helena Kirton making a keynote speech-Creating Insightful and Informative Chinese Courses


Lin Wanqian making a speech and live demonstration with the theme of high degree of participation in US elementary and secondary schools’ classrooms

For the training workshop this time, the Confucius Institute at the University of Kentucky invited almost 20 top teaching experts of Chinese and classroom management specialists. Under the themes of creating insightful and informative Chinese courses, applying reverse design in Chinese classroom teaching, and developing teaching activities with high degree of participation in US elementary and secondary schools’ Chinese classrooms, education experts, such as Helena Kirton, a master of the second language teaching method and immersion teaching, Lin Wanqian, author of Chinese Treasure Chest, and Zhao Wencui, a consultant in bilingual education, established many training workshops to allow volunteer teachers to independently choose the training programs they are interested in based on their teaching situation and their most urgent problems, which have greatly improved the teachers’ participation and initiative, as well as the maximum benefits of the training.


Xiu Huajing instructing trainees to join in the “jigsaw” learning mode

The Confucius Institute at the University of Kentucky has inherited the highlight of the first three training workshops-the fourth-generation “jigsaw” cooperative learning mode to conduct group discussions and experience sharing, which improves the efficiency and effect of the training. The “jigsaw” training method changes from a monotonous one-to-many training mode to an active one-to-one mode, so that the trainers can truly solve the obstacles that every volunteer teacher encountered in their teaching; meanwhile, those volunteer teachers also learned how to apply the “jigsaw” group-division method in their teaching, serving multiple purposes. The training mode itself is also a good strategy and method of classroom management and activities. It interconnects the training, the classroom, and the method with each other, which means the trainees are both students and teachers, so that they can feel the way students think and act as well as what the student-centered teaching mode really is.

This time-saving, efficient and innovative training mode has helped attending teachers learned a lot in various aspects including teaching methodology, teaching activity, and classroom management. “I appreciate the hard work of Dr. Xiu Huajing, Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Kentucky and her team. We really benefited a lot from this training. This training was perfect and it was thoughtfully arranged in all respects including the organization form, experts’ level, our accommodation and transportation. We are really touched and appreciate your considerate arrangement.” said Li Meiyan, a Chinese language teacher from the Confucius Institute at the University of Portland, Oregon.


Group photo

The Confucius Institute at the University of Kentucky will keep working and further explore to make more contributions to the in-depth spread of the Chinese culture in the US, the building of a friendship bridge between the two peoples, and the integration and common prosperity of the Chinese and US culture.

Story by Pan Tingting, Xiu Huajing, Zhu Lian, Yang Zengxiang