CI at SF State Successfully Hosts 2018 Chinese Teaching Workshop

[Source]    Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University,USA [Time]    2018-10-31 14:47:29 

The Confucius Institute at SF State (CI at SFSU) successfully hosted 2018 Fall Workshop on Chinese Teaching for local Chinese language teachers on Sunday, September 16th, featuring Innovative Ideas to Foster the 21st Century Minds in the morning session and Behavioral Management for Effectiveness in Chinese Teaching in the afternoon. The specially designed presentations and lectures focused on how to integrate the latest educational ideas and psychological research findings into Chinese teaching and management, attracting 81 participants.

Prof. Liping Feng, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute, made a brief introduction to the workshop; welcome remarks by Dr. Yanbo Wu, AVP for International Education at SF State, and Ms. Renzhu Li, Consul for Education of the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco, highlighted the Confucius Institute’s contributions to Chinese language education and east-west cultural exchanges on campus and in communities. The group photo with over 80 smiling participants and training experts brought the workshop to the specifically designed presentations.

Liping Feng moderated the workshop

In the morning session, Ms. Ying Jin, a senior Chinese teacher from Cupertino High School and Homestead High School, made a presentation on Innovative Ideas to Foster the 21st Century Minds based on her 20-year experience of Chinese instructions. As the first Chinese teacher who won the 2018 National Language Teacher of the Year awarded by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), Ms. Ying Jin shared her expertise in networking with colleagues across the fields to foster the 21st Century Minds in Chinese classroom and advocated her innovative ideas for effective language proficiency improvement. As an outstanding representative of Chinese language teachers in the United States, she demonstrated her own teaching experience, appropriately combining teaching activities with the interaction with the participants at the workshop, showcasing her teaching ideas from two aspects of "listening and speaking" and "reading and writing". She strongly recommended that Chinese teachers could design challenging activities in classroom teaching which could be reused, getting students familiar with the teaching and interested in learning with the teacher.

Jing Yin(first from the left)demonstrated her method with trainees

In the afternoon session, Dr. Gang Xie, from Fremont Unified School District and Sofia University, shared her delivered a lecture on “Behavioral Management for Effectiveness in Chinese Teaching” from a psychological perspective. With rich experience in psychological assessment and counseling, behavior management, and the design of educational programs for preschool and high school students, Dr. Gang Xie started her presentation with a demo of the Pygmalion Effect: Praise, trust and expectation can enhance students' self-worth and gain positive motive power. She discussed the students' psychological needs, classroom management skills, and behavior management methods from two aspects: "stimulating positive classroom behavior" and "dealing with negative classroom behavior". Chinese teachers need to understand the psychological state and needs of students and their behavior patterns, so as to communicate with students and best support students’ development through designing creative classroom content, providing a safe learning environment. The purpose of Behavioral Management for Effectiveness in Chinese Teaching is not only for the success of Chinese learning, but also for students’ mental health and success in their life.

Gang Xie sharing her experience of “Behavioral Management for Effectiveness in Chinese Teaching

At the end of the workshop, CI at SF State prepared some raffle books as awards to appreciate and encourage the participating schools and teachers. Director Jiaxin Xie, on behalf the Confucius Institute, greatly appreciated the Team Work which ensured high quality of this workshop for such a large group of local teachers. The Confucius Institute would welcome all schools and teachers to be part of Chinese teaching and learning system to enhance student’s Chinese proficiency for facing the 21st century challenge.


The workshop was well-organized. All participants felt inspired by the teaching methods and activities shared by the trainers. As regular programs of CI at SF State, the semester workshops have become important professional training opportunities for Chinese teachers and those who are enthusiastic in teaching Chinese language and culture in Northern California.


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