Confucius Institute at SF State
Nanhai Chinese Language Education and Research Center

Fall 2009 Seminar on Chinese Language Teaching and Chinese Textbooks

Introduction and Registration

Presenter Topic Time Place
Prof. Yanhua Ma
Ph.D. in Linguistics, Professor
Beijing Normal University
Teaching of Chinese Idioms
Oct. 17,2009 Saturday
HUM 133
SF State
Prof. Nianyang Wu
吴念阳 教授
Associate Professor
Shanghai Normal University
Child Psychology in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language
Oct.17,2009 Saturday
HUM 133
SF State
Theresa Chao & Baocai Jia
许笑浓 & 贾宝才
Chinese Textbooks for American K-12 Students
Oct.17,2009 Saturday
HUM 133
SF State

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Seminar on Chinese Language Teaching and Chinese Textbooks

I. Teaching of Chinese Idioms

Presenter: Prof. Yanhua Ma
演讲人: 马燕华教授

Ph.D. in Linguistics, Professor, Beijing Normal University

Prof. Ma has been working in the field of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language since 1988. She has taught all types of Chinese language skill courses to international students, as well as teaching graduate level Chinese Phonetics, Chinese Philology, and Modern Linguistics Theories, etc. Her publications include six volumes of TCSL course materials and more than forty papers in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics.



Teaching of Chinese Idioms

This lecture discusses some of the frequently used Chinese idioms in Chinese people’s everyday life, analyses the syntactic pattern when using Chinese idioms and the characteristics of Chinese idioms’ semantic evolution. Prof. Ma will also share her experience and expertise in teaching Chinese idioms to non-native students.



Time(讲座时间):10月17日(周六)1:00 pm-2:10 pm

Place(讲座地点): Humanities Building #133

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II. Child Psychology in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language

Presenter: Prof. Nianyang Wu

Associate Professor, Shanghai Normal University

BA in Psychology and MA in Child Psychology, Peking University, Ph.D. in Linguistics, Shanghai Normal University Research specializations: Child Psychology; Children’s Language Development; Psychological Statistics; Research and Development of Chinese Level Test; Psychology in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, etc.

吴念阳,上海师范大学应用心理学系副教授。北京大学心理学学士、儿童心理学硕士, 上海师范大学语言学博士。长期从事儿童心理学、儿童语言发展、心理统计学课程的教学,以及汉语考试研发、对外汉语教学心理学研究。著有《隐喻的心理学研究》等研究成果。曾经在新西兰、英国、美国等国的多个城市讲学。

Topic (讲座内容简介):

Child Psychology in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language

Using lively multimedia tools, Prof. Wu introduces the characteristics of children’s attention, children’s different psychological traits and how to manage classroom teaching according to children’s age and characters. This lecture also answers some frequently asked questions by Chinese language teachers and parents. Some psychological measurement tools will also be provided to help teachers and parents to understand their children.



Time(讲座时间):10月17日(周六)2:20 pm-3:30 pm

Place(讲座地点):Humanities Building #133

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III. Best New Chinese Textbooks for American K-12 Students Personal Accounts by the Authors

1.“Meizhou Chinese”: the Ideal Textbook for Immersion Programs

Presenter:Teresa H. Chao
演讲人:许笑浓 南加州中文教师协会会长

“Mei Zhou Chinese”, compiled specially for North-American G1-12 students, is composed of 12 textbooks, each of which is supplemented with a set of word cards, an audio CD, a loose-leaf workbook and a set of picture-story wall posters. For schools that have 2-4 hours of Chinese classes, each textbook can last for a school year.

This textbook series follows both the ACTFL “Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century” and the College Board’s guideline for AP Chinese Programs. Students will achieve Intermediate to Pre-Advanced level after finishing the first 6 volumes. Students will be able to take the AP Chinese Examination after completing all 12 volumes.

Teresa will explain how they correlate the cognitive level and areas of interest as well as what they learn in other subjects at school of the targeted age group with the content of each corresponding volume; how they weave in relevant American culture and daily life experiences the students most familiar with throughout the series to facilitate their learning of Chinese culture; how they pair the text of each lesson with an interesting story on the same topic and covering all the new words; and how they invented the method of grabbing the students’ attention by telling the story through the vivid picture-story posters in lieu of a preview of the new words and topics of the text proper.

《美洲华语》是由具有30多年在美国教授中文经验的许笑浓会长担纲主编,参加教材编写的其他作者也都是具有多年一线教学经验的老师。这套教材共包括十二册课本和配套练习册、字卡、CD及挂图。如果学校每周上课二至四小时,每册可以使用一个学年。这套教材的编写方式及内容以“美国中小学中文教学目标”为主要参照指标,注重学生听、说、读、写能力的全面培养。学生读完前六册课本之后,可以达到ACTFL Performance Guidelines For K-12 Learners 的Intermediate 到Pre-Advanced 之间的程度。第七至第十二册课本和练习册则以美国大学理事会(College Board)制定的中文AP课程大纲为依据,使学生读完整套教材之后,可以顺利通过中文AP测试。

许笑浓会长将系统介绍她们在这套教材的编写过程中,如何将课文内容与该年龄段学生的认知水平和他们同时学习的其它课程内容相呼应;如何通过在介绍中国文化的课文里穿插学生们熟悉的美国文化及生活来加深学生的印象;特别是,他们是如何根据美国低年级学生特点,通过为课文配与课文词汇和内容相关的故事的方法增强学生学习积极性。她们利用生动活泼的故事教学挂图, 采取先讲故事调动学生学中文兴趣,再学课文的方法。

2. “Chinese for G7-12”: A Standard-Based Series for Foreign Language Classes

Presenter:Paul Baocai Jia
演讲人:贾宝才 CLASS秘书长

“Chinese for G7-12 Students” textbook series is composed of 2 parts: “Chinese for Middle School Students” (2-Volume) and “Chinese for High School Students”(4-Volume), with the former containing 2 volume and the latter, 4. Given the current class-hours assigned to foreign languages, each volume is designed for a full school year.

In consideration of the fact that while Chinese classes are offered in some middle schools, most high school Chinese programs start with the beginner level, the vocabulary and contents covered in the 2 volumes for middle school are basically equivalent to those of the 1st volume for high school. Students who have finished the two volumes in middle school may start with volume 2 in high school. Upon completion of the entire course, students will learn 1,700-1,800 characters and all relevant language and cultural knowledge and attain intermediate and Pre-Advanced Chinese level. Students who start with volume 2 may take an AP class in the 4th year.

The result of joint endeavors of Chinese teachers in the US and China with Prof. Li Xiaoqi as its chief editor, this textbook series represents a combination of academic soundness and practical classroom experiences. Teacher Jia, coordinator of the series’ US editorial team, will introduce at the session how the series adopts the backward design approach and the inventive method of each volume covering the same main topics while spiraling up both in depth of content and linguistic difficulty along with the students’ progress in their Chinese language capacity; how the series adapts to the ACTFL “Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century”, the College Board’s “Guideline to AP Chinese Language & Culture Programs” and the “2009 World Language Content Standards for California Public Schools”; and how the series applies the task-based pedagogy and incorporates various games and inter-active activities in the workbooks.




Time(讲座时间):10月17日(周六) 3:40pm-4:50pm

Place(讲座地点):Humanities Building #133

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