Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University

2013 Spring Workshops for Chinese Language Teachers

Time: Sunday, May 5, 9:00AM-12:00PM
Venue: SFSU HUM 108

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Session I: Education and Training: Two Components of the Professional Development of Chinese Teachers

Speaker: Prof. Lening Liu, Columbia University
                  哥伦比亚大学 刘乐宁教授


Lening Liu, Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Director of Confucius Institute of Chinese Language Pedagogy at Columbia University

Lening Liu was born and raised in Xi'an, China. In 1977, he entered college as part of an extremely select group of students entered universities in China. After receiving a BA in Chinese Language and Literature from Shaanxi Normal University in 1982, and a MA in History of Chinese Language in 1985, he came to the United States in 1990 and studied linguistics at the University of Florida. He joined Columbia's faculty in 1995 and received his Ph.D. in 1996. Liu's research interests are in the areas of historical syntax, discourse grammar and Chinese language pedagogy. He has published a number of articles on the evolution of Chinese conjunctive adverbs, the rhetorical structures of Chinese, the history and innovation of Chinese pedagogy, etc. Courses he has taught include Introduction to Classical Chinese, Readings in Classical Chinese, History of Chinese Language, Educational Chinese Linguistics, Chinese Language Pedagogy and all levels of Modern Chinese. Currently, Liu is Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Director of Confucius Institute at Columbia University. He also directs its Chinese Language Program and serves as the co-director of the Certificate Program of Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages.

Presentation Abstract

This presentation discusses the professional development of Chinese teachers who teach Chinese as a second language. It argues that teaching Chinese as a second language has become a highly specialized profession. It has systematic theories and, at the same time, remains as a very practical profession. The professional development of Chinese teachers, therefore, should include and differentiate two components: education and training. The former aims at transferring knowledge from instructors to students, the latter attempts to enable trainees master certain skills and techniques. The former could be done in a teacher-centered fashion; the latter, however, must be conducted in a trainee-centered and hands-on fashion.

Session II: 中华文化的国际视角
                  Chinese Culture in TCSL: An International Perspective

Speaker: 北京大学 张英教授
                  Prof. Zhang Ying, Peking University



Ying Zhang, Dean, Professor and Doctoral Program Supervisor, School of Chinese as a Second Language, Peking University

Zhang Ying has been teaching Chinese language and culture courses at all levels. She is a member of HSK Test Expert Committee of the Hanban. She taught Chinese at Cornell University, Kyoto Women University, Universite Paris X-Nanterre, etc. Her reserch intersts are Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, Traditional Chinese Culture, Chinese Civilization, Contemporary China, and Chinese Literature. She has many publications in China and abroad.



Welcome all Chinese language teachers, educators, administrators, and those who want to be teachers in the future to the presentations by Prof. Lening Liu from Columbia University and Prof. Zhang Ying from Peking University!

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Hui WANG, Program Coordinator at 415-338-7631.

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Confucius Institute at SF State
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San Francisco, CA 94132
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