Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University

Visiting Confucius Classrooms and Promoting Chinese Education in Northern California

March 9-10, 2017

To further promote Chinese language and culture programs, extending resources and services to further northern communities in California through Confucius Institute and affiliated Confucius Classrooms, and effectively connecting schools with education at San Francisco State University (SF State), a 4-member delegation composed of SF State and Chinese Consulate in San Francisco visited four Confucius Classrooms in Sacramento, Rocklin, and Redding from March 9 to March 10, 2017.

On Thursday, March 9, Dr. Yenbo Wu, Associate Vice President for International Education and Prof. Chengnian Wu, Chinese Director of Confucius Institute at SF State, together with Education Counselor Jun Yang and Consul Yang Zeng from Chinese Consulate in San Francisco visited Western Sierra Collegiate Academy as their first stop, observing Mandarin 1 class, rhymes recital and teaching and learning with iPads, and campus tour. A round table meeting hosted by Principal Chelsea Bowler, attended by Superintendent Robin Stout, feeder school – Rocklin Academy Gateway Principal Jillayne Antoon, WSCA’s Vice Principals Chip Kling and Scott Crosson, and Chinese teachers Junjie Tian and Peggy Kao. The topics focused on Confucius Classroom sustainable development, needs for more qualified Mandarin teachers, sister schools in China. Immediately after the meeting at WSCA, Principal Antoon escorted the group to Rocklin Academy Gateway for a campus tour, expressing their interests in recruiting a full time teacher for 2017-2018 academic year to offer Chinese courses for more students.

Picture 1-Meeting at West Sierra Collegiate Academy

The delegation visited Confucius Classroom at Natomas Charter School, observing Mandarin 1 and Mandarin 2, all students enjoying Kahoot games and activities directed by their bilingual teacher Ms. Cindy Ho. A meeting with Principal Ting Sun and Director Mattew DeMarritt enabled the group to better understand this special school with excellent academic programs and educational exchanges with Jinan, China such as “One Voice Project” – a ten-day tour for 10 students and teachers to China, singing and dancing, communication and interaction with Chinese students and community people. This annual project has successfully led their students into beautiful Chinese language and culture and effectively brought Chinese students to their campus for people-to-people exchanges.

Picture 2-Meeting at Natomas Charter School

On Friday, March 10, 2017, the group began their morning visit to the Confucius Classroom at University Preparatory School in Redding, the furthest northern California. This is one of CI at SF State’s five affiliated Confucius Classrooms, established in 2013 serving grades 8th-12th students. The group met and talked with Principal Peterson, who shared information about her schools’ achievements and development plan, and especially reported their accomplishments in expanding their Mandarin courses and US-China cultural exchanges. The Confucius Classroom project as partial of their strategic action plan has helped the school reach to higher academic level as one of national 1% top high schools. Visiting their Mandarin classes and interacting with their students left the delegates with very positive impression. The meeting with the principal helped delegates ensure how to effectively help Confucius Classrooms in sustainable development.

Picture 3-Meeting at University Preparatory School.

The delegates also visited a Confucius Classroom at Redding School of Arts, one of Asian Society affiliated Confucius Classroom. This is a charter school with 540 K-8th students, over 300 students taking immersion Chinese courses. Principal Johnson met the group and showed the group to all Mandarin classes. The host and visitors expressed their common interests in connecting two Confucius Classrooms in the same city for closer cooperation. Both Dr. Yenbo Wu and Counselor Jun Yang expressed their willingness to help the school with all available resources and projects, building up a stronger bridge between the Confucius Institute and Confucius Classrooms.

Picture 4-Visiting Redding School of Arts

A successful tour to four Confucius Classrooms, visiting the host schools, meeting and sharing with principals, interacting with their students and staff/teachers, and updating information about the projects will help the Confucius Institute better serve the University and local schools. Visiting Confucius Classrooms will also promote collaboration between the University and schools through more and better programs for K-12 students in Northern California, and will help connecting schools with the University.




Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University

旧金山州大孔院与中国驻旧金山总领馆教育组走进孔子课堂

2017年3月9日至10日,旧金山州大协理副校长吴彦伯、中国驻旧金山总领馆教育组杨军参赞、曾阳领事,旧金山州大孔院中方院长吴成年,共同走进北加州地区的四所孔子课堂。

3月9日,访问团一行首先来到旧金山州大孔院下属的西塞拉学校孔子课堂高陈秋敏老师的高中中文教室。整个教室充满着浓浓的中国文化元素,甚至有舞龙舞狮的全套道具。全班同学热情地用中文向来宾打招呼,并流利地齐唱中文歌曲,给来宾留下了深刻的印象。西塞拉学校所在城市洛克林市学监、西塞拉学校校领导和中文教师、西塞拉学校分校洛克林学区盖特威中小学(K-8)(Rocklin Academy Gateway)学校校长,与访问团进行了近1小时的座谈,大家讨论了当地学校发展中文项目的需求和接受汉办志愿者教师的签证问题等。会后,访问团应邀参观了西塞拉学校的分校洛克林学区盖特威中小学(K-8)(Rocklin Academy Gateway),该校目前正在招聘中文教师以发展中文教学。

图一:西塞拉学校孔子课堂

高访问团的第二站是旧金山州大孔院下属的纳托马斯特许学校孔子课堂,中文教师何锦雪正在组织学生进行分组认词语抢答的游戏活动,学生们在竞答中积极投入。纳托马斯特许学校校长与访问团进行了座谈,她介绍了该校与中国姐妹城市学校以及中国姐妹学校开展的艺术文化交流活动,今年4月她将继续带学校师生访问中国北京、山东。

图2:纳托马斯特许学校孔子课堂

3月10日,访问团来到了此行的第三站——位于加州最北端城市雷丁的旧金山州大孔院下属的大学预备学校孔子课堂。访问团参观了该校程标老师的中文班,程老师组织学生和来宾积极互动,鼓励孩子们每人要问来宾一个问题,孩子们积极踊跃,纷纷举手提问,和来宾进行纯中文交流,现场传来阵阵笑声。该校校长、中文教师与访问团进行了座谈,近些年该校中文项目发展稳定,学校体现出规模适度、高师生比的办学特点。

图3:大学预备学校孔子课堂

亚洲协会下属的雷丁艺术学校孔子课堂是此次访问团的第四站,该校孔子课堂已出色开展沉浸式中文教学项目。访问团参观了K-5年级实行沉浸式教学的各个中文班,孩子们热情大方地和来宾打招呼,字正腔圆地朗诵唐诗,神情专注地参加分组游戏等。该校校长在和访问团座谈时,分享了该校发展沉浸式中文项目解决教师、教材、课程设计等方面问题的做法与经验。

图4:雷丁艺术学校孔子课堂

此次走访的四所孔子课堂所在的学校都是北加州公立特许学校,属于美国蓝带学校或属于加州排名在10%以内的优秀学校,招生时都是供不应求,成为当地学生入学的首选或热门学校。四所孔子课堂所在学校校长都积极支持发展中文项目,他们由衷地感谢国家汉办、中国驻旧金山总领馆教育组、旧金山州大孔院对孔子课堂中文教学、中文教师的热心支持与帮助。

(旧金山州大孔院供稿)