Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University

Confucius Institute at SF State and the Affiliated Confucius Classroom
Successfully Hosted 2017 Spring Workshop on Chinese Teaching

March 11, 2017, Sacramento, CA

Confucius Institute at SF State and the affiliated Confucius Classroom at Western Sierra Collegiate Academy (WSCA) successfully hosted 2017 Spring Workshop on Chinese Teaching focusing on the THEME - Rhyme it! Act it! Speak it! – on Saturday, March 11 at CSU-Sacramento. 60 Chinese language teachers from K-12 schools and colleges/universities across Northern California.

Jiaxin Xie, Director of Confucius Institute at SF State and Peggy Kao, Chinese teacher from Confucius Classroom at WSCA delivered welcome remarks as kick-off of the event, inviting speeches by Education Counselor Jun Yang from Consulate General of the P.R. China in San Francisco, Mr. Scott Crosson, Vice Principal of WSCA, and Dr. Curtis Dean Smith, Chair of Foreign Language Department of CSU-Sacramento.

Picture1-Education Counselor Yang Jun

To support affiliated Confucius Classroom at WSCA to expand services and resources for Chinese teaching to more schools in big Sacramento Area, CI at SF State invited Ms. Jian Gao as presenter at 2017 Spring Workshop. Ms. Gao has been teaching Mandarin in the USA for over 30 years, beginning teaching college students at UC-Berkeley and moving to Massachusetts to teach all levels of Chinese courses from K to 12th grades. As recommended by fellow Confucius Institute colleagues, Ms. Gao is not only an experienced Chinese teacher, but also an expert in designing effective teacher training and compiling appropriate teaching materials. Based on her longtime and rich experience in teaching Chinese in America, from university to K-12 schools, from west coast (Berkeley) to east coast (Boston), Ms. Gao explored and developed an effective teaching method called RAS (Rhyme it! Act it! Speak it!), using rhymes in all aspects of her instructions to make Chinese learning easy and fun and motivate all students to achieve impressive outcomes.

Picture 2-Presenter Jian Gao

Five-hour Workshop includes three sessions. In the first session, the presenter demonstrated her method of Rhyme it! Act it! Speak it! Ms. Jian Gao introduced some of her 200 rhymes, conversation rhymes, catchy chants and skits to the participants at the workshop. All teachers were very active in following presenter to move into a wonderful and enjoyable situation for learning the language. That’s method “RAS” she used in her classroom for many years. In the second session, Language Aims and Classroom Games, Ms. Gao shared her experience and practice in teaching Chinese characters, structures, and mostly used sentences. She believed that it was students’ first priority in high schools to learn the authentic and standard language for their future studies in universities. The last session covered Classroom Management. She always interpreted and described the phrase “Classroom Management” in a school setting as “Creating Sunshine Culture” for and with the students, symbolizing the teacher as the sun, and students as the flowers.

Picture 3- Teachers in the workshop

The Confucius Institute prepared some raffle books as awards to both the presenter and participating teachers. The workshop came to a successful closing after a few months’ promotion and cooperation. All participants felt excited and inspired by Ms. Jian Gao’s teaching method and skills. They are ready to apply what they have learned from the presenter to their own teaching. They appreciated Confucius Institute at SF State and the affiliated Confucius Classroom for organizing such an impressive and productive workshop. They expected that we would offer more opportunities for them, long-time followers of the workshops, to further enhance their knowledge and teaching skills.




Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University

旧金山州大孔院与西塞拉学校孔子课堂共同举办春季中文教学工作坊

2017年3月11日,旧金山州大孔院与下属的西塞拉学校孔子课堂在沙加缅度州立大学举办春季工作坊,邀请到波士顿地区资深中小学汉语培训教师高健主讲歌谣汉语教学。工作坊由旧金山州大孔院谢家新院长和西塞拉孔子课堂汉语教师高陈秋敏共同主持。中国驻旧金山总领馆杨军参赞与曾阳领事、西塞拉学校副校长Scott Crosson先生、沙加缅度州立大学外语系主任史国兴教授等嘉宾和当地近60名大中小学汉语教师、长期支持中文教学的华媒集团公司负责人出席了工作坊开幕式。杨军参赞结合前两天走访北加州五所中小学(其中有四所孔子课堂)的感受,热忱表示总领馆教育组将继续支持当地中文教学的发展。Crosson副校长和史国兴教授分别代表地方学校发表的热情的讲话,他们很高兴看到现场有这么多的中文教师, 期待与当地的中文教师增进交流与合作。

图一: 集体合影

高健老师曾在加州大学伯克利分校教大学生汉语,后来移居到波士顿,先后在一所私立高中和一所公立高中教汉语。在这两所高中任教期间,高老师屡创奇迹,选她汉语课的学生人数超过了选修西班牙语的学生人数。2008年,她带领3名非亚裔学生参加世界中学生汉语桥大赛,取得了团体第二名的好成绩。她培养的学生中,现在已有3人成功地当上了美国本土汉语教师。如何让美国青少年乐于学中文?她在多年的教学实践中,摸索出一套行之有效的韵味足、易上口的歌谣汉语教学法,激发学生学习汉语的热情,大大降低学习汉语的难度。

高健老师在培训当天培训分成了三个单元共5个小时。第一单元是“汉语歌谣教学法”。在教学理念上,高老师主张汉语教师要“三心二意”(即爱心、童心、匠心、创意、随意),指出“你的学生就是你的教案”。她以自创的歌谣带着现场参训教师一起轻松愉快地打着节拍、做着动作、操练着汉语。根据教学内容与学生的水平,高老师编写了200多首歌谣用于汉语教学。第二单元是“语言目标与课堂游戏”。现场演示的游戏活动包括画说汉字、认字比赛、表演歌谣、巧用英文图画书、创作歌谣等,互动环节气氛高涨。第三单元是“课堂管理”。高老师分享了课堂管理的要领:上课前几分钟让学生尽快入境;教学活动过渡要建立操作习惯;下课前在快乐中结束。她认为教师要用心建立积极的教室文化:老师做教室里的太阳,学生才会在教室里快乐地成长。

图二: 高健老师在培训

高健老师拓展了TPRS(全身反应讲故事)教学法,即歌谣(节奏韵律)+TPRS+游戏活动,充分展示了汉语与汉语教学的时尚魅力。旧金山州大孔院最后还为现场的学员们举办了抽奖活动。培训活动结束后,学员们纷纷称赞高老师的培训内容精彩实用,让大家受益匪浅,衷心感谢旧金山州大孔院与西塞拉孔子课堂精心组织此次工作坊。不少当地汉语教师已经成为旧金山州大孔院师资培训活动的忠实“粉丝”。

图三: 参加工作坊的获奖教师合影

(旧金山州大孔院供稿)