This summer, North Central College’s Chinese program and Xilin Asian Community Center of Naperville cosponsored a series of four workshops for teachers of Chinese. Some were held on the College’s campus. Titled “Chinese Teacher Workshops: Enhancing Effective Language and Culture Teaching,” the series seeks to develop a community of Chinese teachers and foster pedagogical growth and exploration.
Topics covered general technologies for language learning and teaching, methodologies for various contexts, approaches to teaching Chinese culture and general professional skills.
Speakers included North Central faculty members Norval Bard, professor of French and chair of modern and classical languages; Mellisa Biles, lecturer in Spanish; Monica Vuksanovich, visiting assistant professor of Spanish; and other instructors and faculty from the University of Chicago. Jinai Sun, North Central visiting assistant professor of Chinese, was coordinator. Participants included instructors of Chinese from local elementary to high schools, community schools and colleges.
The fourth planned session in the series will take place Aug. 11, with Biles presenting the keynote, titled “What can we learn from Spanish teachers?” Because local Chinese language professionals have been so enthusiastic about the teacher workshops, the series will be extended into the fall.
For more information visit sites.google.com/site/chineseworkshops2012.