Teaching Chinese Through TPRS Workshop on March 21-22, 2015

TPRS-POSTERAre you currently a Chinese teacher? Or do you want to become one? The Confucius Institute at the University of Delaware and the Delaware Chinese Teachers Association (DECTA) present a Chinese Language Pedagogy Training Workshop, featuring “Teaching Chinese Through TPRS” with Dr. Terry Waltz.

Dr. Waltz has specialized in TPRS and Comprehensible Input-based instruction for Mandarin Chinese since 2000, and is the leading Mandarin Chinese TPRS specialist presenter in the US today. She serves as the TPRS Lead Teacher and Trainer at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa’s STARTALK program. Dr. Waltz is the author numerous TPRS-friendly 1st and 2nd year level-appropriate Chinese readers, including the Zhongwen Bu Mafan! Textbook. She is the originator of directional semantic/tonal gestures, the TOP system of tonal spelling, and the Cold Character Reading approach to Chinese literacy for CSL/CFL learners. Dr. Waltz holds a Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education and dual MA degrees in Chinese Linguistics and Mandarin/English Conference Interpretation.

Dates: March 21-22, 2015
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Purnell Hall 116 on the University of Delaware Campus
Direction and parking instruction to Purnell Hall can be found here.

The workshop is open to the University of Delaware students and employees and DECTA member for FREE and $20 per person for other parties. Workshop certificate will be issued. Seats are limited. Register now below.

Chinese Corner and Chinese Movie Club at the CI

The Confucius Institute is proud to announce two programs to the general public for anyone who is interested in learning Chinese language through conversation or Chinese culture in movies : a weekly Chinese Corner and a bi-weekly Chinese Movie Club.

chinesecornerThe Chinese Corner program mainly focuses on conversations. It was first launched in January 2014 and just held its 35th session on the past Monday Feb. 23rd, 2015. The CI has decided to expand the program to more UD and community Chinese learners. Each session lasts about an hour and has either a topic, or a sentence structure, or a story-telling assignment for the participants to practice. Some examples of past topics include weather, directions, seasons, colors, geography, the word “了(le)”, “谁(who)”, “什么(what)”, “怎样(How)” and etc. We try to arrange individual Chinese native speakers as language partners for the participants. The current language partner and participant ratio is 1:2.

Chinese Corner program takes place on every MONDAY between 5:00 and 6:00 pm in the Confucius Institute Conference Room at 121 E Delaware Avenue. The next evetn day is Monday March 2. Space limit: 15 people.

screening-clipart-movie-clip-art-3The Chinese Movie Night program focuses on contemporary  Chinese culture through motion pictures (movies or documentaries).  Each session lasts about two hours with a brief background introduction at the beginning and a a discussion session after the movie. Example of choices of movies to be shown include many less popular in the western market but influential ones in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong or the east Asia such as Ang Lee’s 1993 movie “The Wedding Banquet, Xiaogang Feng’s 2001 movie “Big Shot’s Funeral”。

Chinese Movie Club program takes place on every other WEDNESDAY from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in the Confucius Institute Conference Room at 121 E Delaware Avenue. The next event day is Wednesday Feb 25th. Space limit: 15 people.

Both programs are open FREE to the community. Since space is limited, registration at least two days prior to the event day is REQUIRED. Please direct all regitration to Mr. Ji Wu at wuji@udel.edu.

Inauguration of Delaware Chinese Teachers Association

DElaware Chinese Teachers Association (DECTA) was inaugurated on Saturday September 7, 2013 on UD campus. The Inauguration event attracted more than 50 participants from the tri-state area, including Delaware State officials, scholars, teachers, students, and community supporters.

DECTA is a collaborative effort supported by University of Delaware’s Confucius Institute and the Chinese Program in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, and the Delaware Chun Hui Chinese School, Chinese School of Delaware in Hockessin, Friend’s School in Wilmington and other local schools.

The purposes of the DECTA are as follows:

  • To promote and cultivate the instruction of Chinese language and culture in the Delmarva and the greater Philadelphia region academic mainstreams.
  •  To serve as the primary contact for state governments, school districts and independent schools on Chinese language and culture educational related issues.
  • To provide a forum for the members to share and exchange their experiences and information in Chinese language and culture related teaching and administrative affairs.

The constitution and by-laws of the DECTA were passed unanimously by all voting members.

Dr. Xiao Liu from the State Department of Education gave a keynote speech on Delaware’s World Language Immersion project and the certification requirements and procedures as well as  job opportunities for Chinese teachers.

Professor Wei Lu, Co-Director of the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University also gave a lecture on “Access and Application of Online Chinese Language Instructional Resources”.

Dr. Shuhan C Wang, renounced Chinese language educator,  Executive Director for Chinese Language Initiatives at the Asia Society, and former Education Associate for World Languages and International Education for the Delaware Department of Education, also attended the inauguration and shared her insights in teaching Chinese in the United State, finding career path as a Chinese teacher and balancing work and life.

Representative from Delaware Council On The Teaching of Foreign Languages (DECTFL) also presented and congratulated the establishment of DECTA.

Nine people were elected to serve on the Board of Directors for DECTA on the inauguration day. They are:

  • Dr. Jianguo Chen,  Associate Professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Delaware, Director of the Confucius Institute, Director of the Chinese Program.
  • Dr. Hseuh-Ming Tommy Lu, Principal of Chinese School of Delaware.
  • Dr. Xiao Liu, Chinese immersion instructional specialist at the Delaware Department of Education.
  • Ms. Carrie Fang, Principal of the First State Chun Hui Chinese School, Program Coordinator at the Confucius Institute at the University of Delaware
  • Dr. Chungmin Maria Tu, Assistant Professor of Chinese Studies in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Delaware
  • Ms. Zhiyin Renee Dong, a faculty member at the Department of Foreign languages and literatures and doctoral candidate in psycholinguistics at the University of Delaware.
  • Ms. Chiachyi Chiu, Chinese teacher at St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, Delaware.
  • Ms. Yue Wang, Chinese teacher at Wilmington Friends School.
  • Ms. Yueyue Fan, doctoral candidate in learning science at University of Delaware and Chinese teacher at the Chinese School of Delaware.

Board of Directors Elected, with Dr. Shuhan C. Wang.

All participants on the DECTA’s inauguration event.