On March 3, the Confucius Institute at the University of Utah (CIUU) hosted a workshop for local Chinese teachers, with training focusing on “Teaching Strategies that Enable Higher-Order Thinking.” Over 60 teachers attended the workshop and had the opportunity to hear from keynote speaker Henny Chen, coordinator for UC Berkeley’s STARTALK program and recipient of The Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools 2014 Outstanding Chinese Teacher Award.
To begin the training, Confucius Institute Director Fusheng Wu welcomed teachers to the workshop, and Confucius Institute Coordinator Shin Chi Fame Kao explained the schedule for the day.
During the workshop, Henny Chen presented on the “6 Ps of Language,” where she explained the differences between performance and proficiency and discussed strategies to improve student results on American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) evaluations like the Oral Proficiency Interview, Writing Proficiency Test, and Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages. Through her lecture, Ms. Chen analyzed theissues facing Chinese language teaching in America and explained multi-dimensional ways to encourage higher-order thinking. Teachers were then able to use these theories and methods first-hand by participating in realistic demonstrations.
Henny Chen delivers her lecture
In her speech, Ms. Chen was able to break down complex concepts and teaching methods, and the teachers appreciated her humorous and engaging lecture.
In the afternoon, teachers split into groups based on grade level to learn specific strategies to encourage higher-order thinking in the classroom. Teachers shared their own experiences to learn from each other’s strengths and challenges, and CIUU organized a raffle drawing to encourage participation in these activities.
Since its establishment ten years ago, CIUU has supported Chinese language teaching and culture activities throughout the state of Utah, and especially pushed to expand the Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program in elementary schools. Teacher training workshops like this one help to support the DLI program by providing teachers the support and resources they need to give quality instruction.
You can find the original Chinese version of this article here.
You can find materials from the March Teacher Training, including presentations and video footage of lectures, in our Teacher Training Archive.