The UCLA Confucius Institute supported 8 local Chinese teachers who are currently Mandarin Teaching Scholars in our Program to attend the annual Chinese Education Conference in San Francisco. This conference was hosted by the Chinese American International School (CAIS) and co-sponsored by Hanban – UCLA Confucius Institute.
The teachers visited Chinese classes at several local K-12 public schools on April 9, and had a fruitful discussion with the experienced teachers. On April 10 and 11, our scholars participated in a variety of workshops led by professional teachers and ranging in scope from classroom technology to instructional strategies and resources to name a few.
The UCLA Confucius Institute also exhibited a variety of Chinese textbooks, posters and other teaching materials and attracted lots of participants. In addition, the Executive Director Dr. Susan Jain, together with the Santa Monica-Malibu School District Chief Academic Officer Dr. Sally Chou, Wendy Cheong from the San Francisco Unified School District and Dr. Ji-Mei Chang from the San Jose State University hosted a workshop to introduce the first draft of the Instructional Guide for teaching Mandarin to teachers a current project organized and developed by the UCLA Confucius Institute.. Attendants present were divided into three groups based on the grade levels (K-2, 6-8 and 9-12), they discussed templates and offered constructive feedback. Thanks to their thoughtful input, we look forward to continuing our work and creating a thoughtful guide to assist all Mandarin Teachers in teaching Mandarin in compliance with the newly passed World Content Standards.