The 3rd Annual Mandarin in Schools Conference attracted a record crowd of over 100 language educators, school administrators, and teacher trainers. Much of the draw was due to the timely and informative presentation by Brandon Zaslow and Maggie Chen of the California Foreign Language Project whose general session program explained how to implement the newly-adopted national Common Core State Standards into the K-12 Mandarin language classroom. (Their presentation materials are available below.)
Also of curiosity and interest was a joint presentation by the LMU Startalk team of Dr. Magaly Lavadenz, Irene Sy, and Danielle Zhu who demonstrated how to integrate arts and culture in content-based instruction. Everyone was urged to their feet to join in simple dance movements which was later followed by a "world cafe" of brainstorming and illustrating (on butcher paper) thoughts and ideas generated by the excercise.
Three workshops also took place that drew strong attendance. Irene Sy emphasized technology for the elemntary classroom in her presentation titled, "Making Students' Work come Alive with Digital Storytelling." Dr. Zhu Minqi addressed the secondary track educators in the audience with his presentation titled, "Task Design for Task-based Instruction." Finally, administrators were treated to a discussion panel on "Leadership in the World of Immersion and Foreign Language Programs." Moderated by Dr. Guillermina Jauregui of the International Studies Learning Center, the panel included Susan Wang of Broadway Elementary School, Cheuk Choi of Castelar Elementary, Dr. Jina Kim-Qvale of the Ambassador School of Global Education, and Dr. Magaly Lavadenz of Loyola Marymount University.
The International Studies Learning Center, an LAUSD high school, was the host venue for the conference. Under the direction of Dr. Guillermina Jauregui, a number of their students studying Chinese were on hand to direct people and volunteer in a number of capacities. Their hard work and the attractive facilities and classrooms made a very positive impression on all who attended.
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