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2016 Autumn CLTA-WPA & Chinese Teaching Symposium Was Held At Carnegie Mellon University

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2016 Autumn CLTA-WPA & Chinese Teaching Symposium Was Held At Carnegie Mellon University

Release time: 2016-10-28author:

(Reported

by the Confucius Institute at the University of Pittsburgh

Reporter:

Tang Cheng, Liu Chen, Lou Tianxiao)

On October 16,2016 Autumn CLTA-WPA & Chinese Teaching Symposiumwas held at

Carnegie Mellon University. It was organized bythe Chinese

Teachers Association of West Pennsylvania(CLTA-WPA) and co-sponsored by

the Confucius Institute at the University of Pittsburgh (CI-PITT). Prof. Wu

Sumei (Department of Chinese, Carnegie Mellon University) and Vice Chairman Yu

Yueming (Director of the Department of Chinese, Carnegie Mellon University)

presided over the meeting. A total of 120 Chinese teachers and students from

Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh were invited to

participate in the symposium. Prof. Xiao Ying, Director of CI-Pitt, and ten CI-Pitt

Chinese volunteer teachers attended the symposium.

The symposium lasted from 9:30 a.m. to

2:30 p.m. It was separated into two venues. A total of 21 Chinese teachers

shared their teaching experiences. Ms. Wang Haixia, the graduate student

assistant of CI-Pitt, introduced the importance of Chinese songs in teaching, which

are of great interest to the students while they are learning Chinese. She also

emphasized that we should focus on simplifying the songs to make them fit the

class. Lei Zhechao, the volunteer Chinese teacher of CI-Pitt, gave a

presentation about her independent study “The Strategy of Teaching the Verb ‘打’in a Second Language,” which triggered a lively

discussion. Liu Shijuan from Indiana University shared a case study on

successful language learning processes, and discussed with teachers about successful

learning methods which will promote language teaching.

In addition, three teachers from CMU,

Zheng Xiangyao, Zhou Difan and Han Yiting, conductedon-siteteaching simulation, showing a wonderful teaching site, which is lively and

interesting. Prof. Yuyue Ming stressed that we should pay attention to the

distribution of the target language and the mother tongue, and try to use the

target language more to help students feel the target language context.

CLTA-WPA was established in Pittsburgh in

May 2014 with the assistance of CI-Pitt. Dr. Guo Tingting, the former Chinese

Director of CITT, and Prof. Xiao Ying, the Chinese Director of CI-Pitt, are the

board members of CLTA-WPA. CLTA-WPA has successfully hosted five Chinese

teaching seminars since its inception, which has helped the Chinese teachers of

Pennsylvania in academic exchange and resource sharing. CLTA-WPA will join

forces to promote the development of Chinese language teaching in Pennsylvania.

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