Teachers' Training

General Information

Confucius Institute hosts annual Teacher Training workshops at the end of August every year. These workshops are for current and prospective Chinese Teachers and Social Studies Teachers in New Jersey and the greater New York/Philadelphia area and are run by language education specialists. Past topics and workshops have covered technology and storytelling in Chinese, teaching of Chinese Characters, Food Security in China from their Rural to Urban Transformation.

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                               Pictures from previous teacher training workshops
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CIRU 2017 Workshops

2017 Teacher Training Workshops
4th CIRU K-12 Chinese Language Teachers Training Workshop
Topic: Communicative Chinese Language Teaching
Presenters: 
Professor Fuhua Liu & Dongdong Chen

This workshop presents an innovative approach to the learning of Chinese along the lines of Communicative Language Teaching (CLT). The ideas of CLT are to provide a supportive student-centered learning environment in order to develop learners’ communicative competence. Creating meaningful activities is an effective way to promote communicative Chinese teaching. Both presenters will discuss teaching methods of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language to the K-12 students in the US nationwide, focusing on the teaching and practicing of grammar, pronunciation, characters and vocabularies. Teaching of Chinese listening, speaking, reading and writing together with some interesting activities will be provided in the workshop. Participants of the workshop will learn how to design engaging activities that will help learners to handle the difficult features of Chinese pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar.

Friday, September 1, 2017 8AM-6PM
43 College Avenue,  New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Scott Hall, Room 116
*Parking is available in College Avenue Lots 26, 30, and the College Avenue Parking Deck
For more information, please see here or download the flyer here for the workshop schedule.

REGISTRATION: To register, please go to “Course Search” on the Rutgers Continuing Studies website https://ce-catalog.rutgers.edu/search.cfm and choose “Confucius Institute at Rutgers” under the search option “Department”.

Archives


2016


This workshop has been rescheduled as a Fall 2016 Seminar. 
2016 Interdisciplinary Summer Institute on Contemporary China for K-12 Educators
Topic: The Chinese 'Cultural Revolution' (1966-1976): Origins, Politics, and Impact
Presenter:Professor Bai Di

2016 marks the 50th years since the launch of the "Cultural Revolution" by Mao Zedong in May of 1966. This movement was extremely disruptive for individual Chinese as well as Chinese society as a whole and continues to spark discussions about its manifold impact on contemporary China. This workshops aims at providing background information about the event and introduces the various ways in which the Cultural Revolution is conceptualized and contextualized in the current scholarship about the period. The workshop will include discussions of the Cultural Revolution as a historical event, representations of the event in literature and historiography, period style in performing and graphic arts, and the Cultural Revolution in relation to contemporary China.


Thursday, September 1, 2016 8AM-6PM

510 George Street New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Murray Hall Room 113
*Parking is available in College Avenue Lots 26, 30, and the College Avenue Parking Deck
For more information, please see here or download the flyer here for the workshop schedule.


This workshop will proceed as scheduled.
9th Annual K-12 Chinese Language Teacher Workshop - Registration Open

Topic: Rhyme It! Act It! Speak It!
Presenter: Ms. Gao Jian
The integration of motivation, imagination, movement, and emotion vastly accelerates language acquisition and enhances greater internalization and comprehension. The presenter will introduce her unique rhythmic approach to teaching Chinese that provides the most enjoyable and motivational learning experience for all students. She demonstrates how rhythm and rhyme, when accompanied by relevant everyday language , can result in permanent language retention. Participants will snap their fingers and tap their feet while exploring the power of the three 'R's in language instruction: rhyme, rhythm, and repetition. They will benefit by learning to use rhymes in all aspects of language instruction: vocabulary, grammar, speaking, listening, pinyin, and accent.

Friday, September 2, 2016 8AM-6PM
510 George Street New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Murray Hall Room 113
*Parking is available in College Avenue Lots 26, 30, and the College Avenue Parking Deck
For more information, please see here or download the flyer pdf here (95 KB) .


For information on previous workshops, please check the Archives tab.


REGISTRATION: To register, please go to “Course Search” on the Rutgers Continuing Studies website https://ce-catalog.rutgers.edu/search.cfm and choose “Confucius Institute at Rutgers” under the search option “Department”.

2015


This workshop has been rescheduled as a Fall 2015 Seminar.
2015 Interdisciplinary Summer Institute on Contemporary China for K-12 Educators
Topic: Globalization and Local Essences: The Traditional Chinese Garden and the Built Environment in Contemporary China
Presenter: Frank F. Sabouri (AIA, LEED, AP, NCARB)
We will explore traditional Chinese garden design and its relevance for the development of the built environment in contemporary China. Traditional garden design emphasizes the holistic and complementary nature of the physical and human environmetn, integrating polar opposites such as the small vs. large, real vs. illusory, bent vs. straight, the needs, desires, and aspirations of a people in search of harmony, balance, and self-actualization. Traditional Chinese gardens are more important than ever as they embody and preserve a deep cultural memory that can be drawn on in the contemporary period in anchoring the large-scale transformation of modern Chinese society in local practices and knowledge. The speaker will first explain the aesthetics of the traditional Chinese garden and its rich cultural heritage and then introduce a number of projects in China that he was personally involved in to discuss the ways in which globalization and the local essences can be brought into a fruitful dialogue.

Thursday, August 27, 2015, 9:00 am-6:00pm
615 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ
Hardenbergh Hall A2
For more information, please click here.


Friday, August 28th workshop is on as per scheduled.

6th Annual K-12 Chinese Language Teachers Workshop
Topic: Using Authentic Materials for in Chinese Language Teaching and Assessment
Presenter: Professor Hongyin Tao (University of California, Los Angeles)
Authentic materials are critical in improving learner proficiency in a target language and are thus an integral part of many recent language standards such as the 2015 ACTFL World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages. Yet it can be problematic to determine what constitutes authentic materials and how to incorporate authentic materials in the curriculum. In this workshop, we will focus on both theoretical issues as well as practical issue in dealing with authentic materials in language teaching and learning.

Friday, August 28, 2015, 8:00 am -6:00pm
615 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ
Hardenbergh Hall A2
Please note the location change to Hardenbergh Hall A2
For more information, please see here.

2014


4th Interdisciplinary Summer Institute on Contemporary China for K-12 Educators
Topic: China's Rural-to-Urban Transformation: Implications for Food Security and Rural Well Being in China and Beyond
Presenter:
Ann Anagnost (Ph.D), University of Washington, Seattle
China's new policy target to move 250 million peasants to newly constructed urban centers by 2020 has raised concerns about China's future food security and loss of livelihood for rural people. This year's Summer Institute will reflect on the implications of the new great leap forward in urbanization for China's food security and rural well-being and discuss the implications of China's development. The presenter will provide a broad overview of the topic and lead workshop attendees in exploring current discussions and relevant primary surces that could be used in high school social studies classes.

Thursday, August 28, 2014 8:00AM-6:00PM
617 George Street New Brunswick, NJ
Campbell Hall A-4
For more information, please see document here (202 KB) .


7th Annual K-12 Chinese Language Teachers Workshop
Topics: Storytelling: Using Authentic Materials and Technology in Teaching Chinese; The USMA Chinese Curriculum and K-16 Articulation; The Teaching of Chinese Characters in the Chinese as Foreign Language Classroom: Models and Best Practices
Presenters: Frank Lixing Tang, New York University; Martha Gallagher, United States Military Academy, West Point; Fuhua Liu, Jilin University, Visiting Professor, Rutgers University
This year's Chinese language teachers workshop explores different aspects of Chinese language pedagogy including the use of authentic materials and technology for storytelling in Chinese, K-16 articulation and its implications for the high school curriculum, and models and best practices in teaching Chinese characters to students without Chinese background. Experts from the U.S. and China will share with us their insights into these topics and provide workshop participants the opportunity to engage in same hands-on training.

Friday, August 29, 2014 8:00AM-6:00PM
43 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ
Scott Hall 201
For more information, please see pdf here (78 KB) .

2013



6th Annual Chinese Language Teacher Training Workshop
Topic: The Common Core and Curriculum Design for K-12 Chinese Language Programs"

Morning Session:  
8:00-8:50 am Registration and Networking

8:50-9:00 am Welcoming Remarks by Prof. Dietrich Tschanz, Rutgers University  
9:00 am–12:00 pm Morning Session by Ms. Cheri Quinlan, NJ Department of Education
10:30 am Coffee break
12:00-1:30 pm Lunch (included in course registration fee)

Afternoon Session:

1:30 pm-2:30 pm News from the profession and Hanban/CIRU by Dietrich Tschanz
2:30-5:30 pm Afternoon Session by Prof. Dongdong Chen, Seton Hall University
 5:30-6:00 pm General Discuss

Please see flyer for details

Friday, August 30, 2013 8:00AM-6:00PM
43 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ
Scott Hall 201

2012

2nd Annual Interdisciplinary Summer Institute for K-12 Educators
Topic: Cities and City Planning in Modern China
Presenters: Nancy Steinhardt, University of Pennsylvania; Thomas Campanella, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Michael Santoro, Rutgers Business School; Seo-Ryeung Ju, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Yvette Hsieh, Rutgers University
Over the last 30 years, China has experienced a profound economic, technological, soceital and cutural transformation at a scale and pace unprecedented in world history. The depth of this transformation is nowhere more visible in the rapid urbanization of Chinese society. While only a few decades ago, approximately 80% of the Chinese people lived in the countryside, by 2012 "China's urban population surpassed that of rural areas for the first time in the country's history" (Bloombery News, Jan. 17, 2002). In this year's Summer Institute, we will explore how the Chinese authorities, city planners, architexts, entrepreneurs, and the common people have shaped or were affected by this process, and how Chinese society as a whole has changed as a consequence of this recent onslaught of urbanization.

Friday, June 22, 2012 8:00AM-6:00PM
43 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ
Scott Hall 101


5th Annual Chinese Language Teacher Training
Topic: Assessment and Articulation for K-12 Schools
Presenter: Dr. Yu-Lan Lin, Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools (CLASS)
This workshop will define the differences between test and assessment as general background information and delve into nature and characteristics of each and the rationale for shifting from test to assessment. Using Grant Wiggins' three stages of Backward Design will be used as a model to demonstrate the way to collect acceptable evidence through assessment. Participants will have the opportunity to design tasks that will collect students' learning outcomes as well as designing holistic and analytical rubrics.

Friday, August 31, 2012 9:00AM to 6:00PM
43 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ
Scott Hall 101

2011

1st Annual Interdisciplinary Summer Institute for K-12 Educators
China Behind the Headlines

Presenters: Tanja Sargent, Rutgers Graduate School of Education; Mingwei Liu, School of Management and Labor relations, Rutgers; Richard Wilson, Rutgers University; and Weijie Song, Rutgers University.
The summer institute aims at providing the background information on contemporary China necessary to understand and assess the information on China disseminated by the news media. The institute will in particular focus on four broad areas: Chinese business and finance, Chinese-American relations, Chinese education, and changes in the daily life of Chinese in the 21st century. Each topic will be discussed by a prominent expert on contemporary China who also will introduce participants to the relevant scholarship on the topic and provide guidance in selecting source material suitable for K-12 social studies courses.

Friday, July 8, 2011, 9:00AM-6:00PM


4th Annual Chinese Language Teacher Training Workshop
The Past and Future of the Instruction of Chinese in the US

Friday, August 26, 2011
Location: Scott Hall, Room 101
Presenters: Chih-P'ing Chou, Princeton University; Lening Liu, Columbia University
Chih-P'ing Chou spoke about "The Past and Future of the Instruction of Chinese in the US" and introduced the history of Chinese language education in the US and emphasized the importance of focusing on the contemporary customs and let students develop a proper understanding of contemporary China. Lening Liu spoke about "Instruction of Chinese Linguistic Elements" and elaborated on the education of Chinese linguistic elements.

Friday, August 26, 2011 8:00AM-6:00PM
43 College Avenue New Brunswick, NJ
Scott Hall Room 101

2010


3rd Annual Chinese Language Teacher Training Workshop
Topic: Finding the Right Textbook; How to Integrate Technology into Chinese Language Instruction; and Teaching Skills Preparation for Chinese Language Teachers
Presenters:
Dr. Bai Di, Drew University; Dr. Dongdong Chen, Seton Hall; Dr. Xurong Kong, Kean University; Ms. Robin Harvey, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, New York University
The workshop will discuss various topics. Session 1 with Dr. Bai Di will discuss "Finding the Right Textbook." Session 2 will discuss "How to Integrate Technology into Chinese Language Instruction" with Dr. Dongdong Chen. Session 3 will explroe "Teaching Skills Preparation for Chinese Language Teachers" by Dr. Xurong Kong and the last session will investigate "Effective Project-Based Learning - Using Projects, Plays, and Songs in the Chinese Language Classroom" with Mr. Robin Harvey.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010 9:00AM-6:00PM
43 College Avenue New Brunswick, NJ
Scott Hall Room 220

2009


2nd Annual Chinese Language Teacher Training Workshop
Presenter: Dr. Bai Di, Drew University
Topic: The workshop will cover the following key topics: 1) The use of 5C's framework in developing lesson plans 2) The use of traditional stories and incorporate it into literacy development and 3) theme based unit planning.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009
43 College Avenue New Brunswick, NJ
Scott Hall Room 201

2008


1st Annual Chinese Language Teacher Training Workshop
Presenters: Lucy Lee and Janice Dowd
Topic: This workshop will provide information on second language acquisition, in particular, the Chinese context, and also information on methods and strategies used to teach young, non-native speakers. The presenters, Lucy Lee and Janice Dowd will discuss immersion in the content-based teaching stressing the use of communicative modes in the target language. In the afternoon, attendees will have time to work on developing a content-based lesson

Tuesday, August 26, 2008
43 College Avenue New Brunswick, NJ
Scott Hall Room 219

Hanban Sponsored


Overseas Chinese Teachers Training Program 2016

Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) is sponsoring an overseas training for Chinese teachers. Tuition, teaching materials and accomodation are covered.

Application Requirements
Applicants must be Chinese language teachers in authorized schools, non-Chinese nationality, under 60 and in good health condition.

Fees
Tuitions, teaching materials expenses and accommodation (double room) are covered by Confucius Institute Headquarters/Hanban. Round-trip tickets shall be covered by applicants.

Registration, Verification, and Admission
1. Visit the Hanban website (http://www.hanban.org), select the Teacher Training, and fill out your information
2. Submit the Application Form (download pdf here (127 KB) ) to CIRU either via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or postal mail (24 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901) for recommendation

For more information, please see pdf here (280 KB) .