2019 Fall Teacher Training Workshop

2019 Fall Teacher Training Workshop

Dates: Nov. 2 - 3, 2019
Venue: KMC 605


Participants will learn about and practice developing evidence-based practices that are associated with high levels of student learning. In particular, participants will be able to:

  • utilize effective teaching methods and techniques in teaching Chinese as a second language;
  • maximize their cultural experience as CI/CC teachers;
  • acquire tips, tools and strategies to survive the transition from Chinese to American school for new CI/CC teachers;
  • foster effective team-based collaborative learning in large and small classes;
  • facilitate effective classroom management strategies to establish and maintain high behavior expectations and promote student success;
  • motivate students to participate in Chinese scholarship programs and HSK tests.

Program and Schedule

Session 1:  Language Teaching Methods and Techniques: Specific Examples with Chinese as a Foreign Language
Julia MacRae, Portland State University
9:00 am – 12:00 noon, Nov. 2 (Sat)

Session 2: Doing Culture: An Experiential Approach to Maximizing Your CI Experience 
Martha Ortiz, Northwest Chinese Academy
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Nov. 2 (Sat)

Session 3: Surviving the Transition from Chinese to American Schools: Tips, Tools, and Strategies for New CI/CC Teachers
Jian Wang, Portland State University
9:00 am – 11:00 am, Nov. 3 (Sun) 

Session 4: Working Collaboratively towards Effective Classroom Management: Problems and Experiences 
Yu Wang, Confucius Institute at Portland State University
11:00 am – 12:00 noon, Nov. 3 (Sun)


Julia MacRae is the Assistant Director of the China Partnership Programs at PSU's Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science and a Senior Instructor at the Intensive English Language Program at PSU. She is also the Academic Coordinator of the Jilin Province Summer Teacher Training Program at PSU. Julia has taught English as a foreign and second language in the U.S, Japan, and China. She regularly visits China to conduct teacher training workshops at universities across Jilin and Henan Provinces, and Nanjing. Her linguistic interests include American English pragmatics; her teaching interests include student engagement, intercultural communication, and reflective practice.

Martha Ortiz, currently the Head of School of Northwest Chinese Academy (Aloha, OR), is an Educational Administrator who is focused on innovative language learning.  She has served as the Director of the Secondary Division (grades 6-12) at Tsinghua International School, Beijing; as International Principal at Wahaha Bilingual School, Hangzhou; and as Founding Principal of Wahaha International School, Hangzhou.  She has designed courses in Intercultural Communication for Chinese university students and studied Intercultural Communication by focusing on communication among individuals, within and across organizations, and between governments. Martha earned a BA in Chinese Language and Literature at Wellesley College and received an MA in International Educational Development from Columbia University’s Teachers College. 
Jian Wang is an Academic Librarian, Professor at Portland State University (PSU), and the former CI Director at the Confucius Institute at PSU. She is also a subject librarian for the Applied Linguistics Department, helping students with their research needs. Jian has taught English as a foreign and second language in China and the U.S. prior to her academic librarianship career. In recent years, she has offered workshops and training to CI/CC teachers.

Yu Wang is a visiting professor from Soochow University, China. She serves as Co-Director at Confucius Institute at Portland State University since Feb. 2019. Her research interests include second language acquisition, second language writing, and CDST perspective to second language research. She has a BS in English for Specific Purposes from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China) and an MA and PhD in Applied Linguistics from Nanjing University (China).

CI/CC All-Staff Meeting
Nov. 3 (Sun), 2019

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm     CIPSU Rules and Regulations (Yu Wang)
1:30 pm – 1:50 pm     HSK/YCT Tests (Yu Tian)
1:50 pm – 2:10 pm     Scholarship Programs (Sheguo Wang)
2:10 pm – 2:30 pm     Cultural Events (Kailiang Lyu)
2:30 pm – 2:45 pm     Certificate Awarding Ceremony

Submitting Registration
All CI/CC teachers affiliated with CIPSU are required to register for the workshop. To register, please fill out the 2019 Fall Teacher Training Workshop Form

Registration Rates
Advance (by 11/1/2019):         $200
Onsite/Late (after 11/1/2019):  $300
Note: Fees include coffee break, lunch for two days, and training materials. 

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