Developing Chinese Language Teachers

Successful Chinese Programs: The Herricks School District Example

At Project DCLT's May 2011 forum, Dr. Lori Langer de Ramirez, Chairperson of Herricks School District World Languages/ESL Department, spoke about the keys to the success of Herricks' Chinese program.  Lillian Zhang, Chinese teacher at Herricks High School and NYU graduate, joined her to talk about the challenges and successes of teaching Chinese in a "Confucius Classroom". We also invited Bing Qiu, Chinese teacher at Bronx Science High School, to share his tips of preparing a tenure packet. Our May forum ended with a celebration for newly tenured NYU graduates Bing Qiu and Nicole Tsai, and for Pat Lo and the NYS ALBETAC at NYU.

Our special thanks go to students from Millennium High School who prepared food and treats for the Friday Forum, and also to Chinasprout for their sponsorship of the event.

Read Aloud Chinese Children's Book

Our Friday Forum began with a Read Aloud activity. Two current students in NYU graduate schools read two beautifully illustrated and written children's books that they made for one of their courses, Second Language Classroom.

View the video of this activity.

Successful Chinese Programs: The Herricks School District Example

Dr. Lori Langer de Ramirez, Chairperson of Herricks School District World Languages/ESL Department, shared with us the keys to the success of Herricks' Chinese program. Useful websites and tools were introduced. Exciting projects and activities designed by Elizabeth Yu Ellsworth, an experienced Mandarin teacher, were presented and shared with the audience.

View Lori Langer de Ramirez's Powerpoint presentation and video.

Projects for Chinese

Yun Zhang, a Mandarin teacher from Herricks School District, talked about the benefits and challenges of teaching in a "Confucius Classroom" Chinese program. Many exciting students' projects were presented. Yun Zhang also shared her experience of maintaining a good relationship with parents, and her strategies for teaching multi-level classes.

View Yun Zhang's Powerpoint presentation and video.

Getting Tenure

Bing Qiu, who teaches Mandarin at Bronx Science High School, talked about his recent, successful tenure application. He explained in detail in his presentation the important files and documents that he included in his tenure packet.

Nicole Tsai, another NYU graduate who currently teaches Mandarin in Long Island, also shared with us how she got her tenure last year.

View Bing Qiu's Powerpoint presentation and video, and Nicole Tsai's video

Celebrations for Pat Lo and the NYS ALBETAC in NYU

DCLT also extended our gratitude towards Pat Lo and the NYS ALBETAC at NYU for all the great collaboration DCLT and the ALBETAC have enjoyed over the past four years. As Pat Lo explains, it is cooperation rather than competition that makes Chinese programs in NYC strong and successful.

View Robin Harvey's presentation and video.