DCLT Spring 2009 Forums

Developing Chinese Language Teachers

DCLT Spring 2009 Forums

May 2009 Forum:  Teaching Chinese Through Games


Forum member teachers submitted games they have used successfully in the classroom, and volunteered to teach the rest of us how to play. We divided into small groups to experience the games as our students do in the classroom. We all learned so much from our volunteer teachers, thank you again for sharing your knowledge with us!

 April 2009 Forum:  Education in the US and China: A Comparative Perspective


Dr. Wang Juefei of The Freeman Foundation shared his considerable knowledge of the US and Chinese education systems with us. More details have been posted on our  blog.

March 2009 Forum:  Classroom Management: Real Stories from Real Teachers


A great discussion which presented us with many ideas and solutions to issues we all face in the classroom. Many thanks to our presenters, teachers Lily Shen, Li Trotter, Nicole Tsai, and Jianlan Zhao.

February 2009 Forum:  Music to My Ears: Using Songs to Teach Chinese


Project DCLT, NYC ALBETAC and CLTA-GNY joined forces to present this workshop on using music to teach Chinese. Presenter Zhang Hong of Binghamton University had us all on our feet singing. We learned to project our voices (to the back of the classroom!) and discussed how to use songs in our own classrooms to improve pronunciation, fluency in speaking, and language retention.

January 2009 Forum: Technology for Chinese Teachers: Learning, Communicating, and Connecting (at China Institute)


James Rolle of The Fieldston School showed us how to use Voicethread to create listening and speaking opportunities, and China Institute previewed its new Online Resource Center.

Robin Harvey presented a workshop, “Creating Effective Project-Based Learning” at the NYC OELL’s annual LOTE conference, “World Languages Education for Our Future: Curriculum, Practices, Resources, and Technology”  at Brooklyn Tech High School. More than 20 teachers of foreign languages, including Chinese, attended the presentation.

The dual language Kindergarten and First Grade at P.S. 163 in Queens celebrated Chinese New Year with song and dance. Project DCLT was privileged to join Principal Lucius Young, staff, families, and students at their charming celebration.