BYU Chinese Flagship Teacher Training Workshop

6-Day TRAINING JUNE 19 - JUNE 24, 2017

Purpose of Workshop

The proposed BYU Chinese Flagship Teacher Training Workshop will provide training for 12-15 participants from the community of academic personnel in existing Chinese Flagship Programs, including Project GO Centers, across the country. Participants will engage in a 6-day training from June 19 through June 24, 2017 on the BYU Campus in proficiency-driven and learner-centered classes that will enable them to implement effective teaching strategies at their respective Flagship Programs. Participants will learn advanced-level foreign language pedagogy including curriculum planning, lesson development, materials review and adaptation, assessment tools utilization and tutor training strategies. The highly-qualified BYU Chinese Flagship Teacher Training Team will consist of BYU Chinese faculty, the Flagship Director, the Flagship Lead Instructor, the Flagship Managing Director and the Center for Language Studies Director. The training team will work collaboratively and devote adequate effort in preparation for the grant project as detailed in the narrative to ensure optimal use of their time and meet project goals and objectives. Participants with the highest need of training will be recruited and selected among the current Chinese Flagship programs including Academic Directors, Flagship Instructors and Tutor Coordinators. Selected participants will lodge at BYU housing and be provided meals at the campus cafeteria. Airfare, transportation and other travel related costs will be provided by the grant project. The workshop will cover a variety of topics that will address different aspects of intermediate and advanced level teaching strategies. The budget requested is reasonable and will provide sufficient resources and materials needed to adequately manage and implement the project.

Objectives of Workshop

  • Objective 1: To enable participants to conduct proficiency-driven and learner-centered classes, so that they can implement these effective teaching strategies in their Flagship Programs.
  • Objective 2: To train participants in issues of advanced-level foreign language pedagogy.
  • Objective 3: To provide structured and guided training in curriculum planning, lesson development, materials review and adaptation, and assessment.
  • Objective 4: To provide opportunities for participants to teach classes (micro-teaching practicum) to fellow participants and receive feedback.
  • Objective 5: To provide training in tutor preparation and how to best utilize tutors to enhance the Flagship courses.

Participate in advanced-level foreign language pedagogy: curriculum planning, lesson development, materials reviews and adaptation, assessment tools utilization and tutor training strategies

All Chinese Flagship programs are encouraged to send directors, academic directors, Flagship faculty, tutoring staff, and coordinators to this Workshop. You will participate in advanced - level foreign language pedagogy: curriculum planning, lesson development, materials review and adaptation, assessment tools utilization and tutor training strategies.

Teacher Training Team

Dana Scott Bourgerie

Dana Bourgerie is a Professor of Chinese in the Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages. He earned his Ph.D in East Asian Languages in 1991 from The Ohio State University. He also taught one year at his Alma Mater before arriving at BYU. He has been a Fulbright Scholar at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, a visiting lecturer at City University of Hong Kong, and is an adjunct professor in the Overseas Education College at Nanjing University in China. His research interests are in language variation, sociolinguistics, Chinese dialects (especially Yue), and language acquisition. He is currently doing research on the language of the Chinese diaspora in Southeast Asia and on non-standard varieties of Chinese. He also is doing work on the assessment of advanced Chinese learners. Professor Bourgerie is a past president of the Chinese Language Teachers Association and served as the founding director of the Chinese Flagship Center at BYU since its inception in 2002 until Fall 2013.

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Matthew B. Christensen

Dr. Christensen received his B.A. from Brigham Young University in Chinese with a minor in International Relations in 1988. He participated in BYU’s first ever China Study Abroad program at Nanjing University in 1985. He received his M.A. in 1990 and Ph.D. in 1994, both from The Ohio State University in the field of Chinese linguistics. Following his graduate studies, he was hired as director of a Cantonese language project at Ohio State University where he worked for a year developing a Cantonese textbook series. He has been teaching at BYU since 1995. Dr. Christensen is also the Director of the Chinese Flagship Program and has been working with that program since its inception in 2002.Selected Publications: Decoding China: A Handbook for Traveling, Studying, Working and Living in Today’s China. Tokyo, Rutland, VT, Singapore: Tuttle Publishing. 2013. 288 pages. English Grammar for Students of Chinese. Ann Arbor, MI: The Olivia and Hill Press. 2010. 115 pages. “Cultural Sensitivity and Lifelong Learning.” Co-authored with J Paul Warnick. In The Pedagogy of Performing Another Culture. Minru Li, ed. Columbus, OH: Foreign Language Publications. 2010. “Bringing Culture into the Chinese Language Classroom Through Contextualized Performance.” In Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language: Theories and Applications. Michael Everson and Yun Xiao, eds. Boston: Cheng & Tsui. 2008. “你好 and Greeting Strategies in Mandarin Chinese.” Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association. Vol. 41, No. 3, October 2006, pp. 19-34.Performed Culture: An Approach to East Asian Language Pedagogy Columbus, OH: Foreign Language Publications, National East Asian Languages Resource Center. 2006. 255 pages. Coauthor: J Paul Warnick. “Anaphoric reference in spoken and written Chinese narrative discourse.” Journal of Chinese Linguistics. 28.2, June 2000, pp. 303-336. Spoken Cantonese: Performance and Acquisition. Columbus, The Ohio State University: Foreign Language Publications. 1995. Coauthor: Xiaobin Jian.

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Xinyi Wu

Dr. Xinyi Wu was born and raised in Nanjing, China. She received her Ph.D. in Comparative and International Development Education from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Her research interests include cultural foundations of education, educational policy and practice, critical discourse analysis, curriculum development, and language assessment. She is particularly interested in the issues of ethnicity, ethnic identity, educational inequality, cultural reproduction and production in education, and academic engagement and performance. Prior to joining the BYU Flagship team, she has taught Chinese in the Confucius Institute at Minnesota, Defense Language Institute at Monterey, California, and in the Asian and Near Eastern Language Department at BYU. She also worked as a language proficiency test assessor as well as a Chinese intensive course developer and immersion specialist. She is happy to return to BYU and prepare Flagship students to be culturally and linguistically competent before their pursuit of China-related careers in the future. She enjoys reading, traveling, hiking, biking, and cooking.

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Dr. Wang Shupei

Received her Ph.D. in Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University in August 2007 with research emphasis: Second Language Acquisition (Chinese emphasis). Her dissertation topic: An analysis of grammar (syntactic) errors and attrition by adult native English speaking learners of Mandarin as L2. She received an M.A. in Language Acquisition (Chinese Emphasis) from Brigham Young University and a B.A. in Chinese literature and Linguistics, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan. University Awards: Karl G. Maeser Professional Faculty Excellence Award in 2013 and the Douglas R. Stewart Teaching and Learning Faculty Fellowship in 2016. Professor Wang’s professional interests include second language acquisition, attrition, and pedagogy, and Chinese media course and curriculum design. Her interest in integrating multimedia technology into classroom teaching has grown out of her recent experience in designing a project. Because becoming more adept in Mandarin TV news broadcasts is an essential requirement for advanced students. She has also collected and designed a set of materials for teaching Chinese through television news especially for them.

Dr. Ray Clifford

Dr. Clifford is the Director of the Center for Language Studies and Associate Dean of the College of Humanities at Brigham Young University and the BYU Flagship Teacher Training Grant PI. He is a former chancellor of the Defense Language Institute (DLI). As Associate Dean, Dr. Clifford coordinates the College’s activities in areas such as testing, assessment practices, language acquisition, and graduate Studies, including serving as the College representative to the University Curriculum Council, serving as the College Graduate Administrator. As Director of the Center for Language Studies, he promotes the acquisition of world languages for multiple professional purposes, including sponsoring language courses in over 50 less-commonly-taught languages, and developing assessments tools to support College-wide instruction and research. In addition, Dr. Clifford has published numerous articles on teacher development, language proficiency assessment, curriculum design, computer assisted instruction, and educational program administration. The total number of speeches and workshops he has given on language-related topics exceeds three hundred. Most of these presentations have been to national, regional, and state teacher organizations, while others have been to groups as diverse as the Senate Subcommittee on Education, Arts, and Humanities; the National Commission on Excellence in Education; and the U.S. Department of Education, National Advisory Board for International Programs.

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Rita E. Cortez

Rita is the Managing Director for the BYU Chinese Flagship Center and is responsible for budgeting, federal reporting, federal grants administrations, staffing, and all other administrative functions of the Center. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Texas-San Antonio. She has over 20 years of experience in high level management as PI and director of 8 federally funded grant and state funded projects that served hundreds of students. She has experience at the undergraduate level as well as with secondary students in preparation for university study. She oversaw academic enrichment programs (including summer residential components and doctoral level-summer research projects) for first generation and economically disadvantaged students in preparing them for college success and eventual doctoral studies. She hired, trained, and evaluated professors of mathematics, science (physics, engineering, logic, chemistry, etc.), English, and foreign language programs (Spanish and Latin). She also oversaw tutorials, and worked closely with tutors, academic specialists, and academic support staff. She enjoys cultural arts, cooking, reading and music.

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