Forest Hills Public Schools Mandarin Chinese immersion teachers, Yiling Cumings, Xiaomeng Ni, Qianxi Jiang, and Yuqi Zhao will be presenters at the National Chinese Language Conference in May in California. Zhao will work with a California Chinese language teacher and an Arizona Chinese immersion teacher to talk about improving Chinese reading proficiency. In their session they will introduce how Chinese teachers use authentic materials, brain-based teaching strategies, and technology tools to improve K-12 students’ Chinese reading proficiency. They will demonstrate how to engage students in daily reading practice by using high-frequency vocabulary and structures, along with personalized questions and answers. In addition, they will provide examples of how to write and edit class appropriate reading materials, and how to ask effective literal and inferential questions. The teachers will introduce how to incorporate culture into reading instruction to equip the students with the knowledge to assess the meaning of a text. By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to use scaffolding skills to strengthen students’ reading accuracy and fluency in order to help develop students’ higher-order thinking skills.
Cumings, Ni, and Jiang will co-present on effective math teaching methods and strategies in 50/50 dual language immersion K-4 classrooms. They will start their session with a brief introduction of their program and explain the differences between learning math in China and the United States. Their presentation will focus on math teaching methods, such as storytelling and games in the lower elementary level, and number talk in the upper elementary level. They will review effective strategies, math lesson structures, explain how they integrate the Chinese language in math lessons and discuss challenges in both lower and upper elementary levels. They will also provide advice for new teachers and will save room for a question and answer period at the end.
Congratulations to these teachers for helping share the art and passion for teaching in a Mandarin Chinese immersion program.
The National Chinese Language Conference is organized by the Asia Society and The College Board.