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Confucius Institute openings for interns and work study

The UB Confucius Institute announces internship or work study openings for undergraduate student assistants in the areas of marketing, event planning, translation, language tutoring, and research. Projects and responsibilities can be tailored somewhat to the goals of individual students and their course of study or departmental requirements for internship credit.

Job responsibilities could include some or all of the following:

  • Documenting Confucius Institute events through photographs and press releases
  • Assisting with writing and layout of annual Confucius Institute yearbook
  • Helping to develop the Confucius Institute’s website and social media
  • Designing promotional materials for upcoming events
  • Event preparation, including teacher workshops, academic conferences and lectures, performances and Chinese Language Club
  • Assisting with research related to conferences and other scholarly meetings
  • Researching new program opportunities
  • Language tutoring and assisting with community Chinese language classes (for students with advanced or native Chinese language proficiency)
  • Other tasks as needed

Interns may be eligible for up to 3 credits per semester, with approval from their department. Interns registered for 3 credits should expect to work an average of 9-10 hours per week throughout the semester. Upon successful review of the intern’s work and department approval, the internship may be continued in following semesters.

Students enrolled in the Sophomore Internship Program (UBE 496) or other internship courses may be required to fulfill additional requirements of UB Career Services or their departments.

Students eligible for work study can be paid according to standard work study pay rates and maximum hours.

The Confucius Institute office location is 113 UB Commons.

Preferred qualifications: intermediate proficiency or higher in spoken and written Chinese language; strong written English skills; experience with marketing/publicity or event planning; occasional availability evenings and weekends.

Students interested in this internship/work study opportunity should email a resume and cover letter/cover email to ubci@buffalo.edu or apply through Bullseye (postings 2959119 or 2958965).

Download a PDF of the internship/work study job announcement

Job opening at the Confucius Institute: Graduate student assistant

The University at Buffalo Confucius Institute announces a job opening for a graduate student assistant for the 2019-2020 academic year. Responsibilities are likely to include some or all of the following:

  • Providing logistical support at workshops, lectures, performances and other events
  • Designing marketing materials
  • Assisting with website content management
  • Helping orient new Chinese teachers (J-1 exchange teachers) to life in Buffalo
  • Writing event reports in English and Chinese
  • Translating proposals, correspondence, and other documents
  • Helping with administration of tutoring programs and evening language classes
  • Conducting research related to current or proposed programs
  • Daily office tasks

The student assistant will work approximately 10 hours a week, on average, during the semester. Additional hours (up to a maximum of 20) may be needed during busy periods, especially at the beginning of the semester; and fewer hours needed at the end of the semester. Some evening and weekend work will be expected.

Minimum qualifications: Advanced or native proficiency in spoken and written Mandarin Chinese; good written English skills; enrolled at the University at Buffalo for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Preferred qualifications: experience with event planning, marketing, language teaching, publication design software, photography and/or general office work.

Graduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences who plan to graduate no earlier than June 2020 are especially encouraged to apply. Graduate students in other schools at UB, as well as juniors and seniors with appropriate qualifications, may also be considered.

This is a paid, hourly position but does not include a tuition waiver.

The Confucius Institute office location is 113 UB Commons on the University at Buffalo North Campus.

Students interested in this position should email a resume and cover letter/cover email to ubci@buffalo.edu or apply through Bullseye (position # 2944945).

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Confucius Institute To Offer 30-Hour China Seminar for Teachers

The University at Buffalo Confucius Institute (UBCI) will offer a 30-hour “Understanding China” seminar for K-12 teachers, July 8-12, 2019. UBCI is organizing the seminar in conjunction with the Five College Center for East Asian Studies, the Buffalo Teacher Center, and the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA), which has been coordinating teacher seminars about China, Japan and Korea throughout the United States since 1998.

This 30-hour seminar provides teachers with content and resources to more effectively teach about Chinese history and culture. Western New York professors and other specialists present in-depth information and materials on Chinese history, geography, religion, literature, language, music and art.

The seminar is open to 20 teachers in Western NY who want to more effectively incorporate information about China into their curriculum. Elementary and secondary teachers of Social Studies, English, Art, Music, LOTE, librarians and administrators are encouraged to apply.

China 2019 NCTA flyer

China 2019 NCTA application

Participating teachers receive

  1. Quality instruction about China from leading experts in the field
  2. $150 in textbooks and primary source materials
  3. $150 stipend upon completion of seminar requirements
  4. One-year subscription to Education about Asia

Participants must agree to attend 30 hours of classes during the week long seminar (9:00-12:00 and 1:00-4:00 for five days); create a written implementation plan showing how information and resources from the seminar will be used in their classes; and implement their plan in the 2019-2020 school year.

To apply, participants should submit an application form, with a brief statement, and mail it to:

Bruce Acker, Associate Director
University at Buffalo Confucius Institute
520 Lee Entrance, Suite 113
Buffalo, NY 14228.

With questions, contact (716) 645-7919 or backer@buffalo.edu.

Summer 2019 Two-week Study Program in Beijing Announced

The University at Buffalo Confucius Institute (UBCI) is pleased to announce a short-term study program in China for current and former Chinese language students at the University at Buffalo and UBCI. Students at other universities in New York State are also eligible, if space is available. The program will be hosted by Capital Normal University (CNU) in Beijing, July 7-20, 2019, and involve Chinese language and culture classes at CNU and an excursion to the historic city (to be determined) in China. This program will be lead by Professor Yongbo Tian, lecturer in the Chinese Language Program at UB.

Capital Normal University will pay for tuition, meals, accommodations, domestic transportation in China, and most sightseeing activities. Program participants will be responsible for their own airfare, Chinese visa, travel insurance and incidental costs (e.g., snacks and souvenirs).

To be eligible to apply, participants must (1) be non-Chinese citizens who have studied Chinese for at least 3 months; and (2) have graduated from high school at the time of application. Students who have participated in a previous Confucius Institute short-term summer program are not eligible, but previous Confucius Institute scholarship winners may apply. There is no upper age limit for this program.

In order to apply you must complete the brief application form by Monday, April 15, 2019 and send it to ubci@buffalo.edu.

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With questions, please email ubci@buffalo.edu or call 716-645-9090.

2019 Confucius Institute Award Winners

Western New York Students Recognized for Success in Chinese Language Learning
UB Confucius Institute Presents Awards at Chinese New Year Celebration

2019 award winners are recognized at the opening ceremony of the Chinese New Year gala on February 9

Buffalo, N.Y. – At the Chinese New Year Celebration at the University at Buffalo on February 9, the UB Confucius Institute recognized top students in Chinese language programs from middle and high schools throughout Erie and Niagara Counties.

Thirteen students received the Confucius Institute’s annual Award for Excellence in Chinese Language Learning. These students were selected based on their consistently high level of proficiency in Chinese and enthusiasm for learning about Chinese culture. Seven awardees study at schools with Confucius Institute guest teachers from China and six attend schools with local Chinese language teachers.

The winners of the 2019 Awards for Excellence in Chinese Language Learning are:

Jack Dudek St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute
Ava Farkash Elmwood Franklin School
Ava Floss St. Benedict School
Vivian Hunt Nichols School
Jeffrey Mueller Canisius High School
Hailey Muscarella Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart
Angelina Olivera Lewiston Porter Middle School
Nicole Peunic Lewiston Porter High School
Julia Penchaszadeh Robert City Honors School
Gabriella Reynolds East Aurora High School
Clare Ring Nichols School
Eliot Solomon City Honors School
Mara Tysick Nardin Academy

 

Each student received a $100 gift card to Barnes and Noble Bookstore.

The Confucius Institute also gave awards to nine students for their presentations in the second annual Chinese Bridge Speech competition, organized by the Confucius Institute on February 2 at UB. In this competition, students recited a three-minute speech in Chinese and answered questions from a panel of judges. The format is modeled after national and international Chinese Bridge competitions.

The winners of the 2019 Chinese Bridge Speech Competition are:

Beginner level
First Place Brigid O’Rourke City Honors School
Second Place Avery White City Honors School
Third Place Nicole Peunic Lewiston Porter High School
Third Place Cho Cho Aye Nichols School

 

Intermediate Level
First Place Jack Dudek St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute
Second Place Mya Aye Nichols School
Third Place Liam Gavin Dell City Honors School
Third Place Grant Smith St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute

 

Advanced Level
First Place Vivian Hunt Nichols School

 

Both groups of students received their awards at a ceremony at the Confucius Institute before the Chinese New Year Celebration, then participated in the opening ceremonies of the performance gala in the Mainstage Theatre in UB’s Center for the Arts. The students introduced themselves in Chinese and wished the large audience happiness and good fortune in the New Year.

Following the opening ceremonies, the winners and their families joined the audience of about 1,200 people for a program of traditional and contemporary performances to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Pig. The show illustrated the dynamism of Chinese culture through music, dance, and martial arts. Performers included students from schools affiliated with the Confucius Institute, members of the Chinese Club of Western New York, and students from Gold Summit Martial Arts Institute.

The UB Confucius Institute supports Chinese language teaching at UB and in local K-12 schools, China-related research, teaching and artistic production at UB, and community cultural events that foster a better understanding of Chinese traditions and contemporary culture. Among its programs, the Institute places language teachers from China in schools throughout Erie and Niagara Counties. Currently, the Confucius Institute sponsors ten guest teachers in K-12 schools and two visiting professors at UB.

For more information about the Confucius Institute, email ubci@buffalo.edu, visit www.confuciusinstitute.buffalo.edu, or call 716-645-9090.

University at Buffalo Confucius Institute Cosponsors Series of Events to Celebrate Spring Festival 2019

Tai chi fan opens BPO performance of “Butterfly Lovers Concerto”

The University at Buffalo Confucius Institute organized and cosponsored several weeks of events in February 2019 to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Pig, also known in China as the Spring Festival.

February 2–3: Chinese New Year activity in Buffalo kicked off with two performances at Kleinhan’s Music Hall of “The Butterfly Lovers Concerto”, performed by the world-renowned Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra with guest artist Yang Wei on pipa. The UB Confucius Institute decorated Kleinhan’s to create a festive Chinese atmosphere for concert-goers and demonstrated Chinese calligraphy, paper-cutting and tea arts. Prior to the concerts, Confucius Institute teachers performed on the yangqin and guzheng in the lobby, and the Chinese Club of Western New York provided an impressive pre-concert performance of Chinese music and dance in the Mary Seaton Room.

City Honors students sing at Spring Festival Gala

February 9: On this Saturday afternoon, the University at Buffalo Confucius Institute and the Chinese Club of Western New York presented their annual Chinese Lunar New Year Gala on the Mainstage Theatre in the UB Center for the Arts. The program opened with a ceremony recognizing Confucius Institute student award winners, followed by acrobatic lion and dragon dances by Gold Summit Martial Arts Institute. The program continued with performances of traditional and contemporary Chinese music, dance, and tai chi by student and community groups affiliated with the Chinese Club and the Confucius Institute. The large crowd of about 1,300 people included students, parents and administrators from local schools, senior administrators from UB , members of the Chinese community, and other friends of the Confucius Institute.

February 11—15: In the week following Chinese New Year, the UB Confucius Institute organized a performance tour to local schools that host Confucius Institute teachers or house Confucius Classrooms. Performances included lion and

Gold Summit performs lion dance at Nardin Academy High School

dragon dances along with Chinese music and dance. The program included a saxophone performance of Jasmine Flower and Butterfly Lovers Concerto, as well as other famous Chinese songs performed on erhu and ocarina. At some schools, local teachers and students joined with the Confucius Institute performers to present their own renditions of Chinese songs and dances. In all, an audience of about 3,600 students, teachers and parents enjoyed performances at nine different schools.

February 16: The UB Confucius Institute was invited to participate in the Chinese New Year Celebration at the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls. Customers were greeted by teachers from the Confucius Institute, who demonstrated various art forms such as Chinese calligraphy, Peking Opera facial makeup, Spring Festival couplets, paper-cutting, diabolo, shuttlecock, and Chinese knotting.  Confucius Institute teachers and students also performed Chinese vocal and instrumental music on the guzheng, yangqin and ukulele, Chinese dance and tai chi (including tai chi fan). This event marks the third year in a row that the Confucius Institute has been invited to present Chinese cultural activities at the

Confucius Institute teachers demonstrate Yang ge handkerchief dance at Fashion Outlets

Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls. It is evident that the influence of these activities is increasing every year; this Spring Festival, the mall decided to display Chinese New Year billboards in some of its more prominent locations. More than 500 customers stopped by to watch, enjoy, and partake in the festivities.

For the Confucius Institute, Chinese New Year presents a wonderful opportunity to highlight and celebrate Chinese culture at the University at Buffalo and throughout the Western New York community.

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UB Confucius Institute 2018 Yearbook Now Available Online

The University at Buffalo Confucius Institute recently posted a copy of it’s 2018 yearbook online. The yearbook highlights significant events and programs throughout 2018 in the Confucius Institute’s three main areas of activity:

  1. Chinese language teaching at UB and in local K-12 schools
  2. China-related research and artistic production at UB
  3. Cultural events that foster a better understanding of Chinese traditions and contemporary culture on campus and in the community

READ THE 2018 CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE YEARBOOK ONLINE

To request a hard copy of the 2018 yearbook, please email ubci@buffalo.edu.

Chinese New Year Celebration at UB: Confucius Institute and Chinese Club to Welcome Lunar New Year

Buffalo, NY – The talent of Western New Yorkers of all ages will be on display on February 9 in the Center for the Arts on UB’s North Campus as people of Chinese heritage and many other cultural backgrounds come together to welcome the lunar new year.

The free public celebration, filled with Chinese music, dance, and martial arts, begins at 2:30pm in the Center for the Arts Mainstage Theater.

The popular annual event will feature student and adult groups affiliated with the Chinese Club of Western New York (CC-WNY) and the University at Buffalo Confucius Institute, as well as acrobatic lion and dragon dances performed by students from Gold Summit Martial Arts Institute and presentation of the UB Confucius Institute Awards for Excellence in Chinese Language Learning.

This will be the ninth year in a row that the Confucius Institute and CC-WNY have joined together to present a Chinese New Year celebration in the Mainstage Theater.

The celebration at UB comes a few days after the actual arrival of the lunar new year on February 5. One of 12 different animals represents each of the calendar’s annual cycles, with 2019 being the Year of the Pig.

Chinese people have many customs surrounding the lunar new year, also known as the Spring Festival. Among these traditions, families gather for a large New Year’s Eve meal; children receive gifts of money in red envelopes; and doors are decorated with couplets and signs wishing visitors happiness and good fortune (fu). Fireworks are often part of the celebration. In mainland China, many people watch the Spring Festival Gala on CCTV, a variety show featuring music, dance, martial arts, comedy, and other performance styles.

At UB, approximately 250 performers will take the stage during the February 9 program that will incorporate traditional and contemporary elements of Chinese culture. While many of the performers have been involved in Chinese arts their entire lives, others are Chinese language students in local schools who are learning Chinese performing arts for the first time.

“The students in local Chinese language programs supported by the Confucius Institute do a fantastic job onstage at this celebration. It’s very rewarding to see them engaged in learning not only language, but also Chinese performing arts,” says Zhiqiang Liu, UB professor of economics and director of the Confucius Institute. “And obviously there is tremendous talent and pride among the Chinese community. This event is special because it brings Chinese and non-Chinese people together for a wonderful celebration to showcase their talents and renew friendships.”

In addition to the lion and dragon dances, performances will include energetic dancing by elementary-age children, dynamic contemporary dances by middle school and high school groups, and sophisticated performances by adult musicians and dancers, interspersed with choral groups of many different ages and Chinese language backgrounds.

“The Chinese Club is pleased to be partnering once again with the Confucius Institute on the 2019 Chinese New Year celebration,” says Zhen Liu, CC-WNY president. “In the past two years we also extended our culture programs from the big stage to face-to-face engagement. Our mid-autumn festival, for example offered all participants the opportunity to make mooncakes and dumplings, in addition to trying Chinese painting, calligraphy, and other arts.”

This joint Chinese New Year celebration and many other Confucius Institute and CC-WNY events throughout the year provide valuable opportunities for Western New Yorkers to come together to engage with Chinese culture and learn about China past and present.

UB International Education Week Events Reported by Xinhua News Agency

Buffalo, NY – The University at Buffalo Confucius Institute (UBCI) organized and co-sponsored six programs as part of International Education Week, celebrated at the University at Buffalo (UB) the week of November 12-16, 2018.

Among the week’s highlights was an Amazing Chinese Opera show on Friday evening, November 16, in Slee Hall, performed by artists from the Confucius Institute of Chinese Opera at Binghamton University (SUNY). A large audience enjoyed the beauty, athleticism and splendor of Beijing opera pieces like The Hu Village, The Money Tree, and the Drunken Royal Concubine.

International Education Week is an annual initiative of the U.S. State Department and Department of Education to celebrate and promote international education and exchange. At the University at Buffalo, International Education Week introduces members of the UB community to the diverse perspectives of other cultures; increases students’ cross-cultural awareness and knowledge; and highlights the university’s international programs and global impact.

International Education Week has been coordinated by the UB Office of International Student Services since 2001.

Reporters from Xinhua News Agency in China accompanied the Binghamton performers and submitted articles about the performance and International Education Week at UB.

Ancient Peking Opera finds new fans in New York

U.S. University celebrates Chinese culture in International Education Week

The week-long series of events offered an opportunity to emphasize the Confucius Institute’s university-wide impact on teaching, research, scholarly exchange and cultural programing about China at UB.

In addition to the Beijing Opera program, Confucius Institute activities that were organized for International Education Week included:

  • An information session on scholarships for study in China, with presentations by recent Confucius Institute scholarship winner and graduate student in the UB Department of Philosophy Conor McMahon; UB Confucius Institute Associate Director Mark Yin; and UB Assistant Director of Fellowships and Scholarships Megan Stewart.
  • A symposium in conjunction with the Office of Global Health Initiatives on Cardio-metabolic Health in the 21st Century: A Global Agenda, featuring keynote speaker Simin Liu, professor of Epidemiology, Surgery and Medicine at Brown University.
  • A panel on Career and Collaboration Development for International Students and Scholars, also in conjunction with the Office of Global Health Initiatives, with Simin Liu, professor of Epidemiology, Surgery and Medicine, Brown University; Jian Feng, professor of Physiology and Biophysics, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; Jiwei Zhao, assistant professor of Biostatistics, UB School of Public Health and Health Professions; and Ajay Anand Myneni, assistant director of Surgery, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
  • A film screening of The Third Way of Love and discussion of Chinese understandings of family and cultural values, in conjunction with the Graduate School of Education.
  • An International Coffeehouse, organized by the Office of International Student Services, with Confucius Institute contributions of a calligraphy table and Chinese refreshments.

In addition to its valuable role supporting teaching and research about Chinese language and culture at the university, the UB Confucius institute supports Chinese language teaching in K-12 schools by providing teachers from China in association with Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) and with Confucius Classroom funding; and organizes cultural program about China at the university and throughout the Western New York region.

In 2018, nearly 5,000 students throughout the Buffalo area studied Chinese language in programs supported by the University at Buffalo Confucius Institute.

Article by New Confucius Institute Teacher Zou Ke Published in China

The following article by Zou Ke, a new Confucius Institute teacher in the Lewiston Porter Central School District, was published in the Confucius Institute journal and then republished by the People’s Daily (Overseas Edition). Teacher Zou describes her initial experiences in America and explains the process of adapting to the American school setting. The article appears below, first in English, then in Chinese.

An Observant and Conscientious Chinese Teacher Comes to Buffalo

On August 23, 2018, with my heavy luggage and best wishes from my family and friends, I arrived in the United States and started my new journey of Chinese education as a Confucius Institute guest teacher in Lewiston Porter Primary School.

Lewiston is a quiet and beautiful town near the famous Niagara Falls. As an adventurer thrust into a new work and living environment, I have needed to adapt actively to so many things.

Time always flies so fast with fulfilling work. It’s hard to imagine that I have been in the United States for more than a month already. With the warmhearted support provided by directors of the University at Buffalo Confucius Institute and my colleagues, I am settling well into my daily life and education work.

Before I came to the United States, I had been an English teacher for 12 years. But here I am very green. As a newcomer, more observation and more questions become the most direct way for me to gain more experience.

At the same time, I have been trying my best to draw on my previous language teaching experience to help with the present teaching tasks. I have put a lot of effort into the details of establishing a positive learning environment, managing the classroom and teaching Chinese. I hope my methods can help ignite students’ interest in leaning and facilitate study of Chinese language and of China itself.

Elementary educators in the United States pay lots of attention to the learning environment of the classrooms. Every classroom reveals something about the unique style of the teacher. Even though there is a big diversity of styles, there are some common elements of classroom settings, such as colorful decorations and clearly-divided areas in the room.

After observation, in addition to the original Chinese-style classroom, I decorated the classroom with more colorful frames and English letters, and the favorite Chinese animal of American kids—the panda. I also divided the classroom into different areas in order to make the classroom clearer and more vivid for students, so it will be pleasant when walking into the Chinese classroom.

Lewiston Porter is a highly-regarded local public school in which teachers provide clear rules and expectations for student achievement and behavior. However, kids can still be little trouble-makers in the class. After observing classes of the former Chinese guest teacher and American teachers, I established the classroom rules on the first day. Those rules are very detailed, including how to properly raise hands to answer questions and excuse themselves to go to the restroom. I reinforce those rules with my students in every class and consistently enforce them.

Since I need to teach 20 classes, I write down special comments on the roster for each class in order to be able to recognize my students’ names as quickly as possible. Practice has proved that’s very helpful for management of my teaching. During class time, it’s common to see two or three students sitting together on the carpet and having side conversations that can distract the class. At the Confucius Institute teacher workshop at the University at Buffalo in September, a teacher shared a very useful method of keeping students in their own spot. The method is basically to use tape to divide the carpet into grids and have students sit inside assigned grids. That method efficiently prevents students from squeezing together or having too much physical contact. I found this method is very useful after I tried it in my classroom.

In addition, I greet or have simple conversations with my students in Chinese outside of the classroom before class, or use a rhythmic Chinese song to start class. Those steps are all helpful to quickly getting students into a learning frame of mind and increasing their sense of ritual.

I teach 20 classes in Lewiston Porter. The majority of my students are from 5 to 8 years old, including kindergarten and classes with multiple ages. Students who are young in age generally can only concentrate for around 20 minutes in class, and then tend to feel very tired if they keep studying beyond that time.

I try to design every class with interesting activities based on the students’ age range. These students are very actively participating in class activities, so teachers need to be patient in giving opportunities for every student to present his or her own ideas instead of shutting down students during the class period. Organizing hands-on activities serves this function. Besides providing detailed instructions in the beginning, more patience is needed in guiding students so that every student can successfully finish the work and enjoy the sense of achievement.

American teachers in the school are very enthusiastic. Sometimes, I will also go to the school cafeteria after class, taste each kind of food, and praise the cook for the delicious chicken they cooked the day before.

Besides that, having conversations, sharing funny stories with local teachers, and participating in all kinds of cultural and charitable events are all helpful for me to blend into American culture. As a new teacher, I hope I can make a positive contribution to Chinese education. As long as you always observe and are attentive to details, there are always new and fantastic experiences waiting for you.

 

做汉语教育的“多心人”

邹可 孔子学院院刊 《孔子学院》2018年10月14日
2018年8月23日,我拖着行李,带着家人和朋友沉甸甸的祝福来到了美国,在纽约州立布法罗大学孔子学院下设孔子课堂Lewiston-porter 小学部做中文访问教师,开启了汉语教育的新旅程。Lewiston是一个美丽安宁的小镇,离著名的尼亚加拉大瀑布不远。初来乍到,新的环境,新的工作伙伴,有很多事情需要主动去适应。充实的时间总是过得飞快,不知不觉已经在美国工作一个月整了。在孔子学院院长和各位同事的热心帮助下,目前生活与教学已经基本稳定下来。接受汉办的委派前,我只是一名普通的小学英语教师。作为一个并不年轻的“新人”,多观察,多开口问成为我获取经验的最直接途径,并力求能与自己原有的语言教学经验结合起来。基于儿童心理、生理和认知特点,我在环境创设、课堂管理和教学等各方面上着重细节,希望能激发学生的学习兴趣,有助于更好地开展汉语教学。
在环境创设上用心
美国小学教师十分注重教室的布置,每间教室虽然极具教师的个人风格,各有亮点,但基本都具备两个共同点:色彩丰富,区域分明。我在教室原有中国风的基础上加入了一些彩色字母、边框装饰和美国儿童最喜爱的“大熊猫”,并将分成了几个版块,希望能做到鲜明清晰,让学生乐意走进中文教室。
在课堂管理上细心
Lewiston-porter是当地一所不错的公立学校,老师对学生的日常行为规范要求比较严格。但是也难免会有一些小调皮“欺负”新老师。在观察了前任汉语老师和其他美国老师的课堂后,上课的第一天我就立好了细致的课堂规则,比如说如何举手回答问题,课堂上如何请假上卫生间等等。并在以后的课堂反复强调、一以贯之;由于有二十个任教班级,我将每个班的花名册细分在folder上,并作一些特殊备注,争取能尽快叫出学生的名字。实践证明,这会对教学管理有非常大的帮助;课堂上经常有两三个要好的孩子挤在一起坐在地毯上,难免相互聊天影响听课。在9月份布法罗孔院组织的的教师培训中,李岩老师分享了一个很好的经验,用胶带将地毯分割成小方块,让孩子坐在各自的区域,这样既解决了拥挤的状况,又减少孩子之间的肢体接触。尝试以后,我感觉这个小点子很有效,在此也与大家分享一下。另外,上课前在教室门口用中文和每一个孩子问好或者简单对话,或者用一首朗朗上口的中文歌作为教学的开始,这些也是迅速使学生进入学习状态、增加仪式感的好方法。
在教学过程中耐心
在Lewiston-porter,我的教学对象主要是5-8岁的孩子。普通低龄孩子的注意力大概能保持20分钟左右,再持续学习就会感觉疲惫。在我的二十个教学班级中,有Kindergarten的小娃娃,刚刚开始学习英文字母;也有混合年龄班Muti-age的孩子,年纪各不相同,其中有的还是特殊学生。每堂课我都分年龄段设计一些有趣味的教学活动。当地孩子参与课堂活动的积极性非常高,所以教师要耐心的让每一个孩子都能够有表现自己的机会,千万不能让孩子在课堂上感到沮丧。进行手工活动时亦如此,除了动手之前给出详细指令,更要耐心的给予每一个孩子指导,让每一个孩子都能做出成功的作品,享受成就感。
在其他方面留心
学校的美国教师都很热情。在课余,我也会走进食堂,尝试每一种食物,夸一夸阿姨昨天的鸡肉很好吃;与本土老师们聊天玩笑;参与学校各种文化与募捐活动,尝试融入他们的文化。作为一个新老师,我真心感谢孔院的院长及学校各位老师的引领。希望能为汉语教学尽小小一份力,只要留心,处处都是新体验,也想把这最初的教学心得与大家分享。
作者简介:
邹可,湖南省长沙市实验小学英语教师,英语教研组长。现任教于美国纽约州立布法罗大学孔子学院下属Lewiston-Porter孔子课堂。