Leading the Field

October 26, 2017

CAIS presenting at Chinese Innovation Forum 2017

Two years ago, CAIS helped found the Chinese Innovation Forum in Monterey, with the purpose of promoting innovative teaching in Chinese. This month a CAIS contingent attended and presented at the 2017 Chinese Innovation Forum in Seattle at the University of Washington, including:

  • Chinese Language Specialist Chiung-Wen Chang
  • Chinese Program Director Kevin Chang
  • Chinese Learning Specialist Ena Chen
  • Chinese Content and Tech Specialist Adam Ross
  • First Grade Teacher Nyah Wang

Learning Language Through Play

The lower school team (Ms. Chang, Mr. Chang, Ms. Chen, and Ms. Wang) presented on learning language through game playing and toy making— the CAIS Summer Camp curriculum. They provided samples of the games and toys students make and use, such as flying toys, table games, spinning games, and puppets (which the students create identities for and introduce to each other in Chinese). Chinese Program Director Kevin Chang was thrilled to share, “The presentation was very well received; other conference attendees called CAIS ‘ahead of everybody else’ in innovative Chinese teaching and even asked to take the toy and game samples back with them to their own schools.”

Project Based Language Learning in Chinese

Humans of Beijing PBLLAdam Ross presented on Project Based Language Learning (PBLL), with a focus on trying to find appropriate Chinese translations for key terms. As he explains, “There are even many different ways to translate ‘project based learning,’ there is no real consensus here.” His presentation sought to define PBLL in the scope of a language and culture focused curriculum, and to present on what CAIS already has done, and is currently working on implementing, in the Middle School.