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2017 Minnesota Chinese Language Teachers Conference

On October 27, the Confucius Institute hosted Dr. Dali Tan, an Associate Professor of Chinese at Northern Virginia Community College as our keynote for our tenth Annual Minnesota Chinese Language Teachers Conference. Dr. Tan's lecture was titled, "Takeoff in Learning: Practical Differentiation Strategies for All Learners in the Chinese Classroomm" and drew in an audience of over 60 educators. Dr. Tan utilized the painting "Along the River During the Qing Ming Festival" as an example of an authentic Chinese teaching material. With this example, she shared the differentiation of input and output concerning Chinese teaching instructional design, teaching methods, studying assessment, and how to assign students learning tasks based on different language levels in order to achieve the best teaching effect with students. All in attendence engaged in good discussions.

Additionally, Franz Chen of Ponddy Education provided a bried demonstration of their smart textbooks and representatives from the University of Minnesota's Chinese Language Flagship Program,and College in the Schools also spoke to the group.

 

2017 Confucius Institute Day: A Window on China

In celebration of Global Confucius Institute Day, CIUMN hosted a Chinese painting and calligraphy exhibit on September 21 at the McNamara Alumni Center. A Window on China featured works by painter, Daiping Xiong, and calligrapher, Jin We. Both artists traveled to the U.S. from China to showcase their exhibit, which included pieces made especially for this exhibit. Before coming to Minnesota, both artists showcased their works to audiences in Alabama and Arkansas.

In addition to time dedicated for visitors to view the gallery, visitors also had the opportunity to converse with artists about their works, enjoy a reception, and listen to a lecture in Chinese while both artists demonstrated painting and calligraphy. The night ended with two lucky winners taking home art pieces created during the lecure and demonstration. One of the giveaways was a beautiful ink painting of Minnesota. More about the exhibit program and artists here.


Announcements

New Hours for the CIRC

The Confucius Institute Resource Center will have new hours beginning the week of November 20, 2017 until the week of January 16, 2018.

The new hours will be Monday-Friday, 8:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:30pm. No evening hours.

Professional Development Workshop

Topic: Coordinating a Trip to China
Date: December 9, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Presenter: Alice Yang
Learn more and register here!

China Day 2018

Save the date: February 8, 2018

Details to be announced soon!
Stay tuned.


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