BEST PRACTICES TEACHER TRAININGThe Best Practices Teacher Training equips Mandarin educators with a toolkit of instructional strategies based on inquiry-based teaching and learning. The trainings are interactive and allow teachers to learn both the practical side of lesson planning and standards alignment. Our instructors rely on the principles of Backward Design as they teach Mandarin language instructors on the importance of backward mapping, goal setting and organization of curricula, assessment design, and instructional planning and lesson design. We then wrap that with the Better Chinese approach to language learning;
a balanced approach that helps students ask the essential questions that are critical to self discovery and developing a love for learning the language.LEVERAGING TECHNOLOGY FOR CHINESE Leveraging Technology for Chinese is a hands-on workshop that demonstrates how teachers and administrators can create an interactive language learning classroom through the use of various digital devices and applications. Our teacher trainers are tech-savvy professors, teachers, and language experts who educate instructors on the use of the Discovering Chinese Pro iPad app or to use the company’s integrated online learning system for progress reporting and/or assign lessons and homework to students virtually. We have provided the “Creating an iPad Classroom” training to instructors as far away as Hawaii and as close as through the StarTalk program in Palo Alto, California.