The Mandarin Chinese Language Practice Group (LPG) was established in May of 2012. Teacher representatives (which included certified, exchange and community-based teachers) met with Dr. Rebecca Sapien-Melchor, SAILN site director and Anne Chu, Confucius Institute, Coordinator, San Diego State University and LPG lead facilitator, Xe Chu, Fellow, SAILN Project. A SWOT (Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats) needs assessment was conducted for Mandarin Chinese teachers working in public school Confucius Classrooms and private Community-Based Saturday schools, Grades K-12.
Needs identified among Mandarin Chinese Teachers are:
- Lack of Mandarin Chinese teacher collaboration opportunities, Grades K-12.
- Lack of customized Professional Development for Mandarin Chinese teachers.
- Unable to participate in a school or district sponsored Professional Learning Community (PLC) work group to foster student improvement (due to a low number of Mandarin Chinese teachers within the district).
- No standardized Mandarin Chinese tests/assessments at the elementary and
middle school level to measure language proficiency.
- Need to learn effective ways to adapt age appropriate materials/resources.
- A need for a common curriculum, materials and a course of study at the
elementary and middle school level.
Professional development needs unique to this language practice group are:
- A need for a New Teacher Orientation Workshop in the Fall.
- The use of technology (Technology for the 21st Century Skills) in the Mandarin
- Sharaton Workshop: An opportunity to exchange of effective materials,
resources, instructional strategies and pre-developed lesson plans.
To address these needs SAILN will:
- Collaborate with the Confucius Institute, San Diego State University in
the development and the offering of a “New Teacher Orientation” scheduled for
- Co-sponsor a “Technology Workshop” to be offered in Mandarin
Chinese, Saturday, October 20, 2012.
- Collaborate in the development of a “Mandarin Chinese
Sharaton of Ideas” to exchange information by teachers on materials,
- SAILN will continue to support Mandarin Chinese teachers through the
Community of Practice (CoP), Mandarin Chinese Language Practice Group
- SAILN will continue to mentor the Mandarin Chinese teachers enrolled in
the Professional Learning Institutes, Tier II and Tier III cadre.