Why Learning Chinese Supports the K-12 STEMM Curriculum

Introduction

This CLASS Webinar/Workshop will focus on the unique importance and benefits of bringing Chinese into America’s K-12 Science, Technology, Engineer, Mathematics, and Medicine (STEMM) curriculum. Currently, too few American students develop expertise in STEMM related fields; even fewer American students develop proficiency in Chinese. In addition to the multitude of academic and career potentials that become more and more available when proficiency of Chinese is combined with the study of STEMM, there are definite advantages for students in these subject areas to comprehend and express their disciplines in both Chinese and English. In this Webinar/Workshop, CLASS presenters will highlight the instructional strategies that combine the Chinese language instruction with various aspects of the STEMM curriculum, and share sample activates implemented in their classrooms.

Lead Presenter: Baocai Jia, CLASS Executive Director
Presenters: Carol Chen-Lin, Lucy Lee, Ying Jin

Presenter

Baocai Paul Jia, M.Ed., Executive Director of Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools (CLASS), 2017 California Language Teachers Association, CLTA/ SWLP Teacher Leader of the Year, is currently teaching at Cupertino High School as the AP Chinese teacher/former department chair for two terms at Fremont HS. Mr. Jia has taught Chinese and English in China and the US for more than 30 years since 1982. Mr. Jia has also been an instructor at Stanford World Language Project (SWLP since 2006) at Stanford University. In addition to his regular classroom teaching and teacher training, Mr. Jia has been active in promoting the teaching of Chinese language at the local, state and national levels. He has served in Chinese Language Teachers Association of California (CLTAC) as secretary in 1998-2000, and Vice President in 2000-2004, and has served two terms as President of the national Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools (CLASS).  Mr. Jia has an extensive experience with the College Board. He is a current member on the College Board’s AP Chinese Language and Culture Development Committee. Between 2008 and 2011, Mr. Jia served as member on the College Board’s SAT Chinese Subject Test Development Committee. And presently, Mr. Jia is serving on the College Board’s World Language Academic Advisory Committee and on the AP Chinese Language and Culture Course Articulation Committee. Mr. Jia serves as California State Board of Education’s representative in the California World Language Project (CWLP) Advisory Board. He is one of the co-authors of middle school, and high school Chinese textbooks. He has presented dozens of times at various professional conferences at national, regional, and local levels.

Dr. Carol Chen-Lin  is an officer and former president of the Board of Directors of Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools (CLASS). She is the head Chinese language teacher at Choate Rosemary Hall, as well as the director of the Chinese Summer Program and Academic Term Program in Beijing. At the national level, she was one of the task force members entrusted to develop the Chinese National Standards. In 2008, she received the U.S. Department of Education’s 2008 American Stars of Teaching Award for her dedication to cultivating understanding and improving relations between foreign countries through the study of language. Dr Chen-Lin graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Ph.D. in Foundations of Education and Curriculum Design. She also earned M.A. and B.A. degrees from the University of Hong Kong in Chinese Language and Literature. Her teaching career has spanned a number of areas from high school language teacher, college professor to program director. Outside of her classroom teaching, Dr. Chen-Lin has participated in the development of the Connecticut Foreign Languages Framework and served as the Board of Director on COLT (Connecticut Council of Language Teachers). She was the director of the Choate STARTALK program from 2007 to 2013, and in 2006 took part in the STARTALK Advisory Committee. She also served on the College Board Foreign Language Review Committee (2006-2007) and the Chinese AP Curriculum Design and Assessment Committee (2008-2010). She has been invited to give presentations at various local, regional and national workshops and conferences.

Lucy Chu Lee, 2012 NECTFL Teacher of the Year and 2013-14 NJ County Teacher of the Year, is a veteran Chinese language teacher at Livingston High School and a teacher educator at Rutgers University and William Paterson University in New Jersey. She taught at Seton Hall University and Drew University for many years. Ms. Lee co-authored the CLASS Professional Standards for K-12 Chinese Language Teachers, served as the co-chair for the national project on the standards for K-12 Chinese learners, and participated in the NEH/Ohio State NFLRC-funded Guide for Basic Chinese Language Programs. Ms. Lee served two terms as president of the Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools (CLASS) and served on the Board of Directors for the Chinese Language Teachers Association (CLTA). She also served two years on the National Commission for the AP World Languages Course and Exam Review Project. She was appointed to serve on the New Jersey International Education Taskforce and served three years on the National Chinese Language Commission for a Luce Foundation Project on the Chinese Language Field Initiative. Ms. Lee has served on a variety of professional committees including the National Standards for Foreign Language Collaborative Project, AAPPL Leadership Team and Advisory Committee, ACTFL Assessment Grant Advisory Committee, SOPA Online Training Panel committee, and the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) WOPA-C Course Project. She is currently serving on the board for the Foreign Language Educators in New Jersey (FLENJ).

Ms. Ying Jin  has more 20 years Chinese language and culture teaching experience in diverse settings.  She is currently teaching at the Fremont Union High School District in Cupertino, California.  Ms. Jin was awarded 2018 Language Teacher of the Year from ACTFL, 2017 Teacher of the Year from SWCOLT, and 2016 Teacher of the Year from CLTA (California Language Teachers Association).  Ms. Jin has MA degree in Instructional Technologies from San Francisco State University, and BA degree in Chinese Language and Literature from Peking University, China.

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