Use Backward Design to Create a Meaningful Classroom


An ideal lesson starts with setting a clear teaching goal. Based upon the concept of Backward Design Approach, we will first identify the desired learning outcomes as our end goals, using the three modes of communication: interpersonal, interpretive and presentational mode. Through student-centered instruction and performance-based activities, we create a lesson plan to help students develop their language ability and build up the desired language skills in a systematic manner. MLCC Principal Jane Chen and experienced language instructor Yu-Chin Ho will share their lesson planning ideas and activity design techniques by teaching an actual lesson in a CFL classroom. They will demonstrate how to create a meaningful classroom setting where students are engaged in learning vocabulary, sentence patterns and conversations. They will also share the design concept behind their homework exercise, which will support classroom learning and reinforce what is learned in the classroom.



Jane Chen graduated from California State University with a Master of Spanish. She is the founder & principal of Mandarin Language and Cultural Center (MLCC) of CA  since 1997.  She was  the Convener of Chinese Wonderland Series (“华语小学堂”), a set of six Chinese textbooks  for the curriculum of her school. Prior to that, she was the instructor  of Spanish at Laney College of Oakland, and instructor of Spanish at Tamkang University of Taipei.


Yu-Chin Ho graduated from California State University of Hayward with a Master of Educational Technology. She also has a MA in Chinese Literature from National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan. She is currently a CFL and AP Chinese teacher and curriculum designer in Mandarin Language and Cultural Center (MLCC).  She was one of the editors of Chinese Wonderland Series (“华语小学堂“), a set of six Chinese textbooks.



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