Saturday, January 30, 2010
The Second Midwest Speech Contest
Place: Rolling Meadows Library, 3110 Martin Lane, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008, Community Room (2nd floor)
Check in from : 9:15 (The library opens at 9:00, please give us a little bit time to set up if you are there early.)
Light refreshment (water, cookies) will be served in the morning and lunch will be provided.
The instructor, Lisa Urbonya, is preparing lots of information to share with us. She is going to be the Director of Chinese language at the Pomona, California site for Middlebury-Monterrey Language Academy this summer. Enclosed please find her most updated bio.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
[Chicago] DePaul's STARTALK Chinese Languag Academy
June 22 - July 22, 2009
- An intensive Chinese Language Program for Academically Talented high school students
- 2 college-level courses: Beginning and Intermediate
- Emphasis on developing Chinese language proficiency in all language skills through studen-centered, real-life performance, cooperative learning, and cultural activities
- Classes Held Daily from 9am - 3pm
June 15-July 2, 2990; Extended practicum: July 6-July 22, 2009
- A graduate-level course on Teaching Chinese emphasizing linguistics, best practices, standard-based pedagogy and assessment, performance-base and student-centered language teaching with a communicative language approach
- Opportunities for novice teachers to directly apply teaching methods and theories in the STARTALK student courses and participate in a supervised practicum
- Option for earning graduate credits or continuing professional development credits (CPDUs)
Contact: Dr. Yvonne Lau, Program Director,
DePaul Chinese Language Academy
Saturday, April 4, 2009
2 Job Openings - Woodstock District 200
Positions at Northwood Middle School:0.6 FTE Mandarin Chinese Teacher
Positions at Woodstock High School:
Teacher - Mandarin Chinese
(Will teach at both high schools)
Full-time position for 2009-2010 school year.
Candidates must possess or be eligible for
State of Illinois certificate to teach Mandarin
Chinese at the high school level.
Job Opening - Stevenson High School
The position is Certified Mandarin Teacher - World Languages Division.
This is an anticipated part-time position:
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Job Opening- Crystal Lake
Although part-time, this position comes with a full benefit package that includes life, health, dental and vision insurance.
Please find details as:
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Job Opening @ Harvard H.S.
POSITION: Chinese Teacher
For the 2009-2010 school year
At Harvard High School
REQUIREMENTS: Highly Qualified for Chinese Instruction
Appropriate Certification which
Must be registered in McHenry County
BENEFITS: Sick days, Personal days, Insurance,
and a Retirement Plan.
DEADLINE: April 03 or Until Position is Filled
Monday, March 16, 2009
Loyola Academy - full time position
Mandarin Chinese Instructor - Full Time 2009-2010 School Year
Related Degree, MA Preferred
Student Teaching or Teaching Experience
Native speaker proficiency in speaking, writing
Please send us a cover letter, resume (electronic okay), references listed, unoffical transcripts, proof of citizenship or proof ability to work legally in the United States.
If you are contacted for an interview, download the employment application, print, complete it and bring with you.
Mary Anne Dowe Quinlan
Chair, Language Department
York Community High School - full time position
We have two positions that were just posted yesterday at the Elmhurst 205 school district website. We are looking for 1-Chinese teacher and 1-Italian teacher. Both positions are Full-time for 09-10 school year at York Community High School. If you know of any qualified and certified candidates or recent student teachers, please feel free to pass on this information to them.
Raul M. Gaston Jr.
-World Languages Dept. Chair
-Steel Band Director
York Community High School
355 W. St. Charles Rd.
Elmhurst, IL. 60126
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Niles North/West Opening
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Midwest Chinese Teachers' Alliance (MCTA) is proud to host the first
Chinese Speech Contest at Northside College Prep. on April 25, 2009.
Students who are currently enrolled in a Mandarin Chinese program at
an elementary school or a middle/senior high school taught by MCTA
members are welcomed to participate in this event.
Registration begins on February 10th and ends on March 10th, 2009. We
are only accepting 40 contestants. Each teacher may enter no more than
two students per category (see contest rules) to participate in the
contest. Completed registration form should be emailed to
email@example.com. More information can be found on the MCTA
document hosting site:
If you have any questions, please send emails to me at
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
MCTA Speech Contest Chair
Mandarin Teacher, IMSA
Members Only Section
Please click on the left link and access the documents from Swap Shop.
For security reasons, it will be viewable only for teachers who have registered at the workshop.
Please also click the link for DePaul and MCTA's 3/14/09 Full Day Workshop at DePaul Univ - Lincoln Park Campus. Space is limited, please apply now!
Please visit the blog often and contribute ideas with fellow Chinese teachers.
In the next few weeks, I will upload all the shared materials, sites, and summaries. Feel free to comment and give further insight/updates.
See you all in March! (DePaul/MCTA workshop)
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Feb 7 Swap Shop
Please view the online invitation and RSVP
Any question, email Sara @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
White Rabbit Candy Pulled from Shelves
Please read the following article:
I think it'll take a long time for me to buy another bag of White Rabbit candy to give to my students.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Chinese Teacher Position
**Thank you Ren Laoshi for the update**
Saturday, September 27, 2008
This is Haojing (Crystal) Cheng, the Chinese teacher at Lane. Finally, I came from the other side of Lake Michicagn to join you guys in Chicago. I am so happy to meet you again virtually through this teacher group blog. Julia and Sara, thank you for inviting me to this teacher group. Please pardon me for not being able to connect with you on-line right away because Gmail kept denying the username I chose during the registration period. Being a full time mom in past years, I am not technically savvy as I used to be. Anyway, I was able to register a right username with Gmail at last.
Hope to see you again either on-line or f2f. Have a nice week!
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Suburban Chinese Language Teacher Meeting
Tuesday, August 12, 2008 | 11:00AM – 2:00PM
Rolling Meadows Library
2nd Floor Conference Room
3110 Martin Lane
Rolling Meadows, Illinois 60008
11:00AM – 11:10AM Introduction of “Newbies”
11:10AM – 11:45AM Sharing of Syllabus*
11:45AM – 12:15PM Sharing of Summer Teaching/Learning Experience
12:15PM – 12:45PM Brainstorming for Spring SWAP Shop
12:45PM – 12:50PM Cleanup
10 minutes travel time to lunch destination
1:00PM – 2:00PM Collaborative Discussion Luncheon
THINGS TO CONSIDER:
*Please bring your class syllabus
Coffee and cookies will be provided, no need to bring any food!
Don't be shy…ask questions, share with us!
Friday, April 25, 2008
MCTA Annual Conference, May 3rd.
Monday, March 31, 2008
Iowa State Startalk Institute: Deadline April 1st.
Aaron (Gao Shan)
Monday, February 25, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
Introduction of Jeanne Hennek
Thursday, December 27, 2007
SWAP Workshop Recap
On December 1, 2007, Chinese Language Programs of Suburban Chicago hosted a swap workshop at New Trier High School in Winnetka, IL. Around two-dozen suburban Chicago and Milwaukee Chinese Language teachers attended the meeting and shared their effective lessons with demonstrations and discussions. Dr. Lau from DePaul University shared with fellow teachers her insights on promoting and maintaining a strong Chinese program. The 2008 summer STARTALK program information was also presented to the group. The meeting commenced with fruitful collaboration amongst educators and a sense of gratification and affirmation of everyone's great effort in promoting the Chinese language in US mainstream schools.
Friday, December 7, 2007
Hello from Gao Shan
It was a real pleasure meeting you all at the Swap Shop on Saturday. I hope we can get together again in the future. Here is a site I recommend for learning to write Hanzi with the correct stroke order. It has a flash animation of most of the characters.
My other favorite site with lots of Chinese flash animation movies is www.qbaobei.com
If you do not have an internet connection and would like to save these flash files (or any other flash files) to your computer, follow these simple instructions.
1. Bring up the web page with the flash file you want.
2. Go to "Tools"--"Internet Options", and then click "Settings" under the "temporary internet files" section.
3. Click "View Files"
4. On list of "Temporary Internet Files" that pops up, look under "Type" and find the one called "Shockwave Flash Object" (it may be necessary to first delete the temporary internet files if this list is too long.)
5. Right click on this file and select "copy"
6. Go to your computer's desktop, right click and select "paste"
You should now have the file on your desktop and be able to open it.
Hope this is helpful.
Take care everyone!
Aaron Bray (Gao Shan)
Monday, December 3, 2007
Software for converting chinese scripts into Pinyin
Hope it can help all of you as it helps me a lot in preparing lessons!
Monday, October 15, 2007
I just found out today that Blogger has a limit to the number of "members" per blog.
I had to split my Spanish classes into their own individual classes.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Just FYI, my Chinese students have just been given their first BLOG assignment.
Hopefully, everything will run smoothly!
Friday, August 17, 2007
I'm thinking about setting up a Blog for my students instead of handing in journals.
Would anyone of you whom already have done blog, forums, Blackboard, etc. please give me some input or advice?
I think I should have students sign a "contract" (language, conduct, etc).
Also, any good topics?
I hope all of you had a good and relaxing summer.
I am sure many of you have started...or perhaps finished your classroom preparations.
I wish you all the best of luck this school year.
加油! You all are the best!
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Hi from Lusha Yin O'Mara
First please excuse me greeting everyone by quoting the popular saying form China Radio International.
I am Lusha from Whitney Young High School. I had 60 students enrollment last year and I will have more than 140 this year ranging from level 1, 2 to AP.
I still consider myself new even though I had years of teaching experience with high school students. I truly understand what a life-long learner mean and I know my way ahead to be a better teacher needs your help and sharing to enrich my teaching expertise. Thank you.
Monday, July 9, 2007
Survivor 14 will be in China!
I love incorporating popular culture into daily classroom lessons to spark interest. This will definitely be something useful.
Those of you not familiar with the series. You should check the past two seasons. Full season recaps and (some have episodes) are available on CBS.COM. For sure you can find it on Youtube.
Season 12 was an experiment with ethnicity (divided groups by ethnic background: Caucasian, African-American, Latin-American, Asian-American). The winner...I won't spoil it if you haven't seen it.
Season 13 was an experiment with race and physical being. Not all contestants are athletic. The winner...I won't spoil it either. But, one popular contestant - YauMan - did the Chinese people proud! He used very good strategy and he explained his rationale in a very "Chinese" philosophical style.
Anyways...sounds interested? Take the summer time and watch it for yourself.
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
This is Sarah Bien. I'll be teaching Chinese at Lyons Township in LaGrange this fall. It's going to be an adventure for me. With the help from all of you, experienced teachers, I hope it's going to be an enjoyable learning experience for me. And, hopefully, I'll have somthing to contribute to our Chinese teaching community along the way.
Have a great 4th of July!
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
I went to 書原again today. Trying to buy some supplies for calligraphy. Sadly, the brush set is only package of 3 sizes. I asked the clerk if I can order, she was not very eager to help. She was trying to sell only what she has in the store.
I was a bit frustrated. So, I think perhaps it's time to research other venues online.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Teacher to Teacher Workshop week of June 25
I just received an email from Confucius Center regarding STARTALK's Teacher to Teacher Workshop next week at DePaul University. Will any of you go? I'm looking for carpool from Hinsdale area (Western Suburbs by Westmont).
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Chinese Link PPT
Call for Chinese Link Collaborators
How's the summer so far? Enjoy it before it gets too hot.
At the meeting on 6-11 I know several of us are going to adopt Chinese Link in the fall. I am thinking that if we can collaborate to design tests for each lesson for the Book one part 1 so that we can have a test bank on vocabulary, grammar, reading comprehension and culture . At the end I would be more than happy to put them together so each of us can have a copy of it before the school starts. If you would like to participate, please email me at email@example.com by June 18th. Then we can discuss further. Look forward to hearing from you and working with you soon.
Friday, June 15, 2007
A New Teacher
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Thank you all for the input!
Thank Julia to set up the blog. It was really exiting to see our team getting bigger. The even more exiting thing is to see so many of you share your information. We are getting stronger! Go SCTA! I am going to post a proposal. You will expect it in your email and our Blog.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Lyons High School Chinese Teacher
I have added authors with the email address I have. If I missed anyone, sorry, but please email me and I will add you to CTR (Chinese Teaching Resources).
The presentation remote that I use is manufactured by "Logitech". It is very user friendly and offers a good hand grip.
Have a good summer respite!
How exciting this is!
Sorry! I am so happy that I forgot to introduce who I am. My name is Weifang Wang(王玮芳), the Chinese teacher at Highland Park High School. I am going to learn very much from all of you.
Teaching Resources Page
Sara, I love your teaching resources blog which is linked to this blog. I found some good resources I would like to add. I discovered that we cannot post any resources to your blog unless you invite us all in as authors (contributors) even though it is open to the public. You have to send us an email invitation. Go to settings --then click on permissions. Right now all we could do is to post a comment, not a new posting of resources.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
I'm free, well, almost!
My name is Michelle Cheng (魏老师）. I am finally done with finals! Three more days, I'll be free! This is my first full-time teaching job and I'm so thrilled my long over-due break is just around the corner! It has been tough, you know, being a first-year teacher, working in an urban high school in the south side of Chicago; and not to mention the long and exhausting commute. Though I'm excited to transfer to a suburban school (IMSA, Aurora, IL) that is much closer to my house next year, it was hard for me to say good-bye to my students today (Not all, but I do have a few good ones that I wish I could take with me!) .
I can't wait to meet with all of you in the next meeting. Thank you so much for including me in your group/blog!
Hi I am Janet Wang
I found a great deal on Little White Boards
I ordered 35 white boards 9" x 12" for under $90! The price is incredible. I'll share with you my review of the product once I receive them next week.
I have compiled some of my links in a public blog called Chinese Teaching Resources (see link at right).
Since it is a public group, there shouldn't be a need for me to send an invitation. But, if you run into any problems, please let me know.
Monday, June 11, 2007
Hello from Brenda Hsu
This is Brenda Hsu. I am going to teach Chinese in two middles schools of Arlington Heights School District 25 in fall, 2007. I feel so comfortable and confident to start a new program because there are so many resources available and experienced teachers support us . Big thanks to Kessel Laoshi and Weifang Laoshi for today's meeting. I got a lot of information and advice today. Wish you all have a nice summer!
Resource Link from Confucius Center
Extensive collection of links and activities for elementary teachers.
Good collection of links (Apples for the Teacher)
* Well organized group of links; lessons and worksheets; other links
Teacher vision: extensive links to Chinese culture sites and activities
Activities for elementary or middle school
Extensive and well organized crafts and activities for elementary aged children
Unit Plan: "Chinese Inventions and the Chinese New Year”
Extensive listing of links to teacher resources for Chinese Culture and New Year (Utah Education Network)
A-Z Teacher Stuff
* Sites and Links
I am Marie Chou
We all loved Piling's Presentation Remote, perhaps she can share the make and model of her remote.
I did a search on Amazon.com and here they are...
Usually, if you go to overstock.com there are competitive prices too.
My name is Sara Bosa
The textbook I will be using is Integrated Chinese. I have viewed Chinese Link and like the format of the book a lot. Hopefully in the near future, we will adopt the new series.
May 8, 2007 5:58:00 PM CST
I am Meredith Shi
New Practical Chinese Reader
To introduce pinyin and dialogue at the same time
There are pictures & explanations for most of the basic characters
Culture notes in each chapter
Broad and plenty pattern drills
The key sentences and pattern drills are connected.
Exercises include reading the phrases, pattern drills, speak about the pictures, communication exercises， reading comprehension and paraphrase it.
Online video for each chapter
More authentic scenes and expression of China
The workbook combines both character practice and other exercises in one.
To introduce pinyin, basic characters and strokes before introduce the dialogues
The exercises match the dialogues in each lesson
Cultural notes connects to the content in each lesson
The pattern drills closely related to the dialogues
Pattern drills closely match the grammar patterns.
The vocabulary is more close the college life.
Workbook and character practicing book are easy to use to match the content.
English translation to each lesson
Plenty of online materials
The CD is divided by page number, easy to use and assign HW.
Separated workbook and Character Workbook with stroke orders and meaning.
New Practical Chinese Reader
The translation of some vocabulary is not accurate enough
Audio materials are not easy to use
Grammar ex. and explanation are not through.
Less interesting contents and exercises
The book is designed for college students
The workbook is not friendly used to match each dialogue, but for reviewing the whole chapter.
No English translations for texts.
The content and the layout of the book are not interesting enough.
Designed for college students
Cultural notes not enough
The basic characters do not have pictures.
November 24, 2006 1:03:00 PM CST