The 2nd Chinese Teacher Leadership School

Teaching Chinese in the United States A Seminar on Teaching Practices for Aspiring Educators

Teacher Training

April 29, 2017

Clarkson University CRC - Room 002 Schenectady, New York, 12308 April 29, 2017



On Saturday, April 29, 2017, the Confucius institute at SUNY will host a professional development series in teaching Chinese at the Clarkson University Capital Region Campus in Schenectady, New York. This seminar will provide opportunity for local Chinese language teachers and the people who are interested in teaching Chinese at American schools. The four experts will share their own thoughts about the teaching methods on Chinese language elements, such as teaching Chinese Characters, grammar and focusing on the pedagogical strategies to engage Chinese language learners in the classroom. The goal will be to promote teaching effectiveness and language proficiency for students. At the same time, the seminar will also discuss the selection of the textbooks to match the classroom instruction to align with instructional objectives and goals.


8:30 - 9:00 a.m.      Breakfast

9:00 - 9:15 a.m. Opening Remarks (Directors of the Confucius Institute)

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Session One
“The key points of Chinese grammar”
Prof. Yuhui Lu, Beijing Normal University

10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Coffee Break

10:45 - 12:00 p.m. Session Two
“The key to learning Chinese characters”
Dr. Levente Li, University of Massachusetts Boston

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 - 2:15 p.m. Session Three
“The effectiveness of K-12 Chinese language classroom instruction and the selection of the textbooks”
Dr. Henry Ruan, Teachers College, Columbia University

2:15 - 2:30 p.m. Coffee Break

2:30 - 3:45 p.m. Session Four
“Learn to become a qualified Chinese teacher in the U. S. A”
Dr. Hesheng Zhang, Beijing Normal University

3:45 - 4:30 p.m. Closing Discussion Facilitator
Facilitator: Dr. Catherine Snyder, Chair, Department of Education at Clarkson University


Dr. Henry Ruan, Adjunct Professor/Student Teaching supervisor, Teachers College, Columbia University

• Adjunct Professor/Student Teaching supervisor, Teachers College, Columbia University
September 2014 to present, New York, NY
• Adjunct Professor (Student Teaching supervisor/Cooperating teacher), Hofstra University
September 2012 to present, Hempstead, NY
• Chinese Curriculum Developer, Chinese 1 (online Chinese language course), O’Bridge Academy
September 2014 to March 2015, Huntington, NY
• Adjunct Lecturer,
Baruch College January 2007 to June 2007, New York, NY

Hesheng Zhang, Visiting Professor, Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures, Dartmouth College

Hesheng Zhang, Doctor of Literature, Beijing Normal University professor, doctoral tutor, member of the Council, the National Steering Committee of the International Master of Education degree in Chinese language education committee. Acting as visiting professor at Dartmouth College.

Yuhui Lu, Visiting Professor
College of William and Mary

Yuhui Lu(吕俞辉)is a visiting professor from Beijing Normal University (BNU) working for the William and Mary Confucius Institute. She teaches Chinese language courses in the Department of Modern Languages & Literature. She received her BA in Chinese language and literature from BNU in 1986, then her MA in linguistics and applied linguistics in 2004, and currently is a Ph.D. candidate in the same academic field at BNU. She has been teaching Chinese as a foreign language to international students since 1986 both in China and in foreign countries, such as Japan, South Korea, and the United States. As a Master’s tutor, she has taught graduate courses in linguistics and applied linguistics at BNU. Her main research fields are Chinese grammar and cross-cultural communication, in which she has published more than 30 papers and a number of textbooks. Prior to joining WMCI she taught at Dartmouth College for four years, where, in 2007, she was recognized by students for teaching excellence. In 2012, Professor Lu obtained an “Outstanding Teacher” award from BNU.

Dr. Levente Li, Visiting Professor, UMass Boston

Levente Li received his Ph.D. at Beijing Normal University, specializing in the study of teaching Chinese as a second language. In the past, he has served as a lecturer at the Chinese program at Tufts, instructor in the Chinese Department of Tsinghua (清华大学) University (Beijing) and served as academic consultant for the CCTV program Stories of Chinese Characters. He has spent many years teaching Chinese to non-native speakers. He is currently chief consultant at the E-Learning Center of the Confucius Institute (Beijing) and a visiting professor at Umass Boston.


The Confucius Institute for China’s Culture and the Economy at University at Albany