I have had three years of teaching experiences at the college-level in the US.
My teaching philosophy incorporates two core beliefs. The first, incorporating "5Cs" in teaching Chinese, that is communication, connection, culture, comparison and community. The communication plays the most important role in the classroom. I only use Chinese in my classroom in order to create a real Chinese environment, therefore, should there be more than 20 students in a class, I will assign them to different small groups, so everyone can obtain enough opportunities to speak. After class, I will encourage my students to take part in the language table, so they can practice more Chinese while learning the culture. The second, I tremendously enjoy utilizing different strategies and techniques with my students, I believe that a good teacher should constantly search for effective teaching methods and best practices of the subjects he or she is teaching. Technology plays an essential role in the modern language classroom, and I would like to use technology when it is necessary. I use Power Point to present grammar, teach vocabularies, and utilize web resource and other multimedia to design different activities. My inspirations for classroom activities come from observing other teachers' classes, learning from workshops and presentations. I also went to STARTALK teacher training program last summer, through discussions about Chinese teaching with other Chinese instructors. I have found myself constantly improving. In my opinion, teacher should also be a life-long learner, I should learn as long as I teach.
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