Huayi Zhang

"It has been a great pleasure for me to have the opportunity to study in the UVA program."


"It has been a great pleasure for me to have the opportunity to study in the UVA program.

I reviewed national standards-“5C”, three communicative modes, backward design, OPI. And I got to know the concept of LinguaFolio and STARTALK Instructional Principles. Besides, I got many information regarding Chinese teaching from my classmates-experienced Chinese language teacher form all over the US. 

And I will incorporate these ideas into my teaching in the future:

Student-centered classroom

Using Athentic materials as much as possible.

The more input, the better.

The more interaction, the better.

All learner production should be meaning-based, or communicative.

Focus on form should be meaning-based and tied to input or communication.

we should watch out for what we expect of learner.

I was inspired to design some tasks based on some authentic material, like a website on climate, a song or an advertisement. It is a very good way make the class interesting, by involving all the students into the class. But it takes so much time and effort to design the procedures of the activity. But we can design it by the 3 rules: interpersonal, interpretive and presentational. Keeping these three rules in head when we design the task, it might be a little easier.

There are so many more things I learnt that I cannot list here one by one.

Learning is like a long journey. There are so much left for me to learn."