(By Yan Li, Xuan He and Jizhou Ye)PITTSBURGH – The Professional Development Program for Chinese teachers, part of the Confucius Institute at the University of Pittsburgh (CI-Pitt), held on morning Feb. 4th at the University of Pittsburgh. Chinese Director Dr. Ying Xiao, Graduate Student Assistant Haixia Wang, Hanban Chinese Teacher Xiaoyan Yang and 14 Chinese volunteer teachers attended the program.
Chinese volunteer teachers reflected on their experience and mistakes of the first semester, and discussed cases about differentiated instruction and assessment and classroom management.
Dr. Ying Xiao made concluding remarks, wishing overseas Chinese teachers to establish a clear identity, face the imperfections, and not to put too much pressure on themselves. CI-Pitt has always been committed to strengthening the management and development of volunteer teachers, and training thoroughly of high-quality teachers. First-class faculty and teaching is also the key to the long-term Chinese project at CI-PITT in the leading position of eastern United States.
That night, Chinese New Year Gala of the Year of Rooster organized by Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) and CI-PITT also held at Pitt, which made the theater hold nearly 1000 people. The opening film made by students aroused homesickness of wanderers. Clarinet and violin told a story of music room next door. Performance “Pearl-decorated Curtain Rolled up” combined Chinese folk music, folk dance and calligraphy together. At last, lion dance and different kinds of martial arts presented by Chinese and foreigners, won the audience enthusiastic applause. The three-hour gala brings laughter and excitement to the audience with exciting song and dance pieces, fun interactive games and well-prepared gifts. Local citizens and overseas Chinese celebrated the Year of Rooster at Pitt together!