As part of our CIWA Chinese Literacy Project, Confucius Institute invited more than a dozen Chinese teachers in the Seattle area to join us for a workshop on Chinese Reading with Pauline Shuen from Level Chinese. Pauline has been working with several Seattle Schools Mandarin teachers who have been piloting Level Chinese this spring and summer, primarily with Mandarin Dual Language Immersion students grades 2-8.

We had a chance to see Level Chinese in action as well as masterytrack, the software that allows you to track an entire classroom’s reading progress. Topics included:

  • Introduction to the CIWA Literacy Project and where Level Chinese fits in by Dr. Michele Anciaux Aoki, Director of the CIWA Education Center
  • Introduction to Level Chinese and its features by Pauline Shuen
  • Sharing of teachers’ experience to date with Level Chinese in Seattle, including the Beacon Hill Summer Chinese Reading Club
  • Using masterytrack to see how the students in the Summer Program are doing
  • How to use the Specific Leveled Objectives in Level Chinese effectively
  • Getting started with Level Chinese for new teachers
  • A closer look at the data and how we can plan for continuing to develop students’ literacy skills in Chinese in the coming year.

All of Seattle’s Mandarin Dual Language Immersion teachers (grades K-8, plus students continuing in high school in Chinese 4) will have Level Chinese accounts for their students and Joy Reader accounts for access to online books. In addition, we are labeling printed books with the appropriate levels so it will be easy for teachers and librarians to match students to books at the appropriate level for free reading.

Everyone is excited for the coming year!

Sponsored by Confucius Institute of the State of Washington, Seattle Public Schools, and Washington Association for Language Teaching (WAFLT).