Workshop Schedule

90-day Mandarin Chinese Workshop for adults

Begins Monday, August 1, 2022 and ends Sunday, October 30, 2022.

Workshop meeting times

  1. Weekly, 90-minute, in-person meetings, Tuesdays, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM U.S. Eastern Time.
  2. 30-minute, online, conversation group facilitated by Benfang Wang, Mondays, 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM U.S. Eastern Time.

Meetings of note

Tuesday, August 2, 3:00 PM: Orientation via Zoom.

Monday, August 8, 1:00 – 1:30 PM U.S. Eastern: First online conversation group.

Tuesday, August 9, 3:00 – 4:30 PM U.S. Eastern: First in-person workshop.

Tuesday, October 25, 3:00 – 4:30 PM U.S. Easter: Last in-person workshop.

Sunday, October 30, or a day before or after, submit final HSKlevel assessment.

Early November. Last meeting for announcements of percentage improvements, thoughts about next steps, and a celebration feast at the University Club!

Format for in-person workshop meetings

3:00 – 3:15  PM Awareness of progress check-ins

Fill out self-checklist (forthcoming).

2-minute check-in with a timer. English requested with Mandarin Chinese highlights welcomed.

  1. Report on insights from completing self-checklist.
  2. Report on development of proficiency with The First Sentence and expansion of its use.
  3. Report on interlanguage development.
  4. Report on learnings and challenges.

3:15 – 3:30 PM Presentations
3:30 – 4:00 PM Consultations with guest instructor
4:00 – 4:20 PM Synthesis and application of content from presentations and guest instruction
4:20 – 4:30 Progress check-outs

  • Presentations: Each group member will make a presentation on a topic of interest to them and lead a conversation and/or discussion about the topic. Organizing one’s thoughts to explain language content to others contributes to developing an interlanguage.
  • Consultations with guest instructors: Each group member will bring questions: 1) to ask for the instructor’s guidance, 2) to ask in hopes of fostering group discussions facilitated by the guest instructor.

Final in-person workshop meeting: Consolidation of gains and next steps

  • Progress check-ins.
  • Presentation of scores and percentage improvement.
  • Assessments and suggestions for further optimization.
  • Future study plans.
  • Announcement of date and time for celebration banquet.

Celebration Banquet at The University Club of Virginia Tech

  • Date and time to be announced

Mandarin Chinese Workshop-related links

Last updated 7/11/22

Questions? Please contact Anne.