Teacher Training

Each year, the Confucius Institute at Mason offers an annual teacher workshop for Chinese language teachers from K-12 private and public schools, institutions of higher education, and Chinese heritage schools. In addition, customized in-service training related to Chinese history, language and culture can be arranged for organizations, schools or community groups upon request. Such teacher training programs can be designed specifically to meet the needs of particular schools or to supplement the curriculum requirements of the Virginia SOLs (Standards of Learning ). The Confucius Institute Headquarters also hosts Chinese language teacher training programs in Beijing each year to provide teachers with the latest information on Chinese pedagogy.

2017 Chinese Pedagogy Workshop
Sunday, April 9, 2017
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

I Join with other Chinese language teachers from the Washington D.C. area to learn about some of the latest research and teaching techniques at our annual Chinese Pedagogy Workshop which will be held on Sunday, April 9th on the George Mason University Fairfax campus.

Co-sponsored by Confucius Institute at Mason, the Chinese Language Teachers Association of Virginia (CLTA-VA) and the Chinese Language Teachers Association of the National Capital Region (CLTA-NCR), this all-day workshop features five guest lecturers and gives Chinese teachers plenty of opportunities to network with other local area educators.

Register online using GoogleForms with either CLTA-VA or CLTA-NCR

Deadline: Monday, April 3rd.
Registration fee: $25.00
(includes breakfast, lunch, and afternoon tea)

Spring 2017 Chinese Teacher Workshops
Saturdays – April 1 and April 29
10:00 am to 12:00 noon

Inviting K-12 Chinese language teachers to participate in the upcoming Confucius Institute at Mason Saturday Chinese teacher training workshops.

These hands-on, interactive lessons are presented by instructors from Beijing Language and Culture University and are designed to address the needs of Chinese language teachers in American classrooms.

Workshops are presented in Chinese in our Reading Room. Seating is limited so reservations are strongly encouraged. Please RSVP to cimason@gmu.edu or call our office at 703-993-7780 for more information.

Confucius Institute at Mason is located in East Building on the north side of campus, near Finley short-term parking lot, Starbucks (Northern Neck) and Fenwick Library. The closest parking garage is Rappahanock Parking Deck ($3/hour)

Our Teacher Training workshop on Saturday, March 4 was extremely popular. Presenters from Beijing Language and Culture University gave an overview about utilizing hands-on Chinese crafts to enhance language instruction programs. Participants were provided with templates and examples of craft projects they could incorporate into their classroom settings. They were also given direct instruction in creating a number of the projects themselves. Teachers reported that the experience was very stimulating and helped give them real-life examples of new ways to engage their students’ interest in studying Chinese within in the classroom setting.

Fall 2016 Chinese Teacher Workshop
Saturdays – Nov. 12 and Dec. 3, 2016
10:00 am to 12:00 noon

Chinese language teachers from local area schools are invited to attend our free monthly teacher training workshop to gain insights and new teaching techniques. These free workshops are presented by professors from Beijing Language and Culture University and are held at the Confucius Institute on the Mason Fairfax campus. Workshop topics are designed to help K-16 teachers in their classroom, with ample time for questions and discussion during these small workshops. No reservations required.


Chinese Teacher Workshop in Beijing
Summer 2016

The Confucius Institute Teacher Training Center at Beijing Language and Culture University held the North American K-12 Chinese Teacher Training Program at Beijing Language and Culture University during summer 2016. A dozen local-area Chinese language teachers providing instruction in K-16 school settings participated in this one week training workshop in Beijing. Participants were provided with daily lectures and teaching simulation exercises by professors from Beijing Language and Culture University.

Fall 2015 Chinese Pedagogy Workshop

In Fall 2015 we held sessions of our popular teacher training pedagogy workshop for the teaching Chinese Language in K-12 schools.

Oct. 17st 初级汉语常用语法教学探讨 1

Nov. 21st 初级汉语常用语法教学探讨 2

Dec. 12th 初级汉语常用语法教学探讨 3



The workshop featured presentations for Chinese language teachers presented by four academics from the region. The keynote lecture was presented by Hong Gang Jin of Hamilton College who discussed “The Role of Pushed Output in CFL Language Development”. Breakfast and lunch were provided.

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The Confucius Institute at Mason, in cooperation with the Chinese Language Teachers Association of Virginia, held the annual Chinese Pedagogy Teacher Workshop on Sat. April 13 in Fairfax, VA. The keynote speaker, Dr. Shuhan C. Wang, President of ELE Consulting, led participants in how to identify the essential elements of a standards-based curriculum and develop these into engaging themes for their students. During the workshop, participants split up into small groups to work on their own teaching units or lesson plans to create content- and culture-rich educational experiences for their students. Dr. Wang’s morning session was followed by a presentation by Mr. Da Wang, Marketing Director of Beijing Language and Culture University Press, who presented information on Chinese language textbooks published by Pheonix Publishing Co.


In August 2012, the Confucius Institute at Mason again provided Prince William County Public Schools with a teacher in-service workshop geared to Social Studies teachers in the elementary schools who are responsible for teaching SOL curriculum related to China. The workshop included training in how to pronounce the Chinese names of the various geographical terms, dynasty names and historical figures covered in the SOL curriculum. Teachers were also introduced to the 23 Chinese artifacts included in the Traveling Trunk authentic teaching resource which the Confucius Institute had previously donated to the county schools.


On June 21, 2011, the Confucius Institute at Mason made a presentation to 10 high school World History teachers in Prince William County about the Traveling Trunks, the use of this resource in the classroom, and Chinese language pronunciation for commonly used names and phrases present in Virginia Standards of Learning related to ancient China. The teachers were enthusiastic and eager to learn so that they could be more comfortable with teaching and getting students interested in China.


86 teachers from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC attended this all day teacher training event at Mason during May 2010.

Participants in the 5-8-2010 Chinese Pedagogy Workshop held at George Mason University.


Teachers from 25 different primary schools in Fairfax County, Virginia, were given an introduction to Chinese language and culture through an all day teacher training. More than 45 social studies teachers participated in the event. Teachers learned basic Chinese pronunciation that appears in Virginia SOLs, gained insight on the life and teachings of Confucius, viewed a photo showcase of breathtaking scenery and sights in China, viewed day to day items such as decorations, and participated in handicrafts such as papercutting.


In July, 2009, the Confucius Institute at Mason held a two-day teacher training.

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