If you answered YES to any of the above questions,
you will find it interesting to attend the following workshop to be held
(time) at China Institute.
Multimedia computer technology is starting to be
used widely to support language teaching and learning. In order to
effectively and also efficiently assist learners of Chinese with their
listening comprehension, Chinese Language Teachers Association of
Greater New York is initiating a project, which is to
build up a data bank consisting of audio-visual materials, i.e., sounds
and images. Topics of materials will range from transportation to
entertainment, from restaurant to hotel, from cooking to wedding,
anything that is part of Chinese culture or Chinese peopleís daily life.
The end product of the project will be in the format of CDís, which can
be shared by teachers of Chinese at different levels for their teaching
purposes, or used by students directly to their own needs.
Under the current technology, sounds can be
recorded into a computer; photos can be shot using a digital camera and
then transferred into the computer in a minute. And Microsoft PowerPoint
can easily integrate images with sounds through just a few clicks. We
are going to run a workshop to demonstrate how to do these things from
scratch. With the acquired technical skills, one can take pictures,
record sounds, and mix the two together to produce interesting and
useful audio-visual materials.
The workshop will be conducted by Dr. Dongdong
Chen, Assistant Professor and Director of Chinese Program at the
Department of Asian Studies in Seton Hall University. Dr. Chen has
developed a web-based Chinese-learning program for her students, and
will coordinate this project in the development process.
The ultimate purpose of the
workshop is to start a collaborative project of creating a data bank of
multimedia audio-visual files that can be used by teachers of Chinese as
supplemental teaching material. Running a project in such a scale needs
support and commitment from people like you, the teachers of Chinese. We
would like you to attend the workshop to learn the how-to, and then
contribute your materials to the database. With our joint efforts, we
can together establish this audio-visual data bank, make it grow, and
render it a wonderful teaching tool.
If you are interested in participating, you are
welcome to bring your laptop, photo images and a microphone to try your
hands during the workshop.
Free, but advance registration is required. To
register, please call 212-744-8181 ext. 142 or or fill out the following