CLTAC Spring Conference 2015 Keynote Speech
Keynote Speech: The Fundamentals for Effective Teaching
JANE C. M. KUO
Dr. Jane C. M. Kuo is the director of the Chinese language program at the University of California, San Diego, and Professor Emeritus at Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona, where she developed a business-focused Chinese language program. Dr. Kuo conducted seminars in business specific Chinese language and cross-cultural communication skills to executives for numerous multi-national corporations. She also taught professionals in the Executive MBA program, and directed the summer program in China. She served as a member of the board of directors of CLTA (Chinese Language Teachers Association) and CLTA-SC (Chinese Language Teachers Association, Sothern California).
Dr. Kuo is a trail blazer in business Chinese instruction in the U. S. and has authored two volumes of Open for Business, Lessons in Chinese Commerce for the New Millennium and Startup Business Chinese Level I, II, and Level III, co-authored Business Negotiation: Theory and Practice.
Her research interests include the study of theories and pedagogy in language teaching and acquisition as well as the development of curricula and instructional materials for college-level courses and beyond. She is a frequent presenter and invited speaker at various conferences nationally and internationally in the areas of her expertise.
As K-16 curricula for Chinese and related culture classes have increased drastically in recent years, focus has been placed on material development, teaching pedagogy and technology. However, an effective instructor and classroom management are equally crucial in having a great impact on student performance. To excel as a competent and skillful instructor, it is vital to keep abreast with innovative teaching skills for cutting-edge instructions. This presentation explores approaches and means for preparing teachers to become effective “experts” in Chinese instruction.
The content of the presentation includes:1) selecting and applying the most recognized teaching and learning theories/methodologies; 2) familiarizing cognitive approach to teach most receptively at students’ level of proficiency and cognitive maturity; 3) deepening relevant linguistic and cultural knowledge in second language instruction. The presentation will also explore grammatical issues and illustrate examples of possible solutions with cognitive approach.
Keyword: theories, methodologies, cognitive approach, effective teaching