Currently there is an increased demand for Chinese language teachers across the U.S. The majority of today’s Chinese teachers are faced with the daunting realization that teaching in U.S. schools is tremendously different from their own schooling experiences; numerous factors contribute to this contrast. This study specifically focused on classroom management and discipline and examines how teachers address the challenges of working across the languages and cultures of U.S. schooling. Through a carefully designed sequence of blended learning activities, this study provided participants multiple opportunities to explore and examine introspectively critical considerations that directly influence transitioning into a learner-centered classroom, utilizing various classroom management skills and strategies with millennial learners. Data collection instruments included two online surveys, a group interview, and online discussion board threads. Results indicate that there remains a great deal to be done in this area to assist Chinese teachers.
Marjorie Hall & Sherry Steeley
Dr. Marjorie Hall Haley is tenured Professor of Education at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. She is a former Spanish, French, German, and ESL teacher of 14 years.She teaches Foreign Language methods and ESL methods courses as well as doctoral courses in Brain-compatible Teaching and Learning, Bilingualism and Second Language Acquisition Research. She is actively involved in ongoing action research projects with teachers at local, national, and international levels. Dr. Haley’s research and publication record is wide. Her most recent books are, Content-Based Second Language Teaching and Learning: An Interactive Approach (2nd Ed.) (2014) and Brain-compatible Differentiated Instruction for English Language Learners (2010). In addition, she is a featured scholar in the WGBH and Annenberg/CPB video, “Valuing Diverse Learners” available at www.learner.org