Computer-Assisted Language Learning, CFL Technology Swap Shop

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015
Olin Center, Tufts University
180 Packard Ave, Medford, MA 02155



Session 1: 9:30-10:45

"CALL in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language"
Presented by: Tong CHEN
This workshop will focus on 1) The history of CALL (Computer-Assisted Language Learning) for Chinese; 2) The principles of using CALL; 3) Some online tools suitable for K-12 teachers; 4) the advantages and disadvantages of CALL; 5) some useful Chinese teaching resources; and
6) websites for professional development.

Coffee Break: 10:45-11:15

Session 2: 11:15-12:30

"CFL Technology Swap Shop"
Led by: Star Lew, Gail Wang, Louise Zhu
The goal of this Swap Shop is to share easy-to-use technology ideas in the K-12 classrooms. The Swap Shop will consist of two parts: Part I will be mini-presentations by participants, and Part II will be sharing common interest at the round table. If you would like to share your tips at the Swap Shop, please submit your information at
We will let you know our Swap Shop participant list and schedule by 4/27.

5 PDPs

A certificate of five professional development points, which may be applied toward recertification in Massachusetts, will be issued upon request to participants who complete both sessions.


Registration fee: $10 for NECLTA members; $20 for non-members.
Registration fee is waived for Swap Shop presenters.
Registration limit: 32. First come, first served.
Registration deadline: May 1st, or when the maximum number is reached.
Method of registration: Pay online after registration.
Registration fee is waived for Swap Shop presenters.
Registration fee will cover your coffee break and lunch, which will be served at 12:30pm.

Presenter Information

Tong Chen

Tong Chen is a lecturer in Chinese at MIT since 1997. He is now serving as the Chinese Program
Coordinator at MIT for a third time. He received his Master’s Degree in Education and
Curriculum Design from Heidelberg University in 1993. Tong started to teach Chinese as a
foreign language since 1983. Before he joined MIT in 1997, he taught Chinese at Williams
College for two years. Tong has also taught at Middlebury Summer School since 2000 and
serves as Level I lead instructor. He has taught various levels of Chinese from Level I to Level
IV and from heritage to regular. His most recent publications include Chinese School at
Middlebury – The Passage to Success published by Beijing Language and Culture University
Press. His research interests include using of multi-media in the teaching and learning of Chinese
language, Language pedagogy, and Second language acquisition.

Star Lew

Star (Yixing) Lew teaches Chinese at Newton North High School in Newton, Massachusetts. She
started her teaching career in 2003 in Belmont where she launched the middle school Chinese
program. Star has taught six different grade levels in both middle school and high school. Star is
also actively involved in the Chinese teacher community. She has served as the co-chair of the
Boston Children's Museum Teacher Advisory Board, brought students to volunteer at the Dragon
Boat Festival in Boston, as well as participated in various Chinese teacher training seminars and
STARTalk Program. In 2013, Star Lew received a Fulbright-Hays scholarship to study
intensively in China for six weeks when she focused on Chinese art and literature. Star looks
forward to working with other committee members to better serve the Chinese teaching

Gail Wang

Gail Wang immigrated to the US in 1990. Before she came to America, she taught English to
English majors in the Normal University in Hangzhou, China.
Ms. Wang’s language teaching reaches a broad range of needs and age groups. She has taught
English as a Second Language to all levels. She has also taught Chinese language to various
levels including K-12 and University levels. She also served as the program coordinator for
Boston Public Schools’ FLAP program
Besides language teaching, Ms. Wang worked in Peabody Essex Museum and Boston Children’s
Museum. While there, she produced numerous Chinese cultural programs as well as teachers’
professional development workshops and institutes on China. Ms. Wang was also the content
developer and cultural consultant for the interactive exhibition, Children of Hangzhou, designed
by Boston Children’s Museum.
Ms. Wang is active in Boston’s Chinese community. She is currently vice president of Boston
Dragon Boat Festival and cultural consultant for a number of cultural institutions in the Greater
Boston Area, including the Confucius Institute at UMass Boston.

Louise Weiyi Zhu

Louise Weiyi Zhu worked for a technique magazine in Beijing as an editor then the manager of
public relations before she came to the US. She came to Boston in 1989 to attend the Graduate
School in Journalism of Northeastern University. Then she worked as Chinese editor of Sampan,
a Chinese-English newspaper in Boston.
Ms. Zhe changed her career from journalism to youth services in late 1990. She worked for Girl
Scouts first at a local council in MA, then at the national headquarters in NYC. She worked to
promote Asian cultures and understandings within the Girl Scouts as well as mainstream youth
organizations within Asian communities.
After teaching Chinese classes at weekend heritage schools for more than 10 years, Ms. Zhu
began teaching Chinese in public schools in 2005. She established Chinese program in Dover-
Sherborn High School, MA. Now she teaches Chinese level 1 through 5 at Brockton High
School, MA.