BYU Chinese Language Fair - April 18th


Tue, 05/21/2013 - 16:12 -- chflag
BYU FLAN Secondary Team
Ellen Knell

Dr. Ellen Knell has been a teacher and teacher-trainer for many years and has worked in both EFL and Chinese language education. She lived in Asia for more than ten years and has conducted teacher-training workshops all over the world. Recently, Dr. Knell served as the Chinese immersion coordinator in Utah where she developed curriculum for Chinese immersion students. Now she serves as the BYU Chinese Flagship secondary supervisor for the F-LAN grant. She develops curriculum, conducts training seminars, and oversees assessment and research for secondary students.

Nancy West
Ms. Nancy West received her B.S. in Human Development from Brigham Young University and a TESOL certificate. Currently she has enrolled at Utah Valley University in Master of Models of Instruction. She has taught Chinese in high schools and Chinese Duel Immersion. Nancy has been a mentor, teacher trainer, and head teacher. She also worked as a STARTALK teacher trainer, assessment team member, and curriculum specialist. Currently, Nancy serves as the BYU Chinese Flagship secondary assistant supervisor for the F-LAN grant. She develops curriculum, teacher training programs, assessment, and research for secondary Chinese learning.
BYU Chinese Flagship wants to acknowledge the secondary teachers who have comprised the 2013 Utah Chinese Curriculum Advisory Council.  We deeply appreciate their dedicated work and enthusiasm in creating the current curriculum map and assessments:
  • Ms. Emmy Luo  - East High School
  • Mrs. Lan-Jy Duke – Syracuse Middle School
  • Mr. Aaron Andersen – Lehi High School
  • Mrs. Jennifer Mangleson – Summit Academy Middle School
  • Mrs. Dori Huang – Hillcrest High School and Midvale Middle School
  • Mrs. Karma Lambert – Indian Hills Middle School
  • Mr. Eric Chipman – University of Utah Confucius Institute
  • Mrs. Stacy Lyons – Renaissance Academy
Arizona State University and Confucius Institute Team
Fannie Tam 

Fannie Tam is Assistant Director of the Confucius Institute at Arizona State University. Through ASU’s Confucius Institute, Fannie oversees the partnership with Arizona’s public schools to establish eight Confucius Classrooms and to support Chinese language and culture learning for Arizona K-12 students. Prior to joining Arizona State University, Fannie was a management consultant in intercultural communication and negotiations, and was a faculty of the University of Phoenix’s MBA Program.  She currently serves on the Arizona Department of Education’s Chinese Initiative Advisory Group and is an advisor to the Contemporary Chinese School of Arizona.

Wenjing (Grace ) Xie 

Wenjing (Grace ) Xie is a Curriculum Specialist at Arizona state University’s Confucius Institute (CI) . Upon receiving  a master degree from University of Sydney, her teaching career began in 2005. Now, as a curriculum specialist at Confucius Institute, she oversees the curriculum development of eight Confucius Classrooms, works with teachers to develop effective assessment, provides workshops for teachers of Chinese, and constructs resource networks for K-12 teachers. 

The staff of the Chinese Flagship Program and Confucius Institute at Arizona State University would like to acknowledge several individuals for their contribution to and support of this F-LAN Secondary School resource website: 
  • Ms. Jin Zhang and Ms. Jingjing Zhou, for their assistance in collecting resources for teacher use
  • Ms. Adrianna DeFranco, for her valuable technical support on this project  
  • We are grateful to the Chinese teachers who provided important information, feedback, and assistance in the development of the website. They are:
  • Ms. Jingsheng Yang from Mesa Academy School 
  • Ms. Alice Fan from Rhodes Junior High School and Summit Academy; 
  • Ms. Ping Lu from BASIS Chandler School
  • Ms. Lu Hsiu-Lien Kuo from Hamilton High School. 
We are especially grateful to Ms. Michelle Wei-Cheng, a Mandarin instructor from Illinois IMSA School, for her work in developing the original Secondary School Chinese Curricular Guidebook pamphlet for Arizona, which was leveraged extensively in the development of this site.