Columbia Friends of China
Feb 28 2007 meeting with Columbia Public Schools
Date: Feb. 28, 2007
Place: Smithton Middle School
Attendees: Bob Brady, Foreign Languages Coordinator, Lynda Linneman, EEE
gifted program teacher, & Hsiao-Mei Wiedmeyer (morning meeting). Bob
Brady, Lynda Lilnneman, Mary Jo Herde, Richard Potter , advisor for Asian
Affairs Center & Hsiao-Mei Wiedmeyer (afternoon meeting)
Bob Brady summarized the discussions of Columbia Public Schools'
opportunities for Chinese language teaching. He envisions the following
Smithton EEE gifted student classes - under the guidance of Ms.
Lynda Linneman - has been approved by Marte Bock, EEE coordinator. The
plan is to offer
- Chinese during the 3rd quarter of 2007 school year (approximately
in Jan - March 2008), Ms. Linneman will start an introductory class
on Chinese history, culture, tradition, games, foods and a basic of
Chinese language to her 6th grade gifted students. Mary Jo
will help by coordinating English teachers from China to assist Ms.
Linneman on this class
- a class with focus on Chinese language development might be
offered the following year (2009) to 7th grade EEE
- Hopefully by 2010, we will have a certified teacher to teach
Chinese in Junior High and High School levels.
- Smithton School is the pilot program. The EEE programs in the
other 2 middle school may initiate similar programs in 2008 or 2009.
- Ms. Linneman also plans to link up with schools in Laoshan to
facilitate exchanges between our students and Chinese students and
promote interests in learning Chinese.
Encore Program in all 6th grade classes
- All 6th graders in Columbia Public School have 5-6 weeks of
Encore Program to experience world culture and languages. Current
languages in this program include Spanish, French, German, Latin and
- A one day Chinese class will be offered through Encore in
academic year of 2007-2008.
- The 90 minutes presentation will introduce 6th graders a brief
Chinese history, culture and some basic language experiences.
Volunteers from Chinese community and MU Asian/Chinese program
faculties and staff will collaborate in the development of a
curriculum that will be used in all 3 middle schools. There are 12
teams of 6 graders students in each of the 3 middle schools; we will
need enough Chinese speaking volunteers to teach the 36 groups of
students during the academic year.
Curriculum and Virtual schools
- If a regular full year Chinese class as a language elective is
planned for Columbia Public schools in 2010, it will require strategy
in how to organizing curriculum and locating licensed and qualify
- HM mentioned that Ou Yan Wen, a PhD in education just completed a
Chinese course outline for MU internet High School. She is willing to
help us with our curriculum design.
- Dr. Potter found virtual Chinese courses that are ready for
internet learning for high school and elementary school students.
This program was results of collaboration by Michigan State
University and Confucius Institute in Michigan. He will ask Dr. Yong
for permission for our teachers to preview this program.
- Missouri also has a virtual high school program directed by Curt
Fuchs. Currently they are offering Spanish and Latin. We should
invite them to be part of our effort.
Resources and supports
- Mr. Brady, Ms. Linneman and HM visited Hallsville elementary
school and met with Suzanne Stillwell on Feb. 22nd. Hallsville has
had international relationship with schools in Taiwan for several
years. Ms. Stillwell graciously shared their experiences on video
conference, internet fieldtrip, traditional holidays on webpage and
email. Funding of her projects came from State Department with a
partnership with Dr. John Wedman and Dr. Jane Holland. She used a
Polycam donated by Verizon for video conference. Due to the time
differences, her students had a lock in one evening so they can
interact with students in Taiwan. Some of the considerations of this
type of set ups are firewall and how to use Mornet (or other server)
for exchanges. She has a webpage including blogs about her
- If Polycam is needed for interaction between Columbia and our
sister schools, we will need to obtain funding for a unit
(approximately $7000). Currently there is one unit at the Smithton
School but it is used by Zero Hour Math program. There is a
possibility that the EEE program will need to use it only in the
evening due to the 13 hour time differences between USA and China.
- It will help to promote Chinese language in mid-Missouri if
Columbia teachers, educators and administrators are able to
experience China first hand personally. There are both public and
private grants to fund such visits to China.
- We should compile a list of resources and links of possible
funding sites. HM will contact faculty at Confucius Institute for
- Confucius Institute at Kansas City will be a great resource for
us. Mary Jo volunteers to contact them for possible Asian Cultural
and Language workshop in Columbia for teachers. CI has supported Lee
Summit schools with their Chinese classes and we will plan a trip to
visit both CI and Lee Summit School.
- HM will organize a CFC Education Committee meeting in a week or two
to update everyone the progress we made
Minutes prepared by Hsiao-Mei Wiedmeyer