Thank You for Coming!
Special thanks to Yew Chung International School of Shanghai - Ronghua Campus
for hosting the Conference!

Mark Your Calendars for the next conference at
Canadian International School of Guangzhou on June 27-28, 2020!

The ACAMIS Chinese Conference aims to bring together educators from across China and Mongolia to share best practices and information in the latest advancements in teaching Chinese with great ideas that can be implemented directly in each specific local context. The Conference provides an opportunity for Chinese teachers to share their expertise in the following areas:

  • Effective teaching strategies and methods
  • Curriculum design and implementation
  • Assessment for learning
  • Integrating Chinese language and culture into the curriculum, and
  • Educational theories and pedagogies that are related to Chinese teaching and learning.

Conference Highlights

Host School for 2020 Chinese Conference

We welcome you to the Canadian International School of Guangzhou (CIS), our Alberta Education Accredited School community is made up of dedicated professionals and high achieving students. CIS will challenge, inspire and create a love of learning, whether your child is entering our Pre-Kindergarten program or joining us for high school. Our K-12 Alberta Curriculum focuses on innovation, creativity and critical thinking skills. This approach to education will best prepare your child for the challenges and opportunities they will face as global citizens. It is our expert Alberta certified teachers that will inspire your child and foster their ability to develop in a safe and caring learning environment.


CIS offers a Kindergarten to Grade 12 education based on the Alberta, Canada curriculum. In 2015, CIS high school was the first Alberta school in China to achieve accreditation as an Alberta international school. We offer programs from PreK 2 – G12 at our brand new campus at No.122 of Dongyi Road, Panyu District, Guangzhou, which has a capacity for 1000 students and boarding facilities.

At CIS we value the development of the whole-child through our small-class sizes, diverse programming and extensive options and extra-curricular classes.

Howard Stribbell

Howard Stribbell was the Head of School at The International School of Macao (TIS) and the School Supervisor at the Canadian International School of Phnom Penh (CISP). He led the growth of TIS from 300 students to over 1300 students. He is the founder of the Canadian Overseas Schools Association and Warrior Foundation, a non profit foundation that works with at risk youth. Howard graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a BA (Honours), B. Ed. (Honours) and M. Ed in Educational Leadership. He has presented at numerous conferences on topics involving technology, teacher recruitment and social media.

Tanya Thiessen

Tanya Thiessen has a Bachelor’s of Education and a Masters in Educational Psychology both from the University of Alberta. Growing up Tanya lived in a small French town, where she learned to speak both official languages of Canada (French and English). Tanya has been a school administrator for the past 8 years and have been working in education for the past 13 years. Tanya believes she has the best job in the world. It is an honor to watch students learn and grow from her professional and phenomenal group of teachers. She feels very proud to be the principal of CISGZ.

No. 122 Dongyi Road, Panyu District, Guangzhou, China 广州番禺市东艺道122号
+86 20 3993 9920

CLTN Planning Committee

Chinese Language Teachers Network (CLTN) Planning Committee was developed to plan the theme and content for the conference, and select keynote speakers who can provide appropriate content for our teachers.

Emily Liao - Canadian International School of Guangzhou

Emily Liao 廖丽珍
Canadian International School of Guangzhou

Liao Lizhen (Emily) went to Shenzhen University and received B.A. in Chinese language and literature. To further study and better equip herself in teaching Chinese in international setting, she went to Hong Kong University of Science and Technology where she obtained her master degree in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language.

She currently teaches grade 8 to G12 Chinese Language and Culture for native speaker of Chinese and she’s very passionate about teaching novel, traditional Chinese poem, and prose. She seeks to actively engage students in order to make sure that students understand the beauty of Chinese literature and culture.



Peter Guo - Keystone Academy

Peter Guo 郭晓晖
Keystone Academy

Peter Guo is working at Keystone Academy as a MYP and DP teacher in teaching Language and Literature and Language Acquisition, he also be the role of Grade Level Leader in high school. He holds Bachelor Degree in Chinese Language and Literature from University of Science and Technology of HUNAN, after that he received two Master Degrees in Counselling Psychology and Educational Psychology from Assumption University and University of Kent. He worked a PhD in Educational Psychology from University of Kent. Peter Guo worked in public school and international schools in several different countries, include China, Thailand and UK.

郭晓晖(Peter),现任职于北京市鼎石学校,教授MYP和DP的语言与文学及语言习得课程,同时担任年级组长职务。他于2012年在湖南科技大学求学并获得汉语言文学学士学位,随后在Assumption University和University of Kent获得咨询心理学和教育心理学硕士学位,并最终在University Of Kent攻读教育心理学博士学位。郭晓晖曾在国内公立学校,国际学校以及泰国和英国等多所学校任职,具有丰富的教学经验。

Mary Yu - Yew Chung International School of Shanghai - Pudong Campus

Mary Yu
Yew Chung International School of Shanghai - Pudong Campus

Mary Yu graduated from East China Normal University and majored in Chinese Language and Literature. She has been involved in education for more than 20 years. In her time at YCIS, her teaching experiences ranged from Y1 to Y13, including teaching the IGCSE Chinese as First Language course and IBDP Chinese Language and Literature course. In 2010, Mary was promoted as a Chinese Co-Principal. From then on, she leads the continually development of the Chinese Language and Chinese Studies curriculum at YCIS Pudong campus. As an educator, her favorite quote about education is from W. A. White: In education we are striving not to teach youth to make a living, but to make a life.


Dan Zhu - Beijing City International School

Dan Zhu 朱丹
Beijing City International School

Dan Zhu graduated from New York University with a Master of teaching English as a second language and teaching Chinese as a foreign language. She has teaching experience of different age groups, curriculums and cultural backgrounds. This is the 6th year she works at Beijing City International School Early Childhood Center. She believes in the power of play and creating a responsive learning environment for children and she likes to see her students being happy, curious and engaged learners. In her spare time, she likes spending time with her family and friends, especially her 11 month old baby girl.

朱丹研究生毕业于美国纽约大学对外汉语教学及英语作为第二语言教学专业。现任北京乐成国际幼儿园小班班主任老师及中文语言主管。她有着丰富的教学经验,教授过从高中到幼儿园各个年龄段的学生,熟悉AP、IB DP、MYP、PYP等国际课程。她坚信玩耍和探索是幼儿最好的学习方式,作为教育者,应该通过教学环境和活动的设计来及时回应幼儿的兴趣和需求,以促进幼儿进一步的发展。她喜欢看到她的学生们积极、快乐、自信、充满好奇心地学习和成长。

Ruya Brunton - Shanghai United International School

Ruya Brunton
Shanghai United International School

Ruya Brunton is currently working as Assistant Director at Management Office of Shanghai United International School Education Center. As one of the biggest educational groups in Shanghai with twelve schools, SUIS Wan Yan campus actively participates in ACAMIS for international teaching and learning.

Ruya has many years of teaching experiences in famous International schools, she is familiar with American, IB, and British curriculum. She holds both a Master of Education from Plymouth State University and a Bachelor of Language Arts degree from Shanghai International Studies University. Besides her teaching experience, Ruya set up the Mandarin program at Campbell College, UK, and became the Chinese Ambassador to Campbell College. While at Campbell College, Ruya was interviewed by the BBC, NI connection, and Belfast Telegraph. After returning to China, she was also invited to present at different conferences, and publish articles about education in the Shanghai Daily and other local magazines. Ruya is excited to be part of the ACAMIS Chinese Conference Planning Committee and to share with such a talented and devoted group of educators.

何佩莹(Ruya Brunton)现任上海协和教育集团中心管理部助理总监。协和教育集团是上海最大的教育集团之一,旗下拥有十二所学校,其中万源校区积极参与ACAMIS的国际教育教学活动。

2019 Chinese Conference Programme

Keynote Speakers, Workshop & Peer Presenters

Job-Alike Open Space

Hands-on Job-alike Open Space is a new initiative by the planning committee to provide direct sharing and hand-on experience for the participants. In light of this year's conference theme, we would like to add the "fun" element in this job-alike session.

This 45-minute job-alike session will be held during lunch time. During the two-day conference, participants will be divided into two groups - when one group is having lunch, the other group will attend this job-alike session. After the session is completed, the two groups will switch.

This is an interactive session where peer presenters will engage participants in fun hands-on activities with their peers.

Come join us for some real fun!

Host school

Established in 1993 as Shanghai’s first independent international school, Yew Chung International School of Shanghai (YCIS) has grown exponentially over the years, opening a fifth campus in February 2018.

Our five campuses, which are located in prime areas in both Puxi and Pudong, collectively cater for Kindergarten, Primary, and Secondary students, ages 2 to 18. As a school for the children of international families, our students come from over 50 countries and regions and are educated by world-class teachers from more than 20 countries. Our international curriculum helps to develop individuals with multicultural perspectives.

YCIS Shanghai is a fully-accredited school, recognised by:

  • The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
  • The Council of International Schools (CIS)

Our Secondary Schools are authorised as accredited Cambridge Assessment Examinations Centres for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), and are International Baccalaureate World Schools, offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). We are proud to offer these world-class programmes as part of our international curriculum.

Additionally, YCIS is a member of the Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS) and of the East Asia Regional Conference of Overseas Schools (EARCOS).

At the root of our school’s philosophy is the blend of two major cultures, of the East and the West. We believe in the benefits of becoming competently bilingual and believe that the real essence of a culture must not just be understood, but truly valued. To cultivate this cultural experience for our students, our campuses are led jointly by two Co-Principals, one international and one Chinese. They represent the union of the East and West, working closely as partners to oversee their campuses.

We are delighted to host the ACAMIS Chinese Conference from June 29-30 at our brand new Ronghua Campus, located at 59 West Ronghua Road near South Shuicheng Road, in the Gubei New Area of Shanghai.

Donald Collins and Isabel Xu, Co-Principals
59 West Rong Hua Road, Shanghai 201103 , P.R.C.

+86 21 2226 7666


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