Venture Beyond Language: Building a Cultural-Enhanced Chinese Studies Program at Carnegie Mellon University
Founded in 1992, the Chinese Studies Program at Carnegie Mellon University has had different opportunities and challenges in the different stages of its development. This talk will use specific examples from curriculum design, course development and enrollment promotion to showcase and discuss how the Chinese Studies program at CMU has gradually evolved from a traditional program that focuses largely on language instruction to a cultural-enhanced program where language and culture educations co-exist to enrich and enhance each other.
About The Speaker: Dr. Gang Liu is an Associate Teaching Professor and Coordinator of the Chinese Studies Program at Carnegie Mellon University. He is the Executive Chief Editor of Studies in Chinese Learning and Teaching. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Chinese Language Teachers Association (National CLTA) and the Chinese Language Teachers Association of Western Pennsylvania (CLTA-WPA). He has developed and taught Chinese language courses at all levels and culture content courses on business language and culture in China, traditional Chinese poetry, literature and thoughts, Chinese ghost stories and culture, modern Chinese society, and Chinese documentary films. His research interests include classical Chinese poetry, literati miscellanies, Chinese as a Foreign Language (CFL) pedagogy, and technology enhanced learning. He co-edited/authored four books published by Peking University Press, Tradition and Transition: Teaching Chinese Culture Overseas, Living overseas: Cases, Strategies and Guidance for CFL teachers around the World, Cross-cultural Communication: Teaching Chinese in the Global Context and Tales of Teachers: Case Studies and Reflections from CFL Classrooms in North America. He is also the author of the children's book series Luoluo ting's Adventure in Ancient Chinese Mythology.