East Asian Languages and Literatures is pleased to sponsor a talk by Dr. Madeline Spring, a professor from Arizona State University.
Date: Friday, April 4, 2014
Time: 3:00 – 4:00pm
Location: Moore Hall 258
This talk contextualizes the challenges faced by modern language programs as they try to address the national demand for increased numbers of students who are globally competitive across a wide range of disciplines. In offering ways to develop an articulated curriculum that includes content-based instruction delivered in the target language, the speaker will present an overview of best teaching practices in Chinese Language Flagship Programs across the country. Specifically, the presentation will discuss results and challenges of the Chinese Flagship Program at Arizona State University, which began in 2007. In addition to data about the ASU Flagship, proficiency gains in all Chinese Language programs will be considered. Issues of assessment and sustainability in programs such as Flagship will also be addressed, as well approaches to facilitating students’ understanding of in-depth intercultural communication and enhanced familiarity with canonical knowledge, i.e., core aspects of the Chinese literary, historical, and philosophical traditions.
Light refreshments will be served.