UISFL 2016-2019 Enhancing Undergraduate Chinese Language and Culture Studies:  Integrating Faculty and Curriculum Development
Hosted by Asian Studies Development Program
The China Project

Enhancing Undergraduate Chinese Language and Culture Studies:
Integrating Faculty and Curriculum Development
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Year-Two Schedule and Activities

 
Consortium-wide Language Workshop hosted in conjunction with the University of Central Oklahoma:  February 23-24, 2018; Edmond, OK
This meeting, hosted in Year 2, will be attended by the primary language instructors and key project coordinators from each of the four consortium schools, and will be directed by Dr. Cyndy Ning. Consortium school representatives will share lessons learned from their current curricula and language development efforts to date, and will present their drafts of language enhancement plans for both peer-review and critical engagement by Dr. Ning. Following this, Dr. Ning will make a series of presentations that will introduce participants to new approaches to Chinese language pedagogy, including multimedia approaches being developed by Dr. Ning, and that will help language instructors integrate academically significant cultural content into their teaching. This meeting will also provide an opportunity for Dr. Ning to assist consortium teams to begin the process of articulating rationales and strategies for mainstreaming student study abroad programs to China. The Language Workshop will be hosted by University of Central Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, OK.
2018 Summer Institute:  Contemporary Chinese Society

This seminar will focus on the remarkable changes Chinese society has undergone over the last century. The first week of the program will focus on China during the Republican period, the founding of the People’s Republic, and the era of the Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution. The second week will address the explosive changes occurring over the past forty years of economic and social liberalization. As in Year 1, pedagogy sessions will be conducted for both language and humanities and social science faculty.


Over the course of each Summer Seminar, institutional teams will be responsible for outlining a specific core course for a planned Chinese studies certificate or minor. Individual participants will be responsible for developing a 3-4 week course module that can be used to infuse Chinese content into courses already being taught on their campuses in the humanities and social sciences. Teams will also develop concrete plans for how their home institutions can best and most practically realize greater symbiosis between undergraduate course content in the humanities and social sciences with “best practices” for Chinese language learning.



Zhang Daqian; Mountains Clearing after Rain; ca. 1965-1970;

Photo Credit:  www.metmuseum.org

Year-2 Core Course Workshop at Partner Colleges
In each year of the project, Core Course Workshops will be hosted on each of the four consortium member campuses. These workshops will bring two relevant Chinese area studies specialists and the Project Director to each campus for two days. Following content-based presentations in a seminar-like setting for the 6-member campus team and other interested faculty members and students, the visiting specialists and Project Director will meet with the team members to assess revisions of the course curriculum designed the previous summer. The visiting experts will also: offer feedback on the host institution’s progress in improving and expanding Chinese language and area studies offerings; make presentations to the entire campus community; lead discussions in two to three classrooms; and meet with appropriate administrative personnel.

The Core Course Workshop in Years 1 and 2 will be organized to further explore the content areas focused on in the Summer Seminars that precede them.
Core Course Workshop at Berea College

October 26-27, 2018
Berea, Kentucky
Core Course Workshop at Kirkwood Community College

September 17-18, 2018
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Core Course Workshop at Mt. San Antonio College

October 1-2, 2018
Walnut, California