UVA STARTALK Chinese Teacher Academy for 2013

UVA will once again be hosting the STARTALK Chinese Teacher Academy in Summer 2013. As promised, here is the flyer with the announcement: 2013 STARTALK flyer


Prof. Laughlin to Engage with Experts on Journalism in China

Professor Charles Laughlin will engage with three international journalists on the state of journalism in China at 3:15 pm in Clark Hall, room 108 on Friday, February 15. New sites, blogs, and social networks have created new conduits for information about what is happening in China, some more reliable than the state-run media. For more information, see the article in UVA Today.


Language Jumpstart Program Offers Springboard for Mandarin Study

The University of Virginia’s Lorna Sundberg International Center is offering introductory language classes in Mandarin and French this semester as part of its Language Jumpstart program.

Participants will learn practical phrases, greetings, basic grammar and phonetic pronunciation.

The program will feature short lectures followed by practice in small groups with native or advanced speakers.


Chinese Corner January 24

The first Chinese Corner of the semester was held January 24, 2013. It was especially successful due to the attendance of Winter study tour college students, who participated eagerly in the proceedings!



2013 Virginia Startalk Chinese Teacher Academy

The Chinese Program has once again been awarded a federal grant to run a teaching training program this summer, for the sixth consecutive year!

About Startalk:

Earn up to five graduate credits in teaching Chinese as a foreign language
Receive intensive training and practicum experience
Incorporate authentic materials to create authentic tasks
Integrate culture and technology into teaching
Compile a comprehensive teaching E-portfolio
Enjoy historic and cultural heritage at Thomas Jefferson’s hometown


Accelerated Elementary Korean to Boost Korean Heritage Learners

A new Korean class has been added, starting in the Spring of 2014, for Korean heritage learners, so that they need not take KOR 1010 and 1020. The course will cover first year Elementary Korean in one semester.  KOR1559 is designed for Korean heritage students who have a Korean language background but who do not have formal training in reading and writing. The focus of the class is to promote students’ literacy skills.


Prof. Charles Laughlin Posts Article on Chinese Nobel Laureate Mo Yan

Prof. Charles Laughlin has published an article on Chinese Nobel Literature Prize laureate Mo Yan entitled "What Mo Yan's Detractors Get Wrong" on the opinion website ChinaFile. Read it here: What Mo Yan's Detractors Get Wrong


Chinese and Politics Double Major Joseph Riley receives Rhodes Scholarship

Chinese major and ROTC cadet Joseph Riley has fulfilled his ambition to be named a Rhodes scholar for the forthcoming academic year. Valued at between $50,000 to $175,000, the scholarships fully fund two or three years of study at England's Oxford University. Riley will be the 48th Rhodes scholarship recipient from UVA. His ambitions include pursuing a Master's degree and then a Doctorate at the hallowed British university.


2012 UVA-in-Shanghai Chinese Program Teachers' Special Issue

The Chinese teachers from the Summer UVA-in-Shanghai program, based at East China Normal University, have produced their own magazine to complement the student magazine mentioned below. Click here to read more.

UVA Undergraduates Take the Bronze at This Year’s Jiangsu Cup Chinese Speech Contest

UVA East Asian Studies major Michael Andreano and Chinese Language and Literature major David Berry were contestants at the Jiangsu Cup Chinese Speech Contest on Sunday, November 4, 2012. Held annually at George Washington University, the contest presents gold, silver and bronze awards to student competitors from colleges and universities across the greater Washington metropolitan area. Mr. Andreano received a Bronze Award in the advanced group and Mr. Berry received a Bronze Award in the intermediate-advanced group.