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Professor Laughlin Presenting at the Rocky Mountain Modern Languages Association Conference

Charles Laughlin is presenting a paper paper entitled “From Chinese Reportage to Independent Documentary Film: The Cinematic Turn of the Art of the Real in the 21st Century” at the Rocky Mountain Modern Languages Association (RMMLA) conference in Salt Lake City, October 6-8, 2016.

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STARTALK on UVAToday - Chinese Language Program Reaches Beyond State Borders

Since 2008, Miao-fen Tseng has served as the director of the Virginia STARTALK Chinese Teacher/Student Academy and has received approximately one million dollars in federal grants. This year UVA STARTALK has created a national leading online teaching model for world languages --the very first among 121 federally funded STARTALK programs (14 national critical languages). Please take a moment to read the following article. She will give presentations and share research findings at national and international conferences.  

2016 FLAVA Foreign Language Distinguished Service Award

Miao-fen Tseng is the recipient of the 2016 FLAVA Foreign Language Distinguished Service Award. She will receive the award on October 7, 2016 at the FLAVA conference. FLAVA is the first foreign language association that was launched in the United States.

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Professor Heldt to Present Paper at Annual AAS Meeting

Gus Heldt will be presenting a paper on the one surviving reference to "ship songs" (funa uta) from the tenth-century Tosa Diary as part of a panel he organized for the Annual AAS meeting for 2017 in Toronto on popular song from the Heian Period (794-1185) entitled "Between Court Texts and Commoner Voices: Social and Performative Aspects of Heian Song"

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2016 National Japanese Exams

The National Japanese Exam created by AATJ (Japanese language teacher's association) provides students with a diagnostic assessment of their Japanese skills. 56 UVA JAPN 1020 students took the test this past semester. 6 students received 90% or above and are ranked at 1st place out of the total of 106 participants. All of the other students who participated received the bronze category, honorable mentions, or certificates of participation. We congratulate our students who participated in this testing experience. 

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IWL Announces the Distinguished Undergraduate Award Recipients

Daniel Justus (Chinese) and Victoria Thomas (Spanish) as this year's recipients of the IWL Distinguished Undergraduate Award. The Award Committee found that these students exhibit extraordinary accomplishment in language education and demonstrate a high aptitude in cultural awareness and sensitivity as a Global Citizen!

Congratulations to our award recipients!

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End of the Year Shea Dinner (Pictures)

Thursday, April 28th, the Shea House invited faculty and students representing seven languages taught in the College of Arts and Sciences to have an end of the year dinner. With catering by Kuma and Kabob Palace, guests enjoyed a wide variety of foods from the Asian continent. This event, Shea into Summer!, is one of two annual events put on by the Shea House Language Staff that bring together students and teachers in the immersive-language environment of the House.

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Student Comments on Chinese Bridge Speech Competition

“To be able to participate in the Chinese Bridge Speech Competition was an honor. Although it was challenging, having the chance to showcase my hard work at the competition was so rewarding. I was so impressed by the level of skill and talent the other competitors possessed. Not only did my Chinese improve by participating in this competition, but so did my confidence and my presentation skills. The opportunity to go to New York with my teacher and classmates is one I would never pass up.

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DEALLC Chinese Language Student Honors

Kelly Abbinanti (何梦洁) (East Asian Studies and currently is taking 5th Year Chinese) Intern for the State Department, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs for both the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 academic year. Works directly with the US Embassy Beijing, delivering Mandarin-English translations of government, business, and independent news outlets in support of the research policy analysis team.  Essay published in UVA's Wilson Journal, the Undergraduate International Relations research journal, titled China’s Proliferation of Cyber Warfare Capabilities: Should the U.S.

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