Developing Automated Self-Assessments to Help Students Learn Better from Tutorial Videos in Flipped Courses

Ran Zhao's project is on embedding auto-graded self-quizzes in tutorial videos so that students can learn the content in the video more effectively. Another objective is to is to improve the Lesson tool in Collab so that we can streamline the pre-class study (video-watching, self-quizzing, receiving feedback, re-playing any section of the video if necessary, re-taking the quiz, moving on to next video) on a centralized platform and in a more fluid manner. 


Charles A. Laughlin Presents a Collection of Contemporary Chinese Novellas

Charles A. Laughlin, Liu Hongtao & Jonathan Stalling, eds., By the River: Seven Contemporary Chinese Novellas (Tulsa: University of Oklahoma Press, 2016). Coming out November 10, this is a collection of seven novellas from the past 15 years by Wang Anyi, Han Shaogong, Li Tie, Jiang Yun, Chi Zijian, Fang Fang, and Xu Zechen, featuring translations by Charles Laughlin, Andrea Lingenfelter, Eleanor Goodman and Lucas Klein, with a critical introduction to the place of the novella in modern and contemporary Chinese literature by Charles Laughlin with Liu Hongtao.


UVa Chinese Studies Faculty Figure Prominently in a Symposium on Leisure and Chinese Culture

The upcoming fall 2016 issue of Chinese Historical Review will feature a symposium edited by Charles A. Laughlin on “Leisure and Chinese Culture,” and which includes an introductory essay by Laughlin and papers by two other UVa Chinese studies faculty.


Celebrating Miao-fen Tseng's third book published in 2014.

Miao-fen Tseng has her third book published in 2014. The book entitled “The Handbook of Tasks and Rubrics for Teaching Mandarin Chinese” (Volume I) begins with an overview of task design and implementation, followed by eleven chapters on different themes that are targeted at novice and intermediate-low level of proficiency. Each chapter has different tasks across three communicative modes, step-by-step instructions, instructional strategies, and most importantly, task-specific rubrics that are ready to use and can be easily tweaked for adaption.


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.


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.


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"


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.