Vacancies at Shea House for Spring 2017

Interested in living in an environment of total language immersion just steps from central grounds? There are 9 vacancies at Shea House for Spring 2017: 6 female spaces, 2 male spaces, and 1 single room in the following language communities: 2 Japanese, 1 Korean, 1 Persian, 1 Arabic, 4 Chinese.

Interested? Please apply through Housing & Residence Life or go to the Shea House website and follow the “apply now” link for more information.


IWL Director, Miao-fen Tseng, Received the 2016 Helen Warriner-Burke FLAVA Distinguished Service Award

Please join us in congratulating the IWL Director, Miao-fen Tseng, for receiving the 2016 Helen Warriner-Burke FLAVA Distinguished Service Award on October 7, 2016. As the Board of Education of the Commonwealth of Virginia puts it, the award “honors one foreign language professional each year who has made outstanding contributions to the profession in the commonwealth of Virginia.” It brings honor to Miao-fen Tseng “as a professional of the highest caliber, . . .


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Ran Zhao Admitted to UVA's Academy of Teaching

Ran Zhao was one of the three faculty members university-wide to be accepted to UVA’s Academy of Teaching this year. Please check out this website for more information about this program from the Center for Teaching Excellence.


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.