If You Could Teach Another ClassI hope to teach a course about pop culture in the world, specifically TV programs in the United States and China.
Interesting Fact About YourselfPeople would probably be surprised to find out how often I’ve watched Friends and The Big Bang Theory. I’ve seen them so many times that I’m familiar with each episode.
If You Weren’t a ProfessorI’d probably be a lawyer.
Places to Visit or Things to DoI have always wanted to visit Egypt. I’m fascinated by places that have a long history.
Hobbies and InterestsI like traveling. I like knowing about the world as much as I can.
University Faculty Spotlight:
Dr. Ting Shen
Title: Assistant Professor of Chinese and Director of the Discover China Program
Chinese Language and Culture
I love Chinese language and culture and really enjoy sharing that enthusiasm with my students. China has a long and splendid history and cultural heritage. It’s a great pleasure for me to talk about it with students who are really interested in international culture.
I want my classroom to be 100% student centered. I teach content that will be meaningful, authentic and interesting for my students. Most importantly, I want to teach students language skills that they will be able to use in their real life and future goals. To achieve this goal, I try to plan organized classroom instruction including interesting cultural activities and various games. Technology is another important technique to keep my classes engaged.
I am doing a research project about successful Chinese teachers in hopes of finding out what factors really help a Chinese program grow. Other than the language curriculum change I have developed, I am also developing the curriculum for a Chinese culture course that will include cooking, films and pop culture, among other topics.
Best Part of the Job
My favorite part of my job is seeing my students develop great skills in Chinese while enjoying the classes.
I spend most of my time in the Kolenbrander-Harter Information Center (KHIC), and I like it the most. It’s a beautiful building with great views.
The individual attention we give to our students really makes Mount Union unique. Professors work very hard and try to help every student grow academically. We are always here for students.
Careers after Mount Union
When we as professors consider our students’ academic development, their future career is always the most important factor.
My research interests focus on foreign language pedagogy, second language acquisition and applied linguistics. I am particularly interested in the use of multimedia and online resources.
B.A., Chinese Language and Literature, Peking University
M.Phil., Chinese Language and Literature, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Florida