I love languages, so I studied linguistics in college and graduate school, where I also taught Chinese for six years in total. My current teaching position at Mount Union opened up just two months prior to my graduation from the Ohio State University. How could I miss this opportunity? I would say, teaching my native language and promoting my native culture in a foreign country, per se, are my proudest professional accomplishments.
I am committed to the communicative approach in all language courses I teach, which emphasizes the target language as the tool of communication instead of a set of linguistic forms organized without context. My primary teaching objective, accordingly, is not only to teach students the Chinese language through its grammar and vocabulary, but also to train students to use it in a variety of real-life situations, that is, in context. In this sense, the end goal of my teaching is to prepare students for successful, cross-cultural communication using the target language; linguistic knowledge is but a necessary means in achieving this goal.
Best Part of Teaching
I enjoy teaching at Mount Union because of the close interaction between faculty and students. I also like the professional and friendly relationship among faculty members. Mount Union is a unique place where faculty enjoy much freedom in designing and teaching courses and are fully motivated to invest in students.
Favorite Place on Campus
The Peterson Field House is where I like to spend my time outside of the classroom. That is the place where I often play indoor soccer with our Purple Raider students!
Why I Encourage Students to Study Chinese
Let me simply quote what Jack Markell (Governor of Delaware) and Gary R. Herbert (Governor of Utah) said in 2016: "Tomorrow's leaders must be able to compete, work and thrive in a globalized world with diverse, multilingual consumers and economies in which China and the U.S. will continue to be major players…… Chinese proficiency will provide American students with more opportunities as they work to enhance our relationship with a powerful economy, which is also the destination for more than $110 billion in U.S. exports…… not just for trade and economic development, but for security, education and more."