Tiao-Guan Huang

Visiting Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures Tiao-Guan Huang was invited to give two workshops in Taiwan in December. Huang also presented a paper and was invited to be a discussant at a conference.

At National Taiwan University in Taipei Huang gave a workshop, “Pedagogy Toolbox: Backward Design and OPI and Their Application to Chinese Pedagogical Design for the Graduate Program of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language.” Huang introduced the theory of backward pedagogical design with lesson plan examples. She also introduced ACTFL’s oral proficiency scales and demonstrated how to design learning activities at various levels based on the scales. Huang guided the workshop participants to design language learning activities at various levels of language proficiency and cultural understanding.

At Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages in Kaohsiung, Huang co-presented with Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures Zhuoyi Wang a lecture titled “Chinese Family Culture through Ang Lee’s ‘Father Knows Best’ Trilogy.”

Huang and Wang discussed how to use the film trilogy to help students gain an in-depth understanding of Chinese family culture in language and culture classes.  Huang also presented a paper, “A Study of Impolite Speech Acts in Comments on Chinese News Websites,” at the 2019 International Annual Conference of Taiwan Association of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language in Taipei.

In this paper, Huang argues that impolite speech acts should be considered as expressive illocutionary acts and classified into subcategories by 3-5 determinants, including propositional content, propositional content conditions, mode of achievement, preparatory conditions, and sincerity conditions. At the same conference, Huang was also invited to be a discussant of the forum “Conversation of Innovative Chinese Teaching.” Huang discussed ways to innovate Chinese language teaching at U.S. universities and colleges.

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