Jin Presents on LCTL Panel
Hong Gang Jin, the William R. Kenan Professor of East Asian Languages and Literature and director of the Associated Colleges in China program, was an invited speaker at a conference held Sept. 23-24 in Washington, D.C. The conference was organized by the U.S. Department of Education’s International and Foreign Language Education office.
Jin presented “Building Sustainable Programs for Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL): A Working Program Model for Undergraduate Students” as part of a panel on “Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs): Offering and Sustaining LCTLs, Assessing and Reporting Language Proficiency in LCTLs.”
She discussed the importance and challenges of building a sustainable LCTL program and focused on the “curricular planning, innovative instructional strategies and coherent programming over the entire four years of student’s undergraduate study” required to develop such a program.
She presented a working model program with “clear institutional goals, a solid four-year curriculum, an experience-based study abroad program and a rigorous senior research project using the target language.” Jin also discussed ensuring the long-term success and stability of the program “by diversifying program offerings and by establishing good partnership with different departments and institutions in the target country.”