Hsuan-Ying Liu’s conference proposal titled "Ready for the coming era of teaching and learning Chinese? A case study of K-12 schools” has been shortlisted for the Taochung Yao Memorial Award (a.k.a. the Yao Award) this year. Hsuan-Ying is a doctoral candidate focusing on Chinese applied linguistics in the Department of East Asian Studies. The proposal is based on her dissertation research that examines the facilitating factors as well as barriers for learners of Chinese to continue their language learning as they transition from high school to college. She will present the study and compete with the three other candidates at the upcoming International Symposium on Chinese Language Teaching and Learning in April.
The Yao Award was established in 2015 to remember the legacy of Dr. Taochung (Ted) Yao and support graduate students in the U.S. to present research related to the teaching and learning of Chinese. Dr. Yao was probably best known for authoring Integrated Chinese, one of the most popular Chinese language textbooks in North America. It is also worth mentioning that Dr. Yao was also an EAS alumni. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Chinese Language and Culture in 1980.
We are proud for the legacy of Dr. Yao and for the achievement of our current graduate students. Congratulations to Hsuan-Ying, and please join us in wishing her best luck at the conference!
Please find out more information about the Yao Award here: http://clta-us.org/awards/tao-chung-ted-yao-memorial-award/
More information about Dr. Ted Yao is here: http://clta-us.org/tao-chung-ted-yao-obituary/