Donglin Chai, Crista Cornelius and Bing Mu from the Chinese Language Pedagogy program have recently won the First Prize in the Cengage Learning Award for Innovative Excellence in the Teaching of Chinese as a Foreign Language. This is a national award competition organized by CLTA (Chinese Language Teachers’ Association). Their winning project is “Tiyan rizhi 《体演日志》: Maximizing Community-based Learning in Chinese Study Abroad Contexts”. The prize-winning team is invited by the award committee to go to the 2014 Chinese Language Teachers’ Association Annual Meeting held in San Antonio to receive the award in person.
FACTS about Tiyan rizhi
Tiyan rizhiis a task-based and performance-oriented material designed specifically for
Chinese study abroad programs serving intermediate- to advanced-level learners. Tiyan rizhi teaches students to how to understand and participate in social interactions in Chinese by guiding them through skill-getting and skill-using processes by which these interactions become comprehensible and performable. Tiyan rizhi was adopted as part of the curriculum for The Ohio State University’s Office of International Affairs 2014 Intensive Chinese Language Program in Suzhou. Tiyan rizhi was also used a part of the curriculum for the US Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program at all four of its Chinese language institutes in 2014.