Huei-Yun (Irene) Chen

Visiting Professor - Chinese Studies

I started my language teaching career since 2003, when was the very first time I lived in oversea and volunteered in Panama.  This unforgettable experience led me to the journey of developing my teaching pedagogy, and later on, the second language acquisition as well.

During the past years, I have been taught Chinese in Dominican Rep., Taiwan and Beijing, each enlightened me in different ways.  I have also participated in various Chinese programs such as Associated Colleges in China (ACC) and Language and Cultural Immersive Program of Waseda University.  All these experiences showed me that teaching should originate from the people who are learning, not from the books.  Each learner is like a unique organism and may learn the world by his/ her own way; learning would happen only when it’s been treated appropriately (that’s what called 因材施教 in Chinese).

What I believe is that everything we did matters and carries its meaning.  We learned from what we experienced, what we experienced shaped how we recognize of this world.  We may not achieve what we want at once, but we can learn not to afraid of failing, and keep trying.  The way to obtain what we truly want is to do it, and to do it constantly; the way to achieve what so-called succeed, is likely the same.

Expertise

Pragmatics, Chinese/Taiwan history and culture, Phonetic analysis (Praat), Curriculum design, Second language acquisition

Education

MA, Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, National Taiwan Normal University;

BA, Human Resource Management and Business Administration, Chinese Culture University

Course List

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CHLA 8315 - Business Chinese      

Fall 2013 - MIIS

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CHLA 8324 - Modern Chinese I      

Topics such as social phenomena, cultural differences and current issues will be introduced and discussed in this course. The objectives of the course are to develop the language proficiency of participants and to have a better understanding of Chinese world.

Spring 2014 - MIIS

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CHLA 8345 - Modern Chinese II News & Media      

Spring 2013 - MIIS

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CHLA 8368 - ChineseHstoryThruCinema/X Talk      

Spring 2013 - MIIS

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CHLA 8380 - Politics & Media I      

Politics and Media I is a seven-week intensive course that focuses on the updated economic and political situation of Chinese-speaking countries. It also looks into the media coverage of presidential election, the impact of Arab Spring, financial and economic situation across the straits.

Fall 2013 - MIIS

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CHLA 8410 - CurrentIss:ChinaTaiwanHongKong      

This course aims to get a better understanding of the relation between China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Topics such as politics, economics, ethnic identities, and the current issues will be introduced and discussed. Abundant and various styles of reading/ materials will be expected.

Spring 2014 - MIIS

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CHLA 8482 - World Economy/ China Economy      

This course focuses on the world/ China economy issues. The interrelation and interaction in-between China and the World economy will be examined via issues discussions and cases studies. Abundant and various styles of reading/ materials will be expected.

Spring 2014 - MIIS

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