Accomplishments & Transitions
- Margarita Ribas Groeger retired following the IAP after 25 years of teaching at MIT
- Ellen Crocker retired at the close of the academic year after 39 years of teaching at MIT
- Takako Aikawa was selected as a Faculty Fellow by the SHASS Programs in Digital Humanities for spring 2021 MORE
- Elizabeth Wood and Maria Khotimsky were awarded an MIT d’Arbeloff Fund for Excellence in Education award for their project “Russia Real and Imagined Through the Ages – “Introduction to Russian Studies”: Developing an Innovative, Hands-on Exploratory Course” MORE
- Haohsiang Liao completed work on an edX MOOC, Chinese Language in Culture, Level 1MORE
- Takako Aikawa published “An analysis of Japanese language learners’ errors and misuses” in the Proceedings of the 26th Princeton Japanese Pedagogy Forum, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ; and “Virtual Reality for Language Learning,” in the Proceedings of the 2020 Asian Conference on Language, Tokyo, Japan.
- Tong Chen was editor-in-chief of a new textbook, Teaching Basic Chinese Grammar: Communicative Strategies and Activities, published by Cheng & Tsui Publishing. MORE
- Sabine Levet’s co-authored chapter, “Open by Design: the Cultura Project,” with S. Tschudi, was accepted for C. Blyth and J. Thoms (eds) Open Education and Foreign Language Learning and Teaching: The Rise of a New Knowledge Ecology, to be published by Multilingual Matters.
- Leanna Rezvani’s book review of Female Authorship, Patronage, and Translation in Late Medieval France: From Christine de Pizan to Louise Labé, was accepted for publication in theSixteenth Century Journal.
- Emma Teng’s book Eurasian: Mixed Identities in the United States, China, and Hong Kong, 1842-1943 was published in Chinese translation in June 2020 with a new preface and foreword by National Taiwan University Press. She also published a review of Chien-Hsin Tsai’s A Passage to China: Literature, Loyalism, and Colonial Taiwan in the Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies.
- Sandra Ward published an article on African Americans in the time of Coronavirus in Die Welt,and “Der bessere Milliardär” in the German magazine, Focus.
Talks & Research Presentations
- Takako Aikawa: “Virtual Reality for Language Learning,” the Asian Conference on Language, Tokyo, Japan (March 2020)
- Tong Chen: “Focus on Forms or Focus on Themes,” Brandeis University (March 2020); “The Principles of Elaboration and Exercises”, Chinese Language Teachers Association Special Interest Group (February 2020)
- Jane Dunphy: “L2 Technical Writers: Three Common Trouble-spots,” for MIT School of Engineering; “Presenting Research: The Academy, Government and Industry,” for MIT SCMb Master’s Program (both January 2020)
- Hee-Jeong Jeong: “Blended-Learning Modules for Business Korean” Workshop (with S. Lee and J. Song), 25th American Association of Teachers of Korean Conference, Columbia University (June 2020)
- AC Kemp: “Preparing English Language Learners for Job Interviews,” TESOL Connections (June 2020)
- Maria Khotimsky: co-organizer and presenter at the international conference “Contemporary Translation in Transition: English, German, and Russian Poetry” (March 2020)
- Min-Min Liang: “Responsive Classroom: Classroom Interaction for Active Learning,” for the Han Yu Yi Jia online teaching forum (February 2020)
- Haohsiang Liao: “Chinese Language Instruction in the Midst of Pandemic,” New England Chinese Language Teachers Association Colloquium (May 2020)
- Emma Teng: “Boston’s King Incident of 1905: Chinese Students and the Intersectionality of Race and Class,” invited lecture, Newhouse Center for the Humanities and Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Wellesley College (March 2020), and “從婦女研究到台灣研究：路徑•觀點•方法” [From Women’s Studies to Taiwan Studies: Trajectory, Perspectives, Method], invited lecture, Taiwan History Museum, Tainan, Taiwan (January 2020)
- Kang Zhou: “Thoughts on Developing a Structured Chinese Calligraphy Course at College Level,” for New England Chinese Language Teachers Association (May 2020)
Student News & Awards
- SHASS Salute to Seniors profiled GL majors, minors, concentrators (Jordan Alford, Andres Alvarado, Riley Ennis, Liam Fenlon, Kaleigh Hunt, Carolyn Jons, Sonja Lindberg, Cathy Nguyen, Booker Schelhass, Kristin Sheridan, Chase Vogeli, and Sherry Zhou)
- Russian students competed in 4th Annual New England Olympiada of Spoken Russian
- Kaleigh Hunt profile: “What drew me to German classes at MIT”
- Jordan Alford profile: “Having a second language gives you access to other worlds and ideas”
- Joanna Lin profile: “Joanna Lin: A future doctor studies French”
- Award for Excellence recognized outstanding students (First Prize: Kaleigh Hunt. Madeleine Kline was awarded the Margarita Ribas Groeger Distinguished Scholar. Nia Myrie was awarded Ellen Crocker Distinguished Scholar.)
- Miyagawa Japanese Prize was awarded to students who demonstrated excellence in Japanese classes (Tuyet Pham, Zhengkai Huang)
- German Studies Excellence Award honored students who exhibit exceptionally strong skills and effort in the study of German language and culture at MIT (First Prize: Kaleigh Hunt. Second Prizes: David Darrow, Jaeyoung Jung, Chase Vogeli. Third Prizes: Stefan Damchevski, Savannah Lawrence, Kyle Markland. Honorable Mentions: Margarita Misirpashayeva, Charles Roques-Carmes)
- Isabelle de Courtivron Writing Prize was awarded to (First Prize: Miriam Wahid. Second Prize: Elaine Wen. Honorable Mentions: Kidist Adamu, Talia Pelts, Haniya Shareef.)
- Minor and two Concentrators win Fulbright Fellowships (Booker Schelhaas, Kedi Hu, Christien Williams)
IAP Study Abroad
- Madrid Spanish classes taught by Mariana San Martin and Margarita Ribas Groeger MORE
- January Scholars in France program led by Catherine Clark MORE
- Pilot language and cultural immersion program launched in Shenzhen, China, taught by Haohsiang Liao and Tong Chen MORE
- June – August 2020 Virtual International Film Series
- 05/28/20 Global Languages Spring Fest
- 04/23/20 T.T. and W.F. Chao Distinguished Buddhist Lecture Series: Venerable Miao Guang, “Mindfulness in a Time of Pandemic”
- 04/08/20 World Languages Day Virtual Tea!
- 03/09/20, Pedagogy Lecture Series, Angelika Kraemer, Director of the Language Resource Center, Senior Lecturer in the Department of German Studies, at Cornell U. “Languages Across the Curriculum”
- 03/06/20 Screening of Bong Joon Ho’s academy-award winning film ‘Parasite’ (Cosponsored with MIT-Korea)
- 02/26/20 Global Languages Colloquium, “Online Teaching” panel with Douglas Morgenstern, Liana Ewald, Sun-Hee Lee, and Hee-Jeong Jeong
- 02/25/20 Global France Seminar, Régis Coursin, U. of Montreal “Against Slavery: Approaching Republican Atlantic, circa 1769-1791”
- 02/24/20, Pedagogy Lecture Series, Felix Kronenberg, Director of the Center for Language Teaching Advancement, and Associate Professor of German, at Michigan State U., “Designing Physical Language Learning Spaces in the Age of Ubiquitous Computing” (Cosponsored by DH Lab)
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