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

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

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