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Hsin Hsin Liang

Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Office location and address
1605 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Education
M.A. in Chinese literature, University of Wisconsin M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language
University of Michigan Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Michigan
Biography

I view teaching Chinese as a foreign language my passion and lifelong career. Teaching brings constantly renewed joy because one teaching method can never fit all. Students vary and times change. As a teacher, one needs to keep learning and keep changing, adjusting, experimenting and readjusting. Teaching humbles me as the students bring surprises and challenges which constantly remind me that there remains much to be learned. And I enjoy being a life long learner.

My research focuses on the application of theories to very practical matters in teaching Chinese. The hardship of once being a novice teacher has inspired me to write articles to help those who are serious about becoming a professional teacher, but have yet to achieve that goal. I believe that many years of teaching experience does not necessarily make one a successful teacher. To know exactly how to become a successful teacher is essential, and I would like to make some contribution to our field by providing know-how.  In addition to the teaching-related research, my newly developed interests include how to enhance students’ writing skills by having them analyze the dynamics in well written Chinese essays and by designing content-based courses for them at the advanced Chinese level.

As Director of the University’s program in Chinese since 2002, I have had opportunities to make innovative changes in the curriculum and in our approach to teaching Chinese as a foreign language. This includes the creation of more advanced language courses (Fourth Year Chinese and beyond), thematic courses at the Fifth Year level (Business Chinese, Media Chinese, Geopolitics and Chinese), as well as introducing student-centered practical approaches in the classroom. The program itself, with the teamwork of a group of talented, professional and innovative teachers, has expanded to serve the community with the Language Corner, the outreach program, the on-Grounds summer Chinese program in the Summer Language Institute, the STARTALK teacher training program and the collaboration with high schools and the Weekend Chinese School. Since 2002 we have had a very productive collaboration with the East China Normal University in Shanghai.  As the Field Director of the UVA-in-Shanghai Chinese Language Program since 2006, I transformed this study abroad program into a platform where the students of Chinese can learn Chinese and culture in an immersion environment and the graduate students of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language can practice teaching Chinese.  2008 marked our first collaboration with the Inter-Universities Program (formally Stanford Center in Taipei and currently IUP in Tsinghua University in Beijing) allowing us to accept one of the IUP teachers to teach in our program for a year. I feel blessed and fortunate to realize many of my professional dreams at the University of Virginia!

AS-EALC Virginia STARTALK Chinese Teacher Academy for 2016
Source: National Security Agency
April 28, 2016 – February 28, 2017
AS-EALC STARTALK Teacher Academy for 2015
Source: National Security Agency
April 16, 2015 – February 28, 2016
AS-EALC STARTALK Teacher Academy for 2014
Source: National Security Agency
April 21, 2014 – February 28, 2015
AS-EALC STARTALK Chinese Teacher Academy for 2013
Source: National Security Agency
April 18, 2013 – February 28, 2014
AS-EALC STARTALK 2012
Source: National Security Agency
April 05, 2012 – February 28, 2013
CHIN 1010: Elementary Chinese
Credits: 4
Introduction to the fundamentals of modern Chinese. No prerequisites. This course is not intended for native or near-native speakers of Chinese. All four basic skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) are equally stressed. Prerequisite: none.
CHIN 1020: Elementary Chinese
Credits: 4
The second in a two-semester introduction to modern Chinese. All four basic skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) are equally stressed. Course is not intended for native or near-native speakers of Chinese. Prerequisite: CHIN 1010 or equivalent background (as demonstrated in the department's placement test).
CHIN 1559: New Course in Chinese
Credits: 1–4
New course in the subject of Chinese.
CHIN 2010: Intermediate Chinese
Credits: 4
Builds on the foundations acquired in CHIN 1010-1020 with further refinement of all four basic skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Course is not intended for native or near-native speakers of Chinese. Prerequisite: CHIN 1020 or equivalent background (as demonstrated in the department's placement test).
CHIN 2020: Intermediate Chinese
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: CHIN 2010, 2020 are the continuation of CHIN 1020. They are not intended for native or near-native speakers of Chinese. The goals of this course are to help students improve their spoken and aural proficiency, achieve a solid reading level, and learn to express themselves clearly in writing on a variety of covered topics using learned grammar patterns and vocabulary. These goals are approached through grammar and reading-writing exercises, classroom drills, listening and speaking activities, and written quizzes and exams.
CHIN 3010: Pre-Advanced Chinese I
Credits: 3
This course is the continuation of Intermediate Chinese (CHIN 2020). All four basic skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) are equally stressed. Readings and discussions are related to various aspects of modern China. The class is conducted mainly in Mandarin Chinese. Prerequisite: CHIN 2020 or 2060 or equivalent (as demonstrated in the placement test).
CHIN 3020: Pre-Advanced Chinese II
Credits: 3
This course is a continuation of CHIN 3010. Readings and discussion are related to various aspects of modern China. The class is conducted mainly in Mandarin Chinese. All four basic skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) are equally stressed. Prerequisite: CHIN 3010, CHIN 3050, Placement Test Results or Instructor Permission
ZFOR 3506: International Study
Placeholder course for students studying abroad
ZFOR 3508: International Study
Placeholder course for students studying abroad
ZFOR 3512: International Study
Placeholder course for students studying abroad
CHIN 3559: New Course in Chinese
Credits: 1–4
New course in the subject of Chinese.
CHIN 4010: Advanced Chinese I
Credits: 3
This course is a continuation of CHIN 3020. The goal of these courses is to help students understand journalistic essays and some literature pieces through systematic study of sentence patterns and formal writing styles. All aspects of Chinese language learning are still evenly balanced. Prerequisites: CHIN 3020 or equivalent.
CHIN 4020: Advanced Chinese II
Credits: 3
This course is a continuation of CHIN4010. Readings and discussion are related to various aspects of modern China. The class is conducted in Mandarin Chinese. All four skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) are equally stressed. Students constantly work with authentic materials and engage in communications with native speakers in various formats and contexts. Prerequisite: CHIN 4010, Placement Test Results or Instructor Permission.
CHIN 4030: Business Chinese
Credits: 3
Business Chinese is a one-term language course for business purposes designed for students who have studied Chinese for at least four years in a regular college program or with the equivalent language proficiency. It is aimed to enhance student's Chinese skills in the business context and promote their understanding about the macro and micro business environment and culture in contemporary China.
CHIN 4993: Independent Study in Chinese
Credits: 1–3
Independent Study in Chinese.
CHIN 5810: Media Chinese I
Credits: 3
Studies electronic and print media in Chinese, emphasizing current events as reported in the Chinese speaking world, to further develop oral and written proficiency. Prerequisite: CHIN 5020 or equivalent, or instructor permission.