During the pandemic, the opportunity of meeting Chinese native speakers for Chinese language learners at MSU is limited. Students feel isolated because of the lack of interactions with peers outside the Zoom classes. In this presentation, I will discuss appropriate and efficient ways to build a virtual Chinese learning community to provide students chances to communicate with peers and Chinese native speakers. On the platform, students can use the target language in practical communication, improve cultural awareness, and feel connected and supported by participating in online cultural events and other activities.
About the Discussant:
Xuefei Hao, Academic Specialist of the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages at Michigan State University. She teaches Chinese at all levels. Her research interests include linguistics and applied linguistics, Chinese pedagogy, teacher education, heritage language education, curriculum design, and language program design and development. She is also an active Chinese language and culture promoter in the Great Lansing area, who has served as provost, principal, and board member at the local Chinese community school.
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