Contemplative Pedagogy and its Application to CFL Course Design


Speaker(s): Ran Zhao, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Chinese
This presentation will give a brief introduction to the contemplative pedagogy (CP) and its application in higher ed. The presenter will then discuss why CP can and should be applied to designing courses of world languages. The majority of this presentation will be concrete examples of how CP was used in the presenter's first-year and third-year Chinese classes. Specific in-class activities and outside-class assignments will also be shared and discussed to show why and how CP can be effective in world language classrooms, which can serve multiple purposes of language learning, community building, and cultivating holistic growth and flourishing.

Ran Zhao earned her Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition from Carnegie Mellon University in 2004. She works as Associate Professor of Chinese in the Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures in the University of Virginia. She also serves as the Director of the Chinese Language Program. Ran Zhao served as the president of the Association of Chinese Language Teachers of Virginia in 2019-2020 and was recently elected to serve on the next Board of Directors of the Chinese Language Teachers Association, USA. Ran Zhao has published articles and gave talks on various topics such as teaching Chinese tones, grammar, reading, culture and community building.
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