Zhang, Jie & Zhao, Qin PSYCHOLOGY OF LANGUAGE LEARNING AND TEACHING IN CHINA Budget Narrative Travel Transportation ($1,800) A round-trip air ticket from Beijing to Nashville costs about $1600. Additional $200 is requested to cover the car rentals and gas fees to pick up and drop off the guest speaker in Nashville airport, and daily transportation in Bowling Green, KY. Lodging ($400) The guest speaker will arrive in Bowling Green, KY on April 22, Monday and leave on April 25, Thursday. Three-night hotel rooms will cost about $400, $133 per night in Courtyard Marriot Bowling Green. Food ($200) A total of $200 is calculated based on the Per Diem rate of $50 per day for the guest speaker’s four day trip to Bowling Green, KY. Honoraria/Entertainment fees ($500) A total of $200 will be used to purchase Chinese learning books, games and souvenirs from China. These gifts will be provided to the audiences without any cost. Additional $300 will be used to provide food and drinks to the two events. Miscellaneous ($100) Printing and copying workshop handouts, activities sheets, and advertisement flyers will cost about $100. Total Budget: $3,000 Cost Share from EDD and CEBS: $1,500 Dr. Tony Norman, the director of Educational Leadership Doctoral program, will provide $750 match fund from the EDD program. Dr. Sam Evans, the dean of College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, will put $750 to support the project. Amount Requested: $ 1,500 Zhang, Jie & Zhao, Qin PSYCHOLOGY OF LANGUAGE LEARNING AND TEACHING IN CHINA Project Title: Psychology of Language Learning and Teaching in China Principal Investigators: Jie Zhang & Qin Zhao Objectives and Background This proposed project aims to bring global scholarship and new perspectives of psychology of Chinese language learning and teaching to the WKU community, and boost a mutual understanding of the fields of education and psychology between China and USA. Dr. Jie Zhang, Assistant Professor of Educational Research, and Dr. Qin Zhao, Assistant professor of Psychology, in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences at WKU will invite a guest speaker, Dr. Hong Li, an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology from Beijing Normal University, to visit WKU in April 2013. Two events will be held in the week of April 22 1) to expose the WKU community to cutting edge research on Chinese language learning and instruction and evidence-based practices of teaching Chinese to native and nonnative speakers of Chinese, and 2) to present Dr. Li’s research on language and literacy development and bring in cross-cultural perspectives of psychology and education in China and USA. The first event is practitioner-oriented, and the second is more scholar-oriented. Chinese, used by the largest population in the world, is considered the hardest language to learn. Is this a true statement? Lacking an understanding of the Chinese writing system very often leads to this belief. Psycholinguistic research on learning to read Chinese over the past decade shows that like other alphabetic languages, Chinese has its unique orthography-phonology-semantic correspondence rule which can be implicitly or explicitly taught to improve language learning. Dr. Li’s research on language and reading development in typical and dyslexia children features the leading efforts to bring psycholinguistic insights into learning Chinese to international readership. Her research has appeared in numerous top-tier research journals and gained international recognitions. Seeking to understand the universal and specific aspects of typical and dyslexic development in learning to read Chinese, and improve Chinese language teaching and learning, she has established wide international collaborations with scholars in the US and Finland. Recently, she has collaborated with Dr. Zhang at WKU on two projects on word learning of native and nonnative speakers of Chinese. The two events described below reflect some fruitful results of this international collaboration. Project Description Event One: Learning Chinese: Psycholinguistics Insights and Effective Classroom Practices The first event is an interactive workshop featuring brief introduction of Chinese writing system and research on learning to read Chinese, demonstration of video clips of effective classroom practices for teaching and learning Chinese in classrooms in China, fun and engaging interactive activities and games of learning Chinese. The tentative title is Learning Chinese: Psycholinguistics Insights and Effective Classroom Practices. Dr. Li will be the presenter and Dr. Zhang will facilitate the event. The target audiences for this event are Chinese language learners and instructors in the Chinese Flagship Program and Confucius Institute, faculty and students in the Department of Modern Language at WKU, and anyone who is interested in learning Chinese language and culture in the WKU community. Throughout the 90 minute interactive workshop, the audiences will gain a deeper understanding of important features of Chinese language, and how these features can be used to improve teaching and learning Chinese. The audiences will also get a fresh look at the typical language arts lessons in elementary classrooms in China, and effective classroom intervention from Dr. Li’s project. More importantly, the audience will experience some new tools and strategies (e.g., morphology instruction of Chinese characters, computer-assisted Pinyin learning game, and shared book reading) for teaching and learning Chinese. The event is open and free to the WKU community. The tentative time is 5:30- 7pm on April 23, Tuesday. A classroom in Gary Ransdell Hall will be reserved. Light refreshments will be provided. Zhang, Jie & Zhao, Qin PSYCHOLOGY OF LANGUAGE LEARNING AND TEACHING IN CHINA Chinese learning books and small souvenirs from China will be provided to the audiences without any cost. It is estimated that about 50 people will attend. The event will be co-sponsored by the Confucius Institute (a $250 CI scholarship awarded to Dr. Zhang). WKU Confucius Institute has agreed to invite Hanban teachers and local school teachers and students to join in the event. Drs. Zhang and Zhao will contact program coordinators and Chinese instructors in the Chinese Flagship Program and the Modern Language Department to encourage their faculty and students attend the event. Finally, a flyer will be sent to the all WKU faculty and staff via listserv to swipe the event to the WKU community. Event Two: Psychology in China: An Educational Psychologist’s Perspective This 90-minute event will be divided into two parts: a research talk by Dr. Li (50 minutes) and an informal discussion (40 minutes) about the fields of psychology and education in China. Dr. Li will first introduce her research about the typical and dyslexic development in learning to read Chinese, in contrast to the broad context of reading development in alphabetic languages. Several cross-sectional and longitudinal studies involving basic research techniques (e.g., eye-tracking and genetics) will be summarized to highlight the determinant factors of Chinese children’s language development and delay. Finally, effective diagnostic and intervention strategies (e.g., morphology instruction, shared book reading, Pinyin game) for dyslexia children will be introduced. The tentative title for this talk is Understanding Reading Disability in Chinese: From Basic Research to Identification and Intervention. The target audiences are faculty and graduate students in the Department of Psychology, literacy and special education divisions in the School of Teacher Education, and faculty, staff, and students who work with language disability children in the Department of Communication Disorders. The second part of the event will feature an informal discussion about the fields of psychology in China. The target audiences are faculty and graduate students in the Department of Psychology. Dr. Li will briefly introduce the overall structure and branches of psychology at the major research I university like Beijing Normal University (BNU). It should be noted that School of Psychology at BNU has the longest and most glorious history and is a leading psychology institute in China. Dr. Li will also introduce the brief history, current trends and issues of psychology in China. Dr. Zhao will facilitate the discussion and share her observations and reflections of her recent visit to psychology classrooms at major universities in China. Finally, an open discussion will be held to exchange ideas about possible networking opportunities and research collaborations between psychology researchers at WKU and BNU. Dr. Zhao will facilitate the discussion. The target participants for this informal discussion are psychology faculty and graduate students. The audiences for this event will gain new knowledge and perspectives about basic psychological research in reading and dyslexia, and effective screening and intervention tools for language disability children, and cross-cultural views of psychology in China and the US. The event is open and free to the WKU community. The tentative time is 12:00- 1:30 pm on April 24, Wednesday. A classroom in Gary Ransdell Hall will be reserved. Lunch will be provided. Dr. Zhao will coordinate the event among psychology faculty and graduate students. Dr. Zhang will contact program coordinators and colleagues in the literacy and speciation education divisions of School of Teacher Education and in the Department of Communication Disorders to invite faculty, staff, and students to participate in the event. Electronic flyers will be sent to the target audiences by listserv emails and the print flyers will be posted in Gary Ransdell Hall and Tate Page Hall one or two weeks before the event. Drs. Zhang and Zhao, both with Ph.D. degrees in Educational Psychology, have excellent networks with psychology and education faculty in China and have organized similar events as proposed. For example, a Boyd-Lubker Visiting Scholar, Dr. Richard C. Anderson, nominated by Dr. Zhang, will be visiting WKU in March 2013. Drs. Zhang and Zhao share strong commitment of time and efforts to make this project successful and beneficial to the WKU community. If the project is funded and positive responses are received, they hope to bring in more guest speakers from different fields of psychology and education in China in the near future.