Tuesday, June 20, 2017

ICLP's Approach to Learning Chinese

ICLP’s Approach to Learning Chinese:

Taipei’s National Taiwan University (NTU) is home to one of the most prestigious Mandarin language programs in the world. The International Chinese Language Program (ICLP) focuses on improving students’ scholarly speaking abilities. ICLP alumni praise the program for the dramatic results it produces. So, what is the secret to ICLP’s success?

The program prides itself on its unique approach to learning. ICLP bases its curriculum on “5 Principles” and “8 Actions.” Students that adopt the “5 Principles” and consistently utilize the “8 Actions” are guaranteed to drastically improve their Chinese speaking abilities in only a matter of eight weeks.

Let’s examine ICLP’s 5 Principles:

Focus on Content Relevant to You   At ICLP, the administrators and professors tailor the curriculum to their students’ needs. With many students hoping to use Chinese in their academic coursework and in their future professions, the program focuses on teaching Mandarin for scholarly use. They have found students are better able to retain information that is relevant to them. Ultimately, the program aims to prepare students to use Chinese in their everyday academic and professional lives after leaving the program.

Use the Language to Communicate   As students begin to learn the language, it is critical that students use what they learn to communicate. Students’ communications will reinforce what they learn in the classroom. To encourage this principle, ICLP is a language immersion program. Students must sign a pledge to speak only Chinese while at school and are encouraged to continue utilizing Chinese as they explore Taiwan. In such an environment, students learn from both their professors and their classmates.

Prioritize Understanding the Message   At ICLP, learning is believed to come through understanding. When learning Chinese, students are tempted to prioritize learning what characters look like before learning their meaning. Ultimately, the message is more important for communication. For this reason, the program is structured to emphasize listening comprehension and speaking.

Emphasize Physiological Training   To reinforce successful learning, it is critical that physiological training be a cornerstone of your language study. Because Chinese is a tonal language, students who pay attention to tones early on will have a more wholesome understanding of the language and find greater success in their communications.

Your Psycho-Physiological State Matters   The last, and what ICLP coordinators believe to be the most critical principle in the study of the Chinese language is approaching the learning process with passion and a positive mindset. We will all face our own difficulties throughout the course of our language study, but only those who embrace optimism and maintain their passion for Chinese language and culture will be able to persevere.

Now, let’s examine ICLP’s 8 Actions:

Listen A Lot   While beginners may not be able to communicate effectively, they can improve their communication skills more quickly through active listening. Listening can take place both in and outside of the classroom.  Also, because Chinese is a tonal language, it is critical that students listen to perfect their own speaking and pronunciation. ICLP creates a great environment for listening as students and teachers each agree to speak only Chinese on campus. While beginner students may be overwhelmed at first, they find themselves recognizing new words and phrases each day to use in their own communications.

Focus on Meaning before Words   Instead of simply memorizing what characters look like, ICLP encourages students to use what they learn to increase their overall understanding of the Chinese language and culture. When learning characters, it is critical that students learn the meaning and history behind the words. This meaning-based approach to language study reinforces the learning process and the student’s memory.

Start Mixing   At ICLP, language instructors believe in teaching roughly equal parts nouns, verbs, and adjectives. As you diversify what you learn, you will be able to communicate more effectively and on a broader range of subjects.

Focus on the Core   Instead of teaching Chinese as a progression from simple to challenging words and sentence structures, at ICLP the teaching staff focuses on “the core.” To get students communicating in Chinese more quickly, ICLP prioritizes teaching high frequency vocabulary that will form the core of a student’s every day and professional communications.

Get a Language “Parent”   To reinforce what students learn in the classroom, and to foster ongoing language use students are encouraged to get a language parent. A student’s language parent is anyone they can practice their Chinese with on a regular basis. Without a language parent, students are more likely to not use their Chinese outside of the classroom. A language parent is a critical part of the long-term learning process.

Copy the Face   For students focused on improving their speaking abilities, copying the face is important. Pronunciation can be perfected by both listening and mirroring. Students that pay attention to nuanced facial expressions and how words are enunciated will achieve quicker success.

Establish a Direct Connection to Mental Images   While ICLP emphasizes speaking, they do encourage students to attach mental images to words to help remember the various Chinese characters. Creating such connections will reinforce a student’s reading skills as well as speaking.

Focus on Syntax/Syntactic Rules   To effectively communicate using Chinese, focusing on syntax is crucial. Without a working knowledge of Chinese syntactic rules, one will not be able to master the language. So, at ICLP students focus on learning these rules and applying them to their daily communication. In the immersive environment, these syntactic rules are reinforced and students begin communicating more accurately. With the goal of producing academic speakers, ICLP instructors work to diversify students’ knowledge of syntactic rules.

As I begin my summer studies at NTU, I will embrace ICLP’s approach to language study. I can only hope that this method will improve my speaking abilities as it has all the students before me.

Katelyn DeNap
George Washington University - Elliott School of International Affairs
M.A. Security Policy Studies
Organization of Asian Studies – Vice President
Sigur Center 2017 Asian Language Fellow
National Taiwan University - International Chinese Language Program, Taiwan

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Asia Events Weekly Roundup: April 30 - May 6

Each week, Asia on E Street posts a list of free Asia-related think tank talks, panel discussions, and other such events scheduled for the upcoming week in Washington DC. This list includes events that we host here at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies.

Our Asia Events Weekly Roundup for April 30 - May 6:

Japan's Strategy for the Trump Administration
Monday, May 1, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
https://www.csis.org/events/japans-strategy-trump-administration

Key Elements for a Stable Pakistan
Monday, May 1, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
United States Institute of Peace
https://www.usip.org/events/key-elements-stable-pakistan

Prospects for Freedom in Hong Kong at the 20th Anniversary of the Handover
Monday, May 1, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
The Heritage Foundation
http://www.heritage.org/asia/event/prospects-freedom-hong-kong-the-20th-anniversary-the-handover

Continuity and change in U.S.-Japan economic relations
Tuesday, May 2, 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Brookings
https://www.brookings.edu/events/continuity-and-change-in-u-s-japan-economic-relations/

Global Ties: Increasing Diversity in Chinese Education
Wednesday, May 3, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Confucius Institute U.S. Center
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/global-ties-increasing-diversity-in-chinese-language-and-cultural-education-tickets-34032788988

Superfast Primetime Ultimate Nation: The Relentless Invention of Modern India
Wednesday, May 3, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
http://carnegieendowment.org/2017/05/03/superfast-primetime-ultimate-nation-relentless-invention-of-modern-india-event-5571

Cybersecurity for Tokyo 2020
Thursday, May 4, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
https://www.csis.org/events/cybersecurity-tokyo-2020

A New Vision for U.S.-India Partnership in the Pacific
Thursday, May 4, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
The Heritage Foundation
http://www.heritage.org/asia/event/new-vision-us-india-partnership-the-pacific-0

Jimmy Carter, China, and the Failed US-China Comprehensive Test Ban Negotiation: 1976-1981
Friday, May 5, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Sigur Center for Asian Studies
https://www2.gwu.edu/~sigur/news/events/events2017/2017_may5_CarterandChina.cfm


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Northeast Asia Practice Fellowship: Graduate Fellow (Japan/Korea)

Graduate Fellow, McLarty Associates

Location: Washington, D.C.  Type: Full Time in Summer, Part Time during Academic Year Department: Northeast Asia


Friday, April 21, 2017

Asia Events Weekly Roundup April 23 - April 29

Each week, Asia on E Street posts a list of free Asia-related think tank talks, panel discussions, and other such events scheduled for the upcoming week in Washington DC. This list includes events that we host here at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies.

Our Asia Events Weekly Roundup for April 23 - April 29:

A Conversation with the President of the AIIB, The Hon. Jin Liqun
Monday, April 24, 11:00 AM
Atlantic Council
http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/events/upcoming-events/detail/a-conversation-with-the-president-of-the-aiib-the-hon-jin-liqun

Extremism in South Asia: New Ways to Respond?
Monday, April 24, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
United States Institute of Peace
https://www.usip.org/events/extremism-south-asia-new-ways-respond

The long war in Afghanistan and the Trump administration: What’s at stake, what should be the course?
Monday, April 24, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Brookings
https://www.brookings.edu/events/the-long-war-in-afghanistan-and-the-trump-administration/

Book Talk: By More than Providence: Grand Strategy and American Power in the Asia Pacific Since 1783
Monday, April 24, 12:30 PM
Global Taiwan Institute
http://globaltaiwan.org/2017/04/apr-24-michael-green-book-talk/

The Future of US-China Relations: Reflections on the Presidential Summit
Monday, April 24, 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Confucius Institute U.S. Center
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-future-of-us-china-relations-reflections-on-the-presidential-summit-tickets-33825126865

Chinese Repression and Uyghur Militancy at Eurasia's Crossroads
Tuesday, April 25, 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
Hudson Institute
https://hudson.org/events/1418-chinese-repression-and-uyghur-militancy-at-eurasia-s-crossroads42017

The CSIS-Pertamina Banyan Tree Leadership Forum with Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan
Tuesday, April 25, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
https://www.csis.org/events/csis-pertamina-banyan-tree-leadership-forum-luhut-binsar-pandjaitan

“Strengthening India-Afghanistan Strategic Relations in an Uncertain World” Address by H.E. Shaida Abdali, Ambassador of Afghanistan to India
Tuesday, April 25, 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Brookings
https://www.brookings.edu/events/india-afghanistan-and-connectivity-in-south-asia-address-by-h-e-shaida-abdali-ambassador-of-afghanistan-to-india/

The CSIS-Pertamina Banyan Tree Leadership Forum with Josh Frydenberg
Wednesday, April 26, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
https://www.csis.org/events/csis-pertamina-banyan-tree-leadership-forum-josh-frydenberg

Rebalance, reassurance, and resolve in the U.S.-China strategic relationship
Wednesday, April 26, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Brookings
https://www.brookings.edu/events/rebalance-reassurance-and-resolve-in-the-u-s-china-strategic-relationship/

ASIA 2017: The View from Capitol Hill
Friday, April 28, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Heritage Foundation
http://www.heritage.org/asia/event/asia-2017-the-view-capitol-hill

China, A Haven for Jewish Refugees: Discussion and Book Signing
Friday, April 28, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Confucius Institute U.S. Center
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/china-a-haven-for-jewish-refugees-a-discussion-and-book-signing-tickets-33640870750

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Council on Foreign Relations Job Openings: Asia Studies Research Associate, China Studies Research Associate

Research Associate, Asia Studies

Location: New York Salary Rate: Based upon education and experience Type: Full Time Department: David Rockefeller Studies Program

CFR’s David Rockefeller Studies Program is one of the country’s largest foreign policy think tanks with a widely respected and influential research staff. The Studies Program aims to advance the discussion of American foreign policy and international affairs through its writing, publications, public outreach, and discussions.

The research associate will work under the direction of the C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies. 

The major responsibilities of this position will include (but are not limited to):

  • Spearheading new digital projects that inform policymakers, business leaders, and the general public about Asian regional affairs and U.S. policies toward Asia.
  • Proposing and implementing creative outreach methods to amplify the publications and activities of Asia program fellows.
  • Boosting the Asia program’s online presence, including managing social media accounts (Twitter and Facebook) and administering the Asia Unbound blog and the Asia program website pages.
  • Designing and authoring monthly Eyes on Asia newsletters, and producing weekly Asia Unbound podcasts.
  • Coordinating meetings and collaborative projects between Asia program fellows and research associates.
  • Researching specific areas as requested by the fellow. Tracking news and data sources on Asian foreign policy and other economic, political, security, and environmental issues.
  • Handling writing assignments, including writing research memos and editing blogs and articles.
  • Assisting with events, including preparing materials for distribution and providing other logistical support, and providing miscellaneous administrative support to the fellow.

Qualifications:

  • BA degree in international relations or a related field, with strong academic credentials and coursework in Asian studies
  • Advanced Asian language skills a plus
  • Proactive, self-starter mentality
  • Related administrative and/or internship experience
  • Strong research, proofreading, and editing skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook

Founded in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is a leading nonprofit membership organization, research center, and publisher, with headquarters in New York, an office in Washington, DC, and programs nationwide. It is dedicated to increasing America's understanding of the world and contributing ideas to U.S. foreign policy. CFR's 5,000+ members are leaders in international affairs and foreign policy. CFR also publishes Foreign Affairs, the preeminent magazine on global issues, and provides up-to-date information about the world and U.S. foreign policy on its award-winning website, CFR.org.

The Council on Foreign Relations offers a benefits package that is among the best offered by nonprofit institutions today, including an award-winning health and wellness program, an on-site fitness center, and generous leave policies and health insurance programs.

Qualified candidates should email or mail a resume and cover letter to the Human Resources department at the above address.  PLEASE INCLUDE THE POSITION NAME IN THE SUBJECT OF YOUR EMAIL. The Council on Foreign Relations is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
58 E. 68th St., NY, NY 10065
FAX +1 212.434.9893
humanresources@cfr.org
www.cfr.org

More info
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Research Associate, China Studies

Location: New York Salary Rate: Based on education and experience Type: Full Time Department: David Rockefeller Studies Program

CFR’s David Rockefeller Studies Program is one of the country’s largest foreign policy think tanks with a widely respected and influential research staff. The Studies Program aims to advance the discussion of American foreign policy and international affairs through its writing, publications, public outreach, and discussions.

The research associate will work under the direction of the C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies. 

The major responsibilities of this position will include (but are not limited to):

  • Researching specific areas as requested by the fellow. Tracking both English and Chinese-language news and data sources on Chinese domestic and foreign policy, including economic, political, security, environmental, and other issues.
  • Handling writing assignments, including writing research memos and editing blogs and articles.
  • Providing administrative support to the fellow, including responding to media requests, arranging travel, and handling correspondence.
  • Coordinating events, including preparing and sending invitations, scheduling, corresponding with speakers and presiders, helping to prepare background papers and materials for distribution, and providing other logistical support.
  • Managing finances, including preparing budgets and tracking monthly statements, monitoring grant information and writing reports and requests, creating and updating Excel spreadsheets, and preparing vouchers for reimbursement.
  • Assisting the fellow with social media outreach, including promoting content on Twitter and podcast production.  

Qualifications:

  • BA degree in international relations or a related field, with strong academic credentials and coursework in Chinese studies
  • Advanced Mandarin Chinese language skills are required, with the ability to conduct research with and translate Chinese-language materials
  • Related administrative and/or internship experience
  • Strong research, proofreading, and editing skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook

Founded in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is a leading nonprofit membership organization, research center, and publisher, with headquarters in New York, an office in Washington, DC, and programs nationwide. It is dedicated to increasing America's understanding of the world and contributing ideas to U.S. foreign policy. CFR's 5,000+ members are leaders in international affairs and foreign policy. CFR also publishes Foreign Affairs, the preeminent magazine on global issues, and provides up-to-date information about the world and U.S. foreign policy on its award-winning website, CFR.org.

The Council on Foreign Relations offers a benefits package that is among the best offered by nonprofit institutions today, including an award-winning health and wellness program, an on-site fitness center, and generous leave policies and health insurance programs.

Qualified candidates should email or mail a resume and cover letter to the Human Resources department at the above address.  PLEASE INCLUDE THE POSITION NAME IN THE SUBJECT OF YOUR EMAIL. The Council on Foreign Relations is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background.

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
58 E. 68th St., NY, NY 10065
FAX +1 212.434.9893
humanresources@cfr.org
www.cfr.org

More info

Friday, April 14, 2017

Asia Events Weekly Roundup April 16 - April 22

Each week, Asia on E Street posts a list of free Asia-related think tank talks, panel discussions, and other such events scheduled for the upcoming week in Washington DC. This list includes events that we host here at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies.

Our Asia Events Weekly Roundup for April 16 - April 22:

Religion and the Search for Meaning in the People’s Republic
Monday, April 17, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Kissinger Institute - Wilson Center
https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/religion-and-the-search-for-meaning-the-peoples-republic

China’s New Silk Road Strategy and India’s Options: Competitive Cooperation?
Monday, April 17, 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Sigur Center for Asian Studies
https://www2.gwu.edu/~sigur/news/events/events2017/2017_apr17_chhibber.cfm

China’s Global Rise: Can the EU and U.S. pursue a coordinated strategy?
Tuesday, April 18, 4:30 PM
The Institute of World Politics
http://www.iwp.edu/events/detail/chinas-global-rise-can-the-eu-and-us-pursue-a-coordinated-strategy

Book Forum on Ian Johnson's, "The Souls of China: The Return of Religion after Mao"
Tuesday, April 18, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
https://www.csis.org/events/book-forum-ian-johnsons-souls-china-return-religion-after-mao

Reframing Taiwan’s History
Wednesday, April 19, 2:00 PM
Global Taiwan Institute
http://globaltaiwan.org/2017/04/apr-19-reframing-taiwans-history/

Next Steps in the South China Sea
Thursday, April 20, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
The Heritage Foundation
http://www.heritage.org/asia/event/next-steps-the-south-china-sea

Taiwan’s Path to Marriage Equality
Thursday, April 20, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Organization of Asian Studies
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/taiwans-path-to-marriage-equality-tickets-33447924643

U.S.-India Economic Ties in the Trump-Modi Era
Friday, April 21, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
https://www.csis.org/events/us-india-economic-ties-trump-modi-era

Pakistan’s Economic Reforms: Its Quest for Investment, Prospects for Development, and Social Change
Friday, April 21, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
The Heritage Foundation
http://www.heritage.org/asia/event/pakistans-economic-reforms-its-quest-investment-prospects-development-and-social-change



Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Job Opportunity: ISC Program Manager

Program Manager, International Student Conferences (ISC)
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until May 10, 2017

Description

International Student Conferences (ISC) is currently seeking an entrepreneurial Program Manager to organize, promote, and manage its three flagship programs: the Japan-America Student Conference (JASC), Korea-America Student Conference (KASC) and US-Japan-Korea Trilateral Forum.

The Program Manager is responsible for managing these programs under the general guidance and supervision of the Executive Director. S/he will provide mentorship, and administrative support to the student leaders and assist the Executive Director on long-term strategic goals.

An ideal candidate for this position will be interested or have experience in: nonprofit management, share ISC’s commitment to building the next generation of U.S.-Asia Pacific leaders and possess demonstrable experience in mentoring and guiding students to achieve their full potential.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Ensure successful and seamless programs
  • Oversee student delegate recruitment
  • Oversee site planning as planned by student leaders
  • Track progress and ensure student leader deadlines are being met
  • Participate in international conference calls and meetings with student leaders and partners
  • Process expenses and reimbursements, ensuring programs stay within budget
  • Provide student mentorship and guidance where necessary
  • Work with students to prepare materials for programs
  • Support the ED in organizing, planning and implementing ISC's annual Trilateral Forum
Outreach and Marketing
  • Increase awareness of ISC and its programs to potential delegates and partners
  • Research and implement best practices for ISC to use
  • Support ED in creating and maintaining partnerships
  • Support ED in new initiatives
Reporting
  • Help prepare narrative reports and survey results that describe program activities, accomplishments and feedback
  • Provide information, photos and videos that display program's impact
  • Provide timely reports on updates and communication with student leaders
Other Duties as Assigned
Depending on the candidate’s background and experience, additional responsibilities may include long-term projects, such as:
  • Alumni relations
  • Publications
  • Fundraising
  • Grant Writing
  • Strategy
  • Social media/website maintenance.

Qualifications

The Program Manager will bring a variety of experience and assets to ISC, including:
  • Minimum of two years of professional experience in an office setting with event planning and project management responsibilities;
  • Proven ability to effectively work with and mentor university-level students from diverse backgrounds;
  • Enthusiastic, pro-active team player with positive and flexible attitude, ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment;
  • Excellent communication skills and familiarity working with remote team members in different time zones
  • Superior organizational and time management skills with an ability to effectively multi-task and meet deadlines;
  • Willingness to be entrepreneurial and think creatively to help others identify innovative solutions;
  • Bachelor’s degree required;
  • Japanese or Korean language skills strongly preferred;
  • Valid passport and availability to travel to Northeast Asia as well as throughout the U.S.;
  • Position is based in DC metro area, but requires travel in U.S. and Asia
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States
How to Apply
Interested candidates are to complete the supplemental questionnaire and send resumes to hr@iscdc.org by May 10, 2017.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only those who complete this two-step process will be considered for the position. No phone calls please.