With the rapid increase of Chinese students on US higher education campuses, many faculty and staff are finding themselves with very limited understanding of Chinese history and culture. But at the most basic level is the need to be able to pronounce Chinese student names. This session will give a brief overview of the Chinese language system, a short but comprehensive guide to Mandarin intonation, and an interactive pronunciation session that will leave participants with a basic yet powerful command of Chinese linguistics. Participants will also learn how cultural tradition, governmental regulations, and holidays play a significant role in student classroom behavior and etiquette.
Presenter: Megan Jeffrey, M.A., Program Manager, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School