CI Lecture: Making Meaning in a Foreign Language and Culture - By Dr. Galal Walker
Mon. Mar 26, 2018
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Dr. Galal Walker is Professor of Chinese at the Ohio State University. He promotes the study of East Asian languages through the Performed Culture Approach. Dr. Walker’s lecture will focus on learners of Mandarin Chinese and draw attention to what that language “knows” about the world that beginning foreign learners of it do not know. He will draw on examples of language in context to emphasize the observation that learning requires at least two elements to make meaning. This is a truism that is more easily stated than realized in action. Professor Walker will strive to engender a discussion along those lines that explain why this simple concept is difficult to reify.
Dr. Walker is Director of the National East Asian Languages Resource Center and a co-designer of the Mid-west US-China Flagship Program, the Critical Language Scholarship Program (2012-2014) and a member of the Board of Visitors for the Defense Language Institute (2012-2018). He has numerous publications on Chinese pedagogy and developed a wide variety of language and teacher training programs. He has been recognized for his contributions to Chinese studies--nationally by grants and awards from governments and private foundations and in China by central and provincial government ministries and agencies.