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Hang Du

Associate Professor of Chinese

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Office Hours: On leave 2014-2015
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Hang Du, a native of Beijing, has been calling the Green Mountain State home for ten years now. She holds an MA in Linguistics, and a Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition from the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT) at the University of Arizona. Prior to joining the Chinese Department in 2004, she had taught first-year Chinese in the Middlebury Chinese School for two summers in 2001 and 2002. Her language teaching includes over 15 years’ experience teaching beginning Chinese, second-year Chinese, and senior seminars about contemporary Chinese culture and society for students who have returned from study abroad in China, using all authentic material written/produced by and for the Chinese people. In addition, Hang Du has had extensive training in giving the Chinese Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) following guidelines created by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). She has also designed standardized test items for American Councils for International Education to assess students’ Chinese proficiency in the Flagship programs in China.

Hang Du’s main research area is the acquisition of Chinese as a second language. Her publications include a book entitled The Acquisition of the Chinese ba-construction (2006), and an article entitled “The Development of Chinese Fluency during Study Abroad in China,”publishedin the Modern Language Journal (2013). Her research interests also include language teaching methodology and assessment. She has served as a peer reviewer for several major journals in her field, such as the Modern Language Journal, Applied Linguistics, Foreign Language Annals, and Journal of Chinese Language Teachers Association.

Hang Du has been involved in the Linguistics initiative at Middlebury, which resulted in a successful Linguistics Minor in 2010, since its inception. She taught a linguistics first-year seminar called “Language Acquisition” in 2009, and her Chinese/Linguistics 270 (Chinese Sociolinguistics), which she offers every spring, satisfies requirements for both Chinese major and Linguistics minor.  

Hang Du will be on sabbatical during the 2014-2015 academic year. With the support of a fellowship from the Digital Liberal Arts (DLA) Initiative at Middlebury College, she will be working on two main research projects: a corpus linguistics study of how Chinese speakers in different Chinese-speaking communities use the ba-construction in both speaking and writing, using large digital databases; and qualitative analyses of study abroad data that she has collected over the past six years using digital tools such as NVivo.

 

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CHNS 0101 - Beginning Chinese      

Beginning Chinese
This course is an introduction to Mandarin (guoyu or putonghua). The course begins with simple words and phrases, the pronunciation and cadences of Mandarin, romanization, Chinese characters, and simple vocabulary items, all taught in the context of practical communication. Sentence patterns and other fundamentals of speaking, reading, and writing will be taught, including both traditional characters (used everywhere before the 1950s and still used in Taiwan and Hong Kong) and simplified characters (used in China). Students should have achieved active command of more than 600 Chinese characters and more than 800 compounds by the end of the sequence CHNS 0101, CHNS 0102, CHNS 0103. 5 hrs. lect., 2 hrs. drill

LNG

Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013

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CHNS 0102 - Continued Beginning Chinese      

Beginning Chinese
An intensive continuation of CHNS 0101, this course is required of those wishing to take CHNS 0103 in the spring. Students may anticipate learning a significant amount of new vocabulary, sentence patterns and idiomatic expressions. Skits, oral presentations, writing assignments, and cultural activities are also part of this course. (CHNS 0101)

LNG WTR

Winter 2012, Winter 2014

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CHNS 0103 - Beginning Chinese      

Beginning Chinese
This course is a continuation of the fall and winter terms with accelerated introduction of vocabulary, grammar, and sentence patterns designed to facilitate speaking and reading. Toward the end of this semester students will read Huarshang de meiren (Lady in the Painting), a short book written entirely in Chinese. (CHNS 0102 or equivalent) 5 hrs. lect., 2 hrs. drill

LNG

Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014

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CHNS 0270 / LNGT 0270 - Chinese Sociolinguistics      

Chinese Sociolinguistics (taught in English)
Sociolinguistics is mainly concerned with the interaction of language and society. The language situation in China is unique both in the modern world and in human history. We will gain a good understanding of sociolinguistics as a scientific field of inquiry through exploring the Chinese situation in this course. Some of the questions we will ask are: What is Mandarin (Modern Standard) Chinese? Who are "native speakers" of Mandarin? Are most Chinese people monolingual (speaking only one language) or bilingual (speaking two languages) or even multilingual? How many "dialects" are there in China? What is the difference between a "language" and a "dialect"? Are Chinese characters "ideographs", i.e., "pictures" that directly represent meaning and have nothing to do with sound? Why has the pinyin romanization system officially adopted in the 1950s never supplanted the Chinese characters? Why are there traditional and simplified characters? We will also explore topics such as power, register, verbal courtesy, gender and language use. Students are encouraged to compare the Chinese situation with societies that they are familiar with. (One semester of Chinese language study or by waiver)

AAL SOC

Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014

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CHNS 0425 - Chns Social Issues Adv Rdngs      

Contemporary Social Issues in China: Advanced Readings (in Chinese)
A survey of materials written in modern expository Chinese (academic, journalistic and polemical) that focus on the cultural, political, economic, and social issues of contemporary China. This advanced readings course is designed primarily for seniors who have already spent a semester or more studying and living in China or Taiwan. Emphasis will be given to further developing students' ability to read, analyze, and discuss complex issues in Mandarin while also advancing proficiency in writing and in oral comprehension. Oral reports and written compositions will be integral to the course's requirements. (Approval Required) 3 hrs. lect.

AAL LNG

Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013

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CHNS 0500 - Independent Project      

Senior Essay
(Approval Required)

Fall 2010, Winter 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

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CHNS 0700 - Senior Essay      

Senior Thesis
(Approval required)

Fall 2010, Winter 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015

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CHNS 0701 - Senior Thesis Research      

Senior Thesis Proposal
(Approval Required)

Fall 2013, Fall 2014

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CHNS 0702 - Senior Thesis      

Senior Thesis
(Approval required).

WTR

Winter 2014, Winter 2015

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Expertise and Research Interests

First and second language acquisition

The acquisition of Chinese

Chinese linguistics, esp. syntax

Language teaching methodology