Hang Du

Professor of Chinese

Chinese Department Chair

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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 major publications include the book The Acquisition of the Chinese ba-construction (2006), and two recent articles: “The Development of Chinese Fluency during Study Abroad in China,” published in the Modern Language Journal (2013), and “American College Students Studying Abroad in China: Language, Identity and Self-presentation,” published in Foreign Language Annals (2015). 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 year, satisfies requirements for both Chinese major and Linguistics minor. She is teaching a first-year seminar called "First Language Acquisition" in fall, 2015.



Course List: 

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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, and CHNS 0103. 5 hrs. lect., 2 hrs. drill LNG

Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019

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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 2016

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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 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020

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CHNS 0201 - Intermed Chinese      

Intermediate Chinese
This course is designed to enable the student to converse in everyday Chinese and to read simple texts in Chinese (both traditional and simplified characters). Discussion of assigned readings will be conducted primarily in Chinese. Familiarity with the vocabulary and grammar introduced in CHNS 0101, CHNS 0102, and CHNS 0103 is assumed. Grammatical explanations, written exercises, dictation quizzes, sentence patterns, oral drill, and CD's will accompany assignments. By the completion of CHNS 0202, which follows CHNS 0201 directly, students should be able to read and write approximately 1,200 characters. (CHNS 0103 or equivalent) 5 hrs. lect., 1 hr. drill LNG

Fall 2015

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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 NOA SOC

Fall 2015, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020

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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 NOA

Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019

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CHNS 0500 - Independent Project      

Senior Essay
(Approval Required)

Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020

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CHNS 0700 - Senior Essay      

Senior Thesis
(Approval required)

Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020

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CHNS 0701 - Senior Thesis Research      

Senior Thesis Proposal
(Approval Required)

Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019

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CHNS 0702 - Senior Thesis      

Senior Thesis
(Approval required). WTR

Winter 2016, Winter 2017, Winter 2018, Winter 2019, Winter 2020

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FYSE 1269 - First Language Acquisition      

First Language Acquisition
A normally-developing child can acquire any human language in the right environment, yet it is much more difficult for adults to achieve native proficiency in a second language. Why? In this course we will explore questions such as: How does first language acquisition happen? Is it effortless? Are humans “hardwired” with language? Is it true that after the “Critical Period,” i.e., the onset of puberty, humans have lost this capacity? We will also explore social and cultural constraints on language acquisition, and learn basic techniques for collecting and analyzing data in language acquisition research. 3 hrs. sem. CW SOC

Fall 2015

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LNGT 0266 - Second Language Acquisition      

Second Language Acquisition: Theories and Research
Why do most people have an accent when speaking a language they learned after a certain age? What are the processes and mechanisms behind the acquisition of an additional language? Why are there larger individual differences in the acquisition of a second language than in the first? These are some key questions addressed in second language acquisition (SLA) research. In this course we will study various SLA theories, research methodologies, and findings. We will also learn how to conduct basic SLA research, including collecting and analyzing data, and writing a report, following accepted conventions in the field. 3 hrs. lect. DED SOC

Spring 2016

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Expertise and Research Interests

First and second language acquisition

The acquisition of Chinese

Chinese linguistics, esp. syntax

Language teaching methodology

Program in International and Global Studies

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