The College of Idaho will offer classes on Chinese language and culture this coming academic year, providing students with an opportunity to learn more about the world’s most populous nation. Lin Yueh-Chih 林嶽峙, a Fulbright Teaching Assistant from Taiwan, has been assigned to the College and will teach Chinese language and culture courses during the fall and spring semesters as well as Chinese grammar and phonetics during the winter 2014 session.
Having Lin come to the C of I is a great opportunity for students, political economy professor Dr. Robert Dayley said.
“Courses in Chinese language and culture help prepare students in the social sciences and business with an international perspective,” said Dayley, who teaches Asian studies and other international political economy courses at the C of I.
Lin grew up in the countryside of Northern Taiwan near the tourist village of Jiufen. When she was nine, Lin’s parents started up a bed and breakfast and provided local tours for tourists. There was one problem: her parents didn’t speak English. They could only communicate through body language and gestures, so Lin undertook learning English, practicing her newfound English skills on tourists. Before long, she was showing foreigners how to bargain at local markets, teaching them what short cuts to take and sharing the stories behind local temples, schools and relics. Through those experiences, she discovered her calling: teaching.
Lin has taught English for more than five years and received her bachelor’s degree in foreign language and literature at Tsing Hua University in Taiwan and her master’s degree in TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) from the same school. When Lin discovered the Fulbright scholarship, she devoted all her efforts to applying for the program.
Professor Dayley says Lin’s role at the College will be more than just an educator.
“Not only will she be teaching Chinese, but she will be an ambassador for Chinese culture and for Taiwan, her home country,” Dayley said. “The reach of Chinese cultural influence goes beyond the mainland throughout much of East and Southeast Asia.”
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