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Miao-fen Tseng

On April 13, 2018, Miao-fen Tseng, the Director of the Institute of World Languages and Associate Professor of Chinese, received an award from Jefferson Trust to launch Language Forward Initiative in fall 2018. The initiative creates real-time immersive online programs that aim to expand opportunities for UVA students to interact with native speakers abroad. Building on connections forged by 12 UVA language faculty, students in 10 languages across 7 language departments will partner with native speakers abroad for synchronous online communication in 2018-19.

The Virginia STARTALK Chinese STUDENT Academy (VSCSA) continues to partner with the Virginia STARTALK Chinese TEACHER Academy (VSCTA), a reputed residential teacher training program, to create a national leading model on learning Chinese language and culture online for rising 9-12th graders in the U.S. The program offers a 12-day virtual journey, featuring individualized instruction that brings real-world experiences into online learning.