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Mercyhurst hosts professors from China

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

An exchange of gifts and greetings marked the beginning of a 10-day visit to Mercyhurst University by four professors of English from the Shanghai Business School in China.

The Mercyhurst Department of World Languages and Cultures and the Center for English Language Studies (CELS) are hosting the visitors Dec. 1-10 for a workshop on Curriculum Development for Business English Courses.

Funded by the Chinese government, the workshop provides professors Xianta Jiang, Hong Liu, Guiyun Wang and Ping Yu with information on creating student-learning objectives, designing English-language curriculum for the business classroom, intercultural communication and textbook review and selection. 

Mercyhurst faculty facilitating the workshop include Dr. Daliang Wang, associate professor of Chinese; Keiko Miller, assistant professor of Japanese; Janelle Newman, academic director of CELS; Robert Cullen, assistant professor of finance and economics; Dr. Alice Edwards, professor of Spanish; Julee Strek, instructor of ESL; Martin Senger, part-time instructor of ESL; Olga Klimova-Magnotta, Merton Fellow in Russian; and Dr. Christina Riley Brown, associate professor of English.

The workshop is one of several endeavors implemented by the Chinese program at Mercyhurst to develop real-world opportunities for students and to promote the university internationally. Mercyhurst is in its second year of hosting students from the Shanghai Business School, who are completing a study-abroad semester on the Erie campus. Wang also leads an annual credit-bearing trip to China for his students.

For the second year in a row, Mercyhurst is hosting a Chinese teaching assistant from the Confucius Institute. Ju Tao will spend one year working with Wang, assisting him in the classroom, tutoring, and offering conversation opportunities to students of Chinese.

PHOTO (l-r) Ping Yu, Xianta Jiang, President Michael Victor, Daliang Wang, Guiyun Wang and Hong Liu