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Social action project: Chinese and Taiwanese parent perceptions of Chinese immersion programs in the U.S. with Dr. Zhongfeng Tian, Dr. Becky H. Huang and Dr. Marsha Jing-Ji Liaw
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Event Description

This webinar features a research team’s story of designing and implementing a social action project – a national survey study investigating Chinese and Taiwanese parent perceptions of Chinese immersion programs in the U.S. This team consists of four bilingual educators and researchers aiming to raise public awareness of seeing bilingualism as assets, to broaden the linguistic representation (in addition to Spanish-English combinations) in bilingual education research, and to promote heritage language learning and education among Chinese and Taiwanese communities. Specifically, in this presentation they will unpack the opportunities and challenges emerging from the research process, share some preliminary results, and conclude with major lessons learned for anyone who would like to conduct studies of similar scale and nature.   

Dr. Zhongfeng Tian is an Assistant Professor of TESOL/Applied Linguistics at the University of Texas at San Antonio. His research focuses on translanguaging, dual language immersion education, and preparing language teachers with social justice orientations. He is the co-editor of two books: ​​“Envisioning TESOL through a Translanguaging Lens: Global Perspectives” (Springer, 2020) and “English-Medium Instruction and Translanguaging” (Multilingual Matters, 2021).

Dr. Becky H. Huang is an Associate Professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). She is also the Director of the Language Learning and Assessment Laboratory at UTSA. Her research focuses on bilingual/second language learning, literacy development, and language assessment. She co-founded the Language Assessment for Young Learners Special Interest Group at the International Language Testing Association.

Dr. Marsha Jing-Ji Liaw is currently curriculum director at Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School. Her research draws on critical sociocultural perspectives to examine second language and literacy teaching and learning. Her research centers on critical biliteracies, that is, how children can become critical in two language systems, and how knowing two languages can contribute to children being critical.

Dr. Tina Wang, earned her Ph.D. degree in Cultural, Literacy, and Language from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). She is currently an Associate Researcher at the Achievement & Assessment Institute at the University of Kansas and a Research Consultant at UTSA. Dr. Wang specializes in second language assessment and program evaluation.