Spring Global Insights Opens with Chinese Language

    International exchange scholar Chia-Ying (Andie) Liao
    February 14, 2019

    Throughout time, children have heard from their mothers, “Don’t use that tone with me.” In the Chinese language, as well as others, intonation and inflection is everything. Even a slight alteration in tone can completely change what you are trying to say. Global Insights invites you to experience the Chinese language in a fascinating, interactive presentation given by exchange scholar Chia-Ying (Andie) Liao, MA, of Taiwan, on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the Rose Room, Brennan Hall 509. Registration is required. 

    Andie, who has a master of arts in applied Chinese language and culture, has enjoyed working as a teacher of Chinese language and culture at both The University of Scranton and the Howard Gardner Multiple Intelligence Charter School for kids ages 5-14. She states that teaching the children Chinese is challenging. She gets very little time with them weekly, they have had little experience in the world, and no opportunity for immersion within the Chinese culture; whereas,  college students have a greater chance of encountering people, culture and visiting China. She feels that immersion is key to learning and understanding a new language. “If you don’t get the immersion experience, and see other peoples, you don’t feel the need to stick with the language and learn the culture.”

    As a student in Taiwan, she grew up learning both Mandarin Chinese and English. A favorite childhood pastime was watching American movies to increase exposure to English and American culture. Relating to her hobby, when asked about her experience in the Scranton area so far, she said: “Being here is like being in a movie.”

    This program is being offered by the Office of International Student and Scholar Services, the Cross Cultural Centers, Residence Life and the Office of Equity and Diversity. A light lunch featuring cuisine from the highlighted country will be served. Registration for this event is required. Click here to register. For more information, please contact Huey Shi Chew at or 570-941-7575.

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