FAH Dean Hong Gang Jin receives the CLTA Walton Lifetime Achievement Award and the CLTA Peking University Press Publication Award
人文學院院長靳洪剛教授獲美國中文教師學會頒終身成就獎和出版獎

30 Dec 2015


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Prof Hong Gang Jin, dean of the University of Macau’s (UM) Faculty of Arts and Humanities (FAH), received two prestigious awards from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)’s affiliated organisation, Chinese Language Teachers Association (CLTA) in the United States, namely the CLTA Walton Lifetime Achievement Award and the CLTA Peking University Press Publication Award, in recognition of her lifetime dedication to language education and cross-cultural understanding.

This is the second time Prof Jin has received the Walton Lifetime Achievement Award. The first Walton Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded by the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL), of which she was the president for six years. The CLTA award is given to individuals in recognition of their contributions to the field of Chinese language pedagogy. During her 25-year career as a professor, Prof Jin has participated in many innovative projects in the field of second language acquisition and Chinese as a foreign language (CFL).These include conducting empirical research in cognition and second language acquisition , designing innovative language programmes and curricula, administering large-scale federal and private grants, leading professional organisations of CLTA and NCOLCTL, and chairing national committees for advanced placement examinations. Prof Jin has designed more than eight language programmes and curricula and has conducted more than 50 research and teacher development workshops at national and regional levels.

Prof Jin has also received the CLTA Peking University Press Publication Award for her recent work ‘Empirical Studies on Selective Attention and Noticing Hypothesis in CFL Classroom.’ Her work focuses on the psychological factor of attention in learning a second language and teacher effectiveness, which she believes to be the most important issues in language learning. Her research suggests that effectively directing learners’ attention is about promoting active participation and discovery learning that can benefit students for life.

‘Being a first-generation immigrant to the US, I brought with me a set of family values to work in that country,’ says Prof Jin. ‘These values were passed down to me from my great grandfather who was a successful businessman. He taught my grandfather and my father to be willing to do three things in one’s life. That is: to give; to learn; and to share. Throughout my professional life, I have used these family values to inspire my teaching, professional activities, and field service. I believe these qualities are also important to a successful leader in the foreign language education field.’

Prof Jin’s research interests include second language acquisition, cognitive processing of languages, transfer of learning, input analysis, interaction analysis, curriculum design, and teacher development. During her 25-year tenure at Hamilton College, she published numerous books and research articles. Prof Jin has over ten years of experience in collaborative research with numerous universities in the United States, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and mainland China, and she has secured several major federal and private grants from the US, mainland China, and Taiwan. She has also served as the president or a member of the board of directors at numerous teachers’ associations in the US. She is currently the chair of the AP Chinese Development Committee. She was named the 1998 CASE National Outstanding Baccalaureate College Professor of the Year. She also received Hamilton’s 1963 Award of Teaching Excellence in 1996. In 2013 she received the NCOLCTL Walton Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of her outstanding achievements in teaching and research.

Founded in 1962, the CLTA is a professional organisation devoted exclusively to the study of the Chinese language, culture and pedagogy in the Unites States.

澳門大學人文學院院長靳洪剛講座教授獲全美外語教師學會-美國中文教師學會(CLTA)頒發沃頓終身成就獎和北京大學出版社出版獎,以表彰她對語言教學和構建跨文化溝通橋樑的貢獻。

這是靳教授第二次獲頒沃頓終身成就獎,第一次由她擔任6年會長的全美關鍵語種學會(NCOLCTL)頒發。該獎項主要頒給對外文、中文教學有傑出貢獻的人士。在長達25年的學術生涯中,靳教授參與了第二語言習得和中文外語教學領域的多項創新研究和計劃,包括開展認知和第二語言習得領域的實證研究、設計創新的語言課程、管理大型政府和私人研究資助、領導CLTA和NCOLCTL轄下的專業機構、擔任先修課程考試全國委員會的主席等。靳教授設計了超過8個語言課程,舉辦了50多個全國和地區級的研究和教師發展工作坊。

靳教授最近發表的學術文章 《關於中文外語教學課堂選擇性注意力和注意假設的實證研究》獲得CLTA頒發北京大學出版社出版獎。文章重點探討學習第二語言過程中最重要的兩大因素:第一是心理因素,即注意力;第二是教師效能。靳教授的研究顯示,鼓勵學生積極參與和採用發現式學習方法不但可以有效引導學生注意力,更可讓學生受益終身。

靳教授表示:“作為第一代移民,我將父母教導的價值觀帶到美國。這些價值觀是由我曾祖父傳下來的。他是一個成功的商人,他教導祖父和父親人一生要學會做三件事:給予、學習、分享。這六個字對我影響深遠,不論個人生活還是職業生涯,我都以這六個字為指引。我覺得要想成為外語教學領域的領軍人物,必須從這三件事做起。”

靳教授的研究領域包括第二語言習得、語言認知、學習轉換、輸入分析、互動分析、課程設計、師資培訓等。靳教授在漢明頓大學任教的二十五年期間,著作甚豐。她與美國、新加坡、內地、香港、台灣數十所大學進行數十年的合作研究,連續十年獲得美國、內地、台灣的不同研究及專案基金。她也曾擔任美國多個教師學術學會的會長或理事,現任美國大學理事會AP中文測試發展委員會主任。曾獲得卡內基全美優秀教授獎、漢明頓校際最佳教授獎,並於2013年獲得全美關鍵語種學會沃頓終身成就獎。

CLTA成立於1962年,致力於推動中文、中國文化、中文教學法在美國的研究。

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Prof Hong Gang Jin receives the CLTA Walton Lifetime Achievement Award
澳大靳洪剛獲CLTA沃頓終身成就獎

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Prof Hong Gang Jin receives the CLTA Peking University Press Publication Award
澳大靳洪剛獲CLTA北京大學出版社出版獎