Chinese Culture and Language Immersion Through Gaming and Storytelling
This course is being offered in partnership with the STARTALK program and is offered to students who have a basic knowledge of the Chinese language skill. Students will create a game design template, develop their own story-worlds, avatars, and game rules even as they explore the styles and roles of gaming and storytelling in Chinese culture. The course aims to understand traditional Chinese cultures and to communicate in Chinese their heritage background as well as their own identity as a young adult. Students will be able to recognize different genre of literatures and to use that knowledge for creating their own story telling and building a new game in Chinese.
The Literatures, Cultures, and Languages Department at the University of Connecticut has received a STARTALK grant - Chinese and Korean Culture and Language Immersion through Gaming and Storytelling. STARTALK is a federally funded program whose mission is to increase the number of U.S. citizens learning, speaking, and teaching critical need foreign languages. This UConn Pre-College Summer course is the second module of the larger STARTALK program. Interested students are required to submit an application through UConn's Literatures, Cultures, and Languages Department by December 31, 2021. Only after accepting and committing to the STARTALK program, may those eligible students enroll in this course. For questions regarding the the STARTALK program please see contact information here.
This class is meant to be immersive and students will experience:
- Students will learn how to discuss the identity issue in today's world;
- Students will learn about the impact of social media and gaming on everyone;
- Students will create a game design template, develop their own story-worlds, avatars, and game rules even as they explore the styles and roles of gaming and storytelling in Chinese culture.
Meet the Professor
Chunsheng George YANG (杨春生)
Department of Literatures, Cultures & Languages
University of Connecticut
2011 Ph.D. in Chinese linguistics, The Ohio State University
2009 M. A. in Chinese linguistics, The Ohio State University
2005 M. A. in English linguistics, Ningbo University
2000 B. A. in English languages and literatures, The University of Science and Technology of China, China
The acquisition of second language prosody, including tones, intonation, stress, and rhythm; Second language pronunciation teaching and research; Language learning and technology; Chinese pedagogy