January 23, 2007
For immediate release
UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School and Taiwan’s National Chung Cheng University take part in a historic educational teleconference
Faculty from UC Santa Barbara’s the Gevirtz School took part via teleconference in the Last Mile – English Camp for Career Highlights held at Taiwan’s National Chung Cheng University on January 18. National Chung Cheng University, located in the rural, remote southern part of Taiwan, doesn’t have the support that a big city offers, but the internet provides the school with an opportunity for enlightening dialogue. This videoconferencing event linking UC Santa Barbara and National Chung Cheng University was a first for that campus. Young scholars from the school had the opportunity to be interviewed by American professors, thereby practicing their English and interviewing skills.
The event was spearheaded by Professor Lichu Lin, Director of the Language Center at National Chung Cheng University and an alumna of the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education. She praises the event, claiming that the UCSB faculty “perspectives helped our students understand how the academic world in the U.S. sees their performance and achievements.” Professor Lichu Lin thanked the Gevirtz School participants “for bringing this precious dialogue between scholars in the U.S. and students in Taiwan and for sharing your valuable insights about cultural differences. After your comments and suggestions, most of them have made substantial changes in their resumes and have planned something concrete for their career. You just helped to move them further towards their dreams or future and this really means a lot. I do believe this is what education means.”
The Gevirtz School participants were Dr. Judith Green, Dr. Beth Yeager, and Dr. Carol Dixon, Associate Dean, Office of Student Affairs, who opened the session with a greeting from UC Santa Barbara. Dr. Green says, “It was a privilege to participate in the event and to meet this truly amazing group of young scholars. The program is one that deserves all of the recognition it is receiving. This course is a model for all and should be presented at an international conference for second language teaching or foreign language teaching. What Professor Lichu Lin and her team are doing is so impressive.”
[Judith Green is available for interviews; to arrange an interview, contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]