When: 1:00 – 3:00 pm on Thursday November 2nd，2017
Where：FLC (CQU) Room Number: 501
Language Education for Real Life
You are invited to a discussion at Chongqing University, on Thursday November 2nd, with four international educators with different backgrounds from three different continents: Asia, North America and Europe. Coordinated by Professor Xiangdong Gu, Director of the Research Centre of Language, Cognition & Language Application, and by Albert? Ka Hing Liu, Artist-in-Residence at the School of Foreign Languages and Cultures. We will explore some essential ideas related to Education and Real Life. Joining our discussion are Anthropologist, Professor Vincent Xiaoguang Qi from Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, UK, and Mr Tarun Sarkar, Instructor of English from India.
1. Professor Vincent Xiaoguang Qi, a Lifelong Member of Wolfson College at University of Cambridge, serves as a PhD Supervisor in the College. Professor Qi also serves as an Honorary Fellow of the ‘Global Social Media Impact Project’ at University College London. In China, Professor Qi is officially recognized as a Professorial Senior Economist in international business and strategic management, also a Professorial Senior Engineer in logistics engineering and supply chain science. Most recently, Professor Qi has also been invited to sit and contribute as a Marcel Mauss Chair Distinguished Professor. www.qxguang.com
2. Professor Xiangdong Gu, a full time professor, PhD supervisor and director of the Research Center of Language, Cognition and Language Application in Chongqing University, China. She also works with Cambridge English Language Assessment, the University of Cambridge, UK as a principal academic consultant since 2012. She held her PhD from Shanghai Jiaotong University in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics in 2005 and continued her study and research in the University of California Los Angeles (2005-2006) and the University of Cambridge (2011-2012) as a visiting scholar. Her main research interests integrate issues in language assessment, teacher development and foreign language educational data mining. She is leading a key research project on language assessment supported by the National Philosophy and Social Science Foundation of China [Grant No.14AYY010]. She has published about 100 journal articles and delivered over 200 keynote speeches, seminars and presentations at universities and conferences nationally and internationally. She enjoys keeping journals and her memoir over the last 50 years will soon be published by the Cam River Press of the University of Cambridge.
3. Mr Albert? Ka Hing Liu, an international artist with numerous solo and group exhibitions, and nine Artist-in-Residence fellowships in the USA, Canada, Iceland and Spain. He first visited Chongqing University in 2008 as a Visiting Artist. For 2017-18, he has also been appointed the Foreign Expert for the Department of English. www.albertkahingliu.com
4. Mr Tarun Sarkar, a CELTA and TESOL qualified Foreign Teacher in the School of English and Foreign Language, Chongqing University, China. He is MA in ENGLISH and MBA in HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT from India. He has worked as a Language teacher and soft skills trainer in different universities and institutions and MNCs like IBM, TCS, Google, Capgemini etc.
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