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Coyote Traces – Aku Wuwu’s Poetic Sojourn in America


Aku Wuwu is a poet of the Yi ethnic minority in China, also a literary critic and a professor at Southwest University for Nationalities. "Coyote Traces – Aku Wuwu’s Poetic Sojourn in America" consists of 80 poems written in Chinese about Aku’s observations and insights during his travels among people of various races in America from Aku’s unique perspective as a cross-culture individual himself. This book also includes two valuable interviews of the author by one of the translators – Professor WEN Peihong. The other translator is Professor Mark Bender from DEALL at OSU. Here, we present the recitations of the poems in this book, as sound is always an important part of poetry. Reciters: Chinese – SUN Hong, professor and head of the Department of Performance (Drama, TV, and Film) in the School of Arts at Southwest University for Nationalities. English – Mark Bender, professor of Chinese literature and folklore at The Ohio State University.

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Conducting a FACT Class


Introduction to the "Performed Culture Approach" to the classroom instruction. This video shows how to conduct a FACT class to develop learners' explicit knowledge of language and culture. The example demonstrates an instructor's treatment of the particle "le" in Chinese in FACT class.

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A demo class using Performed Culture approach


A demo video for teaching Chinese (and other languages) using the Performed Culture approach. The teaching material used in this video is "Chinese: Living in the Culture", an online interactive course for intermediate Chinese learners. This video demonstrates how Performed Culture approach is used in a classroom setting in teaching a foreign language, with explanation of different components.

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