This site is designed to integrate Union College Chinese language students learning with the current events in students’ daily lives and the world. The 3-column format of the site reflect the integration of domestic and world news from mainland China, Taiwan, and US news sources with student essays in the middle column and tweets on current events in the right hand column. The student essays are either descriptive, narrative, expository or persuasive in nature. The topics reflect the issues discussed in class, such as gender and the economy, reflections on the effects of technology on society, or economic development and environmental pollution, in addition to issues related to media literacy both within the US and Chinese contexts. Students are free to compare cultures or reflect on historical development in a given culture.
Language is a tool for communication, not the means to an end. In this light, the student work represents authentic communication with a broader audience beyond the teacher and the classroom. The site audience includes fellow language learners at Union College and beyond, family and friends, as well as future employers. These works reflect students’ critical engagement with the world around them, and the written language production, while not always accurate or native, are comprehensible and achieve the goal of communication.