Chinese Language Lecturer Jasmine Tang Receives National Award of Distinction

GENESEO, N.Y. – Jasmine Tang, a Chinese language lecturer at SUNY Geneseo in the Department of Languages and Literatures, has received an Award of Distinction from the Chinese Language Education and Research Center (CLERC) for outstanding contributions to the promotion of Chinese language education in the United States.

Tang is among nine Chinese language teachers and administrators that CLERC has honored this year. The honorees receive a fully covered, two-week education trip to China and will have opportunities to network with U.S. and Chinese educators, build partnerships, attend classes and learn firsthand about China by visiting cultural and historical sites.

“I am thrilled to receive this honor,” said Tang. “It affirms two decades of teaching the Chinese language and I am very thankful.”

Established in 1993, CLERC is a non-profit institution based in California dedicated to the research and advancement of Chinese language teaching and learning and to the promotion of U.S.-China cultural and educational exchanges.

Three of Tang’s students also will be in China this summer on study abroad programs and another will be there teaching English as a second language.

Tang, who received a psychology degree from Geneseo in 1987, has been on the Geneseo faculty since 1991. She received a master’s degree in Chinese education from SUNY Empire State College and completed master’s degree courses in linguistic and applied linguistics at East China Normal University in China. She is a member of the Chinese Language Teachers Association.

Tang also has published the textbook “Taking Off With Chinese,” designed for students who have had no contact with the Chinese language or culture.


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