Galal Walker Received the ADFL Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession

Galal Walker.Galal Walker, professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures and Director of the National East Asian Languages Resource Center at the Ohio State University, has been awarded the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession. The Association of Departments of Foreign Languages (ADFL) is a subsidiary of the Modern Language Association. Walker was recognized for his innovative contributions to the field of Chinese language teaching and learning, including mentoring generations of students and teachers, authoring sophisticated texts and teaching materials, and developing and directing model study abroad programs. The ADFL executive committee also noted Walker's role as ambassador from the field of less commonly taught languages to public and government audiences. This is the first such award to a teacher from the State of Ohio. Dr. Walker is also the first teacher in the field of Chinese language so honored. The award will be presented next January at the Modern Language Association convention in Boston.

吴伟克(Galal Walker),俄亥俄州立大学东亚语言文学系教授及全美东亚语文资源中心主任,最近被授予第十六届外语系协会专业杰出服务奖(Association of Departments of Foreign Languages Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession)。外语系协会是美国现代语言协会下属的一个重要组织,会员由美国加拿大近一千个大专院校外语系组成,囊括所有在北美教授的外语语 种。该组织自1994年起,每年在美国、加拿大选拔一名外语教师授予专业杰出服务奖。今年第十六届的奖项授予了吴伟克教授。这是俄亥俄州外语教师第一次获 得这个奖项,也是该奖项第一次授予北美中文专业教师。

该专业杰出服务奖是对吴伟克教授四十年来为中国语言教学领域所作出的创新贡献的肯定。吴老师创立了“体演文化教学法”(the Performed Culture Pedagogical Approach),培养了许多优秀的硕士博士,编著了高质量的专业论著与教学材料,建立与发展了全美东亚语文资源中心,是美国教育部资助的全美十五个语 文资源中心之一,是唯一的专注于中文教学资源开发的语言资源中心。吴老师创建了俄州大中文旗舰工程,发展与指导了可作为样板的海外学习项目,如俄州大中文 旗舰工程青岛中心的项目等。外语系协会执委会还注意到吴伟克教授作为非普教语言领域的大使对普通民众及政府听众的影响力。颁奖仪式将于明年一月在波士顿的 现代语言协会年会上举行。

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