Global Languages Colloquium: Maximizing Communication and Creativity in the Global Language Classroom

Oct 28, 2020
4:30pm to 6:00pm.

Global Languages colloquia are Informal presentations on current research by faculty, lecturers, and visiting scholars, giving individual presentations or informal group panels.

Zoom link:


Panpan Gao, “Enhancing sense of communication with asynchronous lecture video
Min-Min Liang, “Book Creator: What is your name?”
Takako Aikawa, Wakana Maekawa, Masami Ikeda-Lamm, “Designing a Japanese Language Course for Professional Communication”​


Panpan Gao graduated from Beijing Language and Culture University with a master's degree in applied Chinese linguistics with a focus on pedagogy for Chinese as a second language. She has been teaching Chinese language at the university level since 2010. Prior to coming to MIT, she taught at Harvard University. In addition to teaching, she has also been involved in textbook writing and teacher training for an intensive language summer program.

Min-Min Liang graduated from National Taiwan University in Taiwan with a bachelor’s degree in Chinese Literature. She received a master’s degree in Chinese Literature from Harvard University in the United States. She has been a Chinese language instructor in the Global Studies and Languages Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 2000. Prior to MIT, she taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Swarthmore College, Simmons College and Brookline High School, for a total of almost 24 years in the field. 

Takako Aikawa has a Ph.D. from Ohio State University. Her research interests include: technology in language education; language pedagogy; Japanese linguistics; use of corpus data for language learning; Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs); and natural language processing (NLP).  Prior to MIT, I worked for Machine Translation team and NLP group at Microsoft Research.