Sat, Oct 22, 2016 (All day) to Sun, Oct 23, 2016 (All day)

A Conference Sponsored by Princeton in Beijing

There is wide agreement that language is the gateway to culture; that the better one is at a second language, the more natural, and effective, communication in it will be; and that the more two languages differ, the more important it is to cross the divide. But exactly why is this so? Exactly what are the benefits, in various kinds of cross-cultural work, of getting good at a language? These questions have not, at least for the case of Chinese, been carefully studied, and may also not have been adequately appreciated. The professional journals in the Chinese language teaching field contain much about how to analyze language, how to teach it, and how to test results, but almost nothing on why language learning matters later on in life. The purpose of this conference is to address this question, for academics, as well as for people in business, journalism, government work, and elsewhere.

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10 Guyot Hall

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