This master class, to be conducted in Mandarin, will be taught by Professor Wei Su, who is legendary at Yale for his ability to make students fall in love with Mandarin and embrace a lifelong pursuit of understanding it. He will explain his unique approach to language instruction, which looks beyond the mechanics of the language and reveals its charms and cultural depths.
In-person master classes last a full school day. Teachers spend three hours working with the faculty member. During the remainder of the day, participants will have the rare opportunity to exchange ideas and strategies with other brilliant educators who share their passion for the day’s topic. Both parts of the day are highly prized.
Wei Su has taught Chinese at Yale for twenty-five years, and in 2019 he was awarded the Richard Brodhead ‘68 Prize for Teaching Excellence, one of Yale’s most prestigious teaching awards. He is also a writer and critic, and his work has been widely published in China. His publications include three novels: Dukou, you yi ge zaochen (“Another Morning at the Ferry”), Mi gu (“Lost Valley”), and Mi diao (“Key of E,” included in the “Best Chinese Novels of the Year, 2004”); a collection of short stories, Yuan xing ren (“Sojourners”); a collection of academic essays, Xi yang jing yu (“Western Mirror”); and three memoirs: Du zi mian dui (“Facing Myself”), Zhan zai Yelu de jiangtai shang (“At the Podium at Yale”), and Zou jin Yelu (“Entering Yale”). His novel Mi gu appeared in English as The Invisible Valley in 2018, translated by Austin Woerner and published by Small Beer Press.