My name is Jing Paul. 我的中文名字叫张静。I'm an Associate Professor of Chinese in the Asian Studies Program at Agnes Scott College and the founding director of the Agnes Scott College Critical Language Immersion Program.
My research primarily investigates the typological characteristics of different languages in their expression of motion events, including speech and gestures; the focus has been on Mandarin Chinese and a southwestern Mandarin dialect called Babao (八宝话 bābǎo huà). I also study the integration of technology into language instruction with a special interest in gamification and game-based learning. An additional interest is sound symbolism in language evolution. As a language teacher, I enjoy exploring culturally enriching fun ways of teaching Chinese. My students and I write characters with dance ribbons; we drum to reflect the rhythm of two-syllable words; we voice social justice in creative stories...
My hobbies include Chinese musical instruments ('古筝 gǔzhēng, Chinese Zither' & '琵琶 pípá, Chinese Lute') and fitness. I am a cat lover and mother of two adventurous girls.