Ph.D. in Education, 2012
School of Education
April 1, 2008
Chin-Hsi Lin Chose UC Irvine’s Ph.D. in Education Program for its Language, Literacy, and Technology Specialization
Originally from Taiwan, Chin-Hsi Lin completed his B.A. in Chinese Language Studies and his M.A. in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language at National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei. Prior to joining the Ph.D. in Education program at UC Irvine, Chin-Hsi taught Chinese to foreigners in Taiwan and conducted several studies related to technology and language learning. Chin-his also conducted web-based courses on written Chinese for Keio University and Waseda University in Japan and co-authored two textbooks for native speakers. Chin-Hsi’s passion is to explore the challenging inter-disciplinary area of technology-facilitated student learning — the effects of how technologies are gradually reforming traditional teacher-centered learning. He believes that though there is increasing focus on this field, there are more and more questions arising: To what extent do technologies aid or hinder student learning? What is a better way for teachers to integrate technologies in language teaching? Questions such as these brought Chin-Hsi to UC Irvine because the UCI Ph.D. in Education is one of the few programs that have special interest in language learning and technology.
Chin-Hsi is focusing his research interests on computer-mediated communication (CMC) in Chinese language learning, the relationship between reading and writing, and Chinese character learning. His first year doctoral project is entitled “Computer-mediated Communication and Chinese Language Learning.” In addition to his studies, Chin-Hsi also is lecturing in the StarTalk-Chinese project, one of the projects of the National Security Language Initiative. He and a colleague will publish the book Multimedia and Chinese Teaching in Fall 2008. Chin-His also maintains a website and writes articles to promote the professional growth of Chinese teachers.
After graduation, Chin-Hsi intends to offer training to Chinese teachers to help teachers integrate technology into their teaching, and he plans to develop online resources to facilitate student learning.