islPAL - International Society for Leadership in Pedagogy and Learning

Pedagogies and Learning

Professor Mike Chuang

Professor Mike (Yuangshan) Chuang is currently President of the Republic of China Multimedia English Language Instructors Association (ROCMELIA) and founding President of APAMALL. He is an international expert in the design and use of multimedia in computerised language testing with projects ranging from English in Taiwan to Chinese language learning and assessment in France. His past roles included Chair of the Project of One thousand English-learning Movies (, Chair of the Chinese Translation Project of the Common European Framework, Co-Chair of the Online CEF Chinese Test and Instruction Project with Inspector General Joel Bellasen of France Ministry of Education and most visiting scholar to Wisconsin-Madison University linguistics department. His teaching includes Statistics in linguistics, Corpus linguistics, Semantics, Sociolinguistics and Language testing. Graduating with a PhD from the University of Illinois he is a sought after international speaker and research collaborator, and is Emeritus Professor National Kaohsiung Normal University. 


Keynote Abstract

Title: The Deep Approach and the LATPAW Project

Tochon (2010) proposed the deep approach for language acquisition at ROCMELIA 2010. He stated the "it is a call to transcend traditional views of language teaching, learning, and assessment... There are new, more profound ways of understanding languages, and teaching and learning them. For example, a deep assessment should focus on practicality, replicability, and social usefulness, rather than a-conceptualised notions of efficacy. Indeed, efficacy is often related to controlled achievement rather than proficiency." He also quoted one of his students of the University of Wisconsin at Madison as saying "I felt comfortable and confident when I was taking NETPAW not only because of its flexibility, but also because of its contextualised testing contents." O'Neill (2010) also stated that "NETPAW offered a valuable alternative test because of its availability online and its interactive/communicative assessment experiences.... Its ability to provide diagnostic feedback also confirms its ability to provide positive washback." LATPAW, the system designed for NETPAW English tests, CATPAW Chinese tests, and TATPAW Taiwanese tests, can also be applied for online tests of other languages. Because of its flexibility, practicality, replicability, social usefulness, availability online and interactive/communicative assessment experiences as stated previously, LATPAW has succeeded in serving for deep learning, teaching, and assessment. 


Title: Applying the PACIFIC - DNA approach to languages teaching and learning.

This workshop will demonstrate the use of a Dr Chuangs Networking Approach (DNA) approach to teaching languages. It involves the implementation of seven instructional ideas of Proactivity, Association, Creativity, Intelligence, Fun, Injection and Collaboration (PACIFIC). The two languages of English and Chinese will be applied in this case to show how language instruction can be interesting and efficient and relevant across different language need contexts. The research is based on data collected from language learning workshops conducted with a diverse group of initially low-achieving language learners at an Institute of Technology in Taiwan.