You’re the Chinese Language Assistant for Shea House. Tell us a little bit about Shea House and your role.
Feng: Shea House is a great multilingual dorm. As one of the language assistants (LAs), my role is ensuring a good language learning environment and encouraging students' learning interests. For example, we have language dinners four times a week. In the language dinners, we talk in our target language and share about our daily life. I feel that the language dinners are more casual, and they give the chance to learn a language more immersively. Also, we have the language corner events once a week for at least one hour, sometimes more. One example would be the Spring Festival for Chinese culture and language learners. We work with Chinese student organizations and the Chinese department to organize the festival. We have two parts, one is a big show in Old Cabell, whereas the other is more interactive. It is open for all students, no matter how proficient their Chinese is. This is a good chance for people to get involved with some hands-on opportunities. In these events, we practice not just grammar, as often happens in language classes, but also things such as calligraphy and culture.