I also teach courses on fieldwork methods. ...
In 2017, I co-taught (with Professor Wang Dehe of Xichang College) the Fieldwork Methods class at the Sino-Tibetan Linguistics Research Methods Workshop. The workshop is part of the educational partnership plan between Nankai University and the Smithsonian Institution, who invite world-renowned linguists from China and abroad and bring together students engaged in minority language study to learn about modern linguistic theory and methods in order to advance the study of Sino-Tibetan languages and encourage communities in the conservation and development of their languages.
The Workshop's curriculum is oriented around classes on the fundamentals of modern linguistic theory, linguistic field methods, and Sino-Tibetan language research. The core curriculum centers on practical field research methods, divided into classes on "morphosyntax investigation and analysis" and "phonetics and phonology investigation and analysis". Under the guidance of leading experts, students and language teachers worked together conducting linguistic investigation, documentation and analysis in class. Other classes include seminars in which experts and students engage in discussion, lectures on expert topics and student-led salons.
The theme of the First Workshop in 2016 was on morphosyntax investigation and analysis. This year's theme is on phonetics and phonology investigation and analysis. We have again invited distinguished linguists from both China and abroad, and a native speaker of an endangered Tibeto-Burman language to work with students form China who engage in minority language studies. The curriculums cover subjects such as basics of linguistics, International Phonetic Alphabet and phonetics, experimental phonetics, fundamentals of phonology, fieldwork methods, culture and narrative documentation, application of linguistic software, Sino-Tibetan languages, and topics in Sino-Tibetan research.
The time frame for every Workshop includes a two-day "Tibetan Language and Linguistics Forum", during which foremost scholars on Tibetan language and linguistics from across China and around the world meet at Nankai University to share the latest research. Students attending the Workshop are encouraged to attend the Forum and listen to papers and engage in the discussions. At the same time, we invite presenters from the Forum to provide special guest lectures on their work to the students in the evenings.