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Yale Alumna on the Secret of Language Learning

Friday, January 22, 2016

Yale Center Beijing and YPO Beijing Chapter jointly invite you to a talk with Dr. Twila Tardif, Yale MSc '88, MPhil & Ph.D '93, Professor at the University of Michigan.

Time and Location

Friday, Jan 22, 2016
Registration & Refreshments: 6:30 – 7:00pm
Remarks and Q&A: 7:00 – 9:00pm

Yale Center Beijing
8 Jianguomenwai Avenue, 36th Floor, Tower B, IFC Building (Yong’anli Station, Exit C)

Registration and Fees

Ticket: Free for professors, educators and students; ¥60 for others.

Click HERE to register via EventBank.

Please email if you have any questions, or call Yale Center Beijing at (10) 5909 0200.

The Event

This event will be a special seminar on language learning and cognitive development by one of the world’s leading experts in this area. Yale alumna and University of Michigan Professor Twila Tardif will discuss "Using language to learn language: Lessons from young children”. The talk will focus on the psychology behind how young children quickly absorb languages and how to harness those abilities in the learning of second languages for children and adults. Professor Tardif will also discuss the effects of learning different languages on how we see the world and how our brains process information.


This event will be conducted in both Chinese and English.

The Speaker(s)

Twila Tardif
Professor (Yale MSc '88, MPhil & Ph.D '93) at University of Michigan

Professor Tardif is the author of two leading books and over 100 articles on childhood cognitive development and language learning, with a particular focus on China, Chinese and English. She has spoken around the world on these topics for leading research institutions. Professor Tardif has done extensive research in China since 1988 covering Beijing, Hubei, Sichuan and Jiangsu. She has served as the Founding Editor of the Journal of Psychology in Chinese Societies, Co-Editor of “Developmental Psychology in China” in the International Journal of Behavioral Development, and as a member of the editorial board of Child Development. Professor Tardif received her Master's degrees and Ph.D from Yale University, and is currently teaching at the University of Michigan. She is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese and conversant in French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish.

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