(Hawkins, Texas)—Jarvis Christian College has three visiting Fulbright Scholars teaching three foreign languages on campus this 2021-22 academic year, including Arabic, Swahili and Mandarin.
Pei-Ru (Peggy) Lin from Taiwan will teach Mandarin Chinese. Her Chinese teaching journey began as a tour guide for a free walking tour in Taipei. She discovered that foreign travelers were less intimidated by directions written in English, so she took a course titled “teachers of Chinese to Speakers of other languages.” She lived for 11 years in Australia, graduating from Griffith University, Queensland, with a bachelor’s degree in business, concentrating on the hospitality industry. She has worked in multicultural office environments in hospitality, tourism, business administration support and export administration. Hosting tours for foreign travelers in Taiwan, she has taken Taiwanese tour groups to European countries, as well. She served as a media interpreter at a refinery and nuclear power plant, and today seeks to help students who want work in international companies or who seek to study abroad.
Her first trip out of her home country was a musical learning exchange when she was 12. She said that was her first understanding of “culture shock.”
“That is how I became an international-minded thinker,” she said. “I have since then had work experiences in foreign countries and have had many memorable oversea trips.”
Lin said the Fulbright Scholarship enables her to share Taiwanese culture and the name of Taiwan via Chinese language teaching. Besides traveling and leading tours, she enjoys playing musical instruments, participating in sports and exercise, including triathlons and marathon running, hiking, surfing, snowboarding and watching Australian Football League matches.
Around 850 Fulbright Scholar competitive grants are awarded each year for advanced research and university lecturing in the United States. Individual grants are available to scholars from more than 100 countries following a thorough and competitive selection process. Each of the Fulbright Scholars teaching at Jarvis this year will also be students and will take classes to broaden their learning as well as their teaching.
Celebrating 110 years of educating students, Jarvis Christian College is affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and is among the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities belonging to the United Negro College Fund that provides support to keep academic programs strong and tuitions affordable.