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Teaching Associate Professor in Chinese
New West 110

Professional biography

I received my Ed.D in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Earlier, I earned my M.A. in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from the University of Iowa. Born and raised in Shandong Province, the hometown of Confucius, I have always been very interested in ancient Chinese literature and philosophy. At the Beijing Language and Culture University, where I majored in Chinese Language and Literature, I found my passion for teaching Chinese language and culture to foreign language learners.

I have taught Chinese language courses at all levels at UNC, the University of Iowa, and Beloit College. I am certified by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) as an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) tester, and, as an Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) Rater. As a Chinese language instructor, I find value in improving students’ language proficiencies and communication skills; developing students’ interest in Chinese culture and classical wisdom; and finally, encouraging them to become lifelong learners using Chinese for personal enrichment and career development. I am achieving these goals through effective pedagogical practices and continued professional development.


My research interests include foreign language testing and assessment, L2 reading research, and language learning strategies.


Cengage Learning Award for Innovative Excellence in the Teaching of Chinese as a Foreign Language, The Chinese Language Teachers Association, USA


CHIN 101: Elementary Chinese I
CHIN 102: Elementary Chinese II
CHIN 203: Intermediate Chinese I
CHIN 204: Intermediate Chinese II
CHIN 212: Intermediate Written Chinese
CHIN 305: Advanced Chinese I
CHIN 306: Advanced Chinese II
CHIN 313: Advanced Written Chinese
CHIN 407: Readings in Modern Chinese I
CHIN 408: Readings in Modern Chinese II