I received my M.A. in professional journalism and M.A. in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language from the University of Iowa. I was born in Fuzhou, a vibrant town in southern China with a population of 6.8 million. I received my B.A. in English from Huaqiao University and thereafter worked as a radio host and journalist at Fujian Provincial Radio Station in China for five years. Since college, I’ve always enjoyed learning languages and subtleties of cultural differences. For my Master’s Professional Journalism Project, I tracked four University of Iowa students as they ventured to Beijing as Olympic media volunteers in the summer of 2008, and explored the nuances and shadings of their engagements with China during those memorable moments. Their Mandarin learning experiences and cultural encounters in Beijing further prompted my interest in learners’ acquisition of the Chinese language and familiarity with the Chinese culture.
Before joining the Department of Asian Studies at UNC in August 2011, I had taught various levels of Chinese courses at the University of Iowa. I also tutored students at the United Nations Chinese Programme during a summer internship in 2010. My teaching strengths include use of multimedia courseware, experience in task-based teaching methodologies and practices, practice in student-centered teaching, and assessment using ACTFL and ILR scales.
My research interests include vocabulary teaching and learning strategies, oral proficiency assessment based on the ACTFL guidelines , and application of technology in language classrooms.
Steve and Courtney Kapp Endowment Fund for Academic Leadership, March 2019
Vicki and David Craver Endowment Fund for Faculty Leadership, October 2017
Course Development Grant, Carolina Asia Center, June 2015
Student Undergraduate Teaching Award, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, June 2013
Course Development Grant, Carolina Asia Center, June 2012
Professional Development Fund, Department of Asian Studies, October 2011
CHIN 101: Elementary Chinese I
CHIN 102: Elementary Chinese II
CHIN 203: Intermediate Chinese I
CHIN 204: Intermediate Chinese II
CHIN305: Advanced Chinese I
CHIN 212: Intermediate Written Chinese