As an award-winning teacher and published scholar with a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics, I am dedicated to helping students learn about China, its language, people, and culture. In my 13 years of experience in both American and Chinese universities, I have taught Chinese language on all levels to students from over fifty countries. I have also lectured these students on wide-ranging aspects of Chinese culture.
During my career, I have sought to extend my commitment to education by “teaching teachers.” I have taught courses to both undergraduate and graduate students majoring in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language. In addition, I have given demo classes, some of which were video-taped, to train new teachers.
I believe that if taught through effective approaches , Chinese language will not be difficult to acquire. My classes are fun and engaging. If you want to know more about my teaching style, here is a video: https://youtu.be/wkpzWz_YVPg.
Honors and Awards
Intercultural Administration of International Students in Fujian Province, the Education Department of Fujian Province Research Fund, China. 07/2016
Certificate of Outstanding Teaching in NSLI-Y program, College of Humanities at Xiamen University and the Confucius Institute at the University of Delaware. 08/2015
Second prize: 9th Annual Xiamen University Teaching Competition, Xiamen University, China. 01/2015
Certificate of Achievement in Teaching, the Confucius Institute at the University of Delaware, DE. 06/2014
The Construction of Database for Lesson Planning in TCSL, Education Ministry of China's Humanities & Social Sciences Project Fund. 10/2010
Innovative Demonstration Lessons Award 2010, the International Society for Chinese Language Teaching. 08/2010
The Analysis of Errors Based on Students’ Corpus of Disclosure, National Social Science Funds of China (second partner). 10/2007
Areas of research
Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (“TCSL”)
Second Language Acquisition
Chinese Language Pedagogy
Courses regularly taught
CHNS 201, CHNS 202, Intermediate Chinese
CHNS 301, CHNS 302, Advanced Intermediate Chinese
CHNS 321, CHNS 322, Chinese Conversation
CHNS 455, CHNS 456, Reading in Chinese