Who We Are

Chen Jianguo

Dr. Jianguo Chen
Director

Dr. Chen is an associate professor of Chinese studies and founding director of the Chinese program at the University of Delaware as well as director of the US Department of State’s NSLIY Summer Institute in China. Jianguo Chen received his Ph.D. in Chinese and comparative literary studies from the University of California at Davis. His research interests include Chinese cultural studies, Chinese film studies, translation, contemporary Chinese society, modern Chinese literature, the 20th-century Chinese fiction, comparative literature and theory. Jianguo Chen authored and co-authored several books, including The Aesthetics of the BeyondPhantasmNostalgia, and Literary Practice in Contemporary China (the University of Delaware Press, 2009) and Teaching and Learning Chinese: Issues and Perspectives (New Age Information, Inc., 2010). He is a contributing editor of Encyclopedia of Modern China (Thomson Gale, 2009). He has published many chapters in books, including Images of Robin HoodAspects of DiasporaStudies on North American Chinese WritersLiterature as Cultural Memory; and Teaching and Learning Chinese: Issues and Perspectives. In addition, Jianguo Chen also published many peer review journal articles in the leading scholarly journals such as Modern Chinese Literature and CultureComparative Literature StudiesAmerican Journal of Chinese StudiesTamkiang ReviewChinese Culture, and Social Sciences. He also wrote dozens book reviews and reviewed many manuscripts for scholarly presses and journals. Among the many honors and grants he received were the federal grants from the US Department of State, a total of more than $1.5 million, and university research grants from the University of Delaware.

  Dr. Xiaoyan Xiao
Co-Director

Dr. Xiao is a professor from the College of Foreign Languages and Cultures, Xiamen University, China (XMU). She has a PhD in linguistics from XMU, an MA in applied language studies from the University of Westminster, UK, and an MA in conference interpreting from XMU. Dr. Xiao has over 20 years of experience in language and culture related research, teaching, and international projects. Her research interests include sign language linguistics, translation and interpretation. She has received international and Chinese national research grants from organizations including the British Council, EU Asia-Link, Chinese National Social Sciences Academy, and Chinese National Language Committee. Dr. Xiao has authored and co-authored ten books and over twenty academic papers published in international and Chinese national journals. She has been a Fulbright Visiting Research Scholar at Gallaudet University and Georgetown University (2012-2013), a visiting professor at the University of Vienna, Austria (2010), the University of California at Los Angeles (2006-2007), and the University of Westminster, UK (1999-2000).

  Ms. Carrie Fang
Program Manager

Ms. Fang manages programs, personnel, accounting and public relations at the Confucius Institute at UD. Ms. Fang has more than twelve years of experience working in the education management field. She is now the principal of Delaware Chun Hui Chinese School and was previously the vice principal of Tucson Chinese School in Tucson, Arizona. She is an alumna of the University of Delaware (MBA), the University of Arizona (MA in Library Science), and Tianjin University in China.

  Ms. Wenqian Chen
Visiting Scholar

Ms. Chen received her MA in English Language Education from De La Salle University, Philippines, and BA in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages from Fujian Normal University (FJNU). She taught Chinese in the Philippines from 2007 to 2008 and lectured college English to Chinese students at FJNU from 2010 to 2013. Afterwards, she joined Xiamen University to teach Mandarin to international students. Her research interests include second language acquisition, social cultural effects on foreign language learning, computer-assisted language learning and TCFL. Ms. Chen loves Chinese folk music, calligraphy and Chinese cuisine cooking.

  Ms. Fang Guo
Visiting Scholar

Ms. Fang Guo has more than five years of experience teaching Chinese as a second language. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Chinese language and literature from Hunan Normal University and her Master’s degree in applied linguistics from Tsinghua University. She taught Chinese for one year at London School of Economics. Before joining the UDCI, she was a full time Chinese teacher at Xiamen University. Her research interests include language testing; TCFL; statistics and the application of corpus methods in the study of Chinese language teaching.

  Ms. Lu Liu
Visiting Scholar

Ms. Lu Liu received her MA in teaching Chinese to speakers of other languages from Xiamen University, China. Ms. Liu taught Chinese in South Korea from 2010 to 2011 and at Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Nigeria from 2013 to 2014. Ms. Liu is specialized in the Chinese Language Proficiency Test (aka HSK) related courses. Her research interests include immersion language teaching; bilingualism; pragmatics acquisition; social and cultural factors in foreign language learning.

  Ms. Xinqin Liu
Visiting Scholar

Ms. Xinqin Liu received her Master’s Degree of teaching Chinese to speakers of other languages from Xinjiang University in China and has spent a year teaching Chinese at the Confucius Institute of Bishkek Humanities University in Kyrgyzstan from 2012 to 2013. Afterwards, she joined Qinghai Nationalities University to teach Chinese to international students. Her research interests include motivation and individual difference; bilingual word production and comprehension. Miss Liu is specialized in Chinese folk music, folk dance, folk arts, and speaks French.

  Ms. Qingxin Beth Xu
Visiting Scholar

Ms. Qingxin Beth Xu has more than ten years of language teaching and research experience in China. She has taught students of all age groups and with various learning backgrounds. She received a Master’s degree in linguistics from Xiamen University, specializing in second language acquisition as well as individual differences and systemic functional grammar. She was the co-author of two course books and is currently working in two research teams, one about Chinese/ English corpus and the other about teaching English with drama. She loves Chinese painting, cooking Chinese food, and is currently learning to play ocarina.

  Ms. Yan Wang
Visiting Scholar

Ms. Yan Wang received her master’s degree in education from Harbin Normal University in Heilongjiang Province. She also holds an advanced teacher certificate in teaching Chinese as a second language from the International Profession Certification Association (IPA). Born and raised in a Peking Opera family, Ms. Wang has been exposed to the art form since a very young age. She also received professional training on vocal performance and has been performing on stage in Heilongjiang Province for more than twenty years. Her research interests include teaching Chinese to deaf students; teaching Chinese through Peking Opera.

  Ms. Junli Gao
Visiting Scholar

Ms. Gao received her master’s degree in English and American Literature from Jiangsu Normal University and has eight years of language teaching and research experience in China. She is a certified Chinese teacher to speakers of other languages. She has taught Chinese to overseas students at Yancheng Institute of Technology in Jiangsu Province since 2015 before joining the UDCI. Her research interests include vocabulary acquisition, teaching methodology as well as individual differences.

  Ms. Tingting Li
Visiting Scholar

Ms. Li has a master’s degree in teaching Chinese to speaker of other languages from Yunnan University, China. Before joining the UDCI, she spent one year teaching Chinese at Sarawittaya High School in Bangkok, Thailand and three years teaching undergraduate students at Kunming Vocational and Technical College in Yunnan Province, China. Now Ms. Li is in charge of the Chinese Corner, Chinese Movie Club activities and the Chinese enrichment programs at UDCI. Her research interests include language immersion and early childhood second language acquisition.

  Ms. Yanping Xi
Visiting Scholar

Ms. Xi received her master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from South China Normal University. She has seven years of Chinese language teaching experience in China and overseas, including two years teaching at Asia International Friendship College in Indonesia, as well as two years at Koyong University in South Korea. She taught at South China Normal University before joining the UDCI in Fall 2016. Her research interests include language testing and assessment; second language acquisition.

  Mr. Libao Xia
Visiting Scholar

Mr. Libao Xia graduated from Harbin Normal University with a major in Chinese language and literature education. He taught in high school for more than ten years before he shifted his career to teaching Mandarin as a second language in 2005. Mr. Xia spent the next decade teaching in Renmin University of China as well as a private school in Beijing. From 2014 to 2016, he taught Chinese in Dubai Repton School and Dubai College in the United Arab Emirates.  Mr. Xia co-authored a Mandarin textbook, Beautiful Bridge, that was published by the Beijing Language and Culture University Press in 2012. His research interests include bilingualism; immersion vs non-immersion; all issues relating to foreign language teaching and learning.

  Ms. Zhixiang Zhou
Visiting Scholar

Ms. Zhou has a master’s degree in applied linguistics from Renmin University of China and a bachelor’s degree in Chinese linguistics and literature from Beijing Normal University. She has twenty years of experience teaching high school and college students in China and overseas, including three years teaching at an all-girls Catholic school in Singapore (2000-2003),  three years in a Thai Christian school and the Beijing Language and Culture University Bangkok College in Thailand (2007-2010). She also taught at Capital Normal University and the North China Electric Power University in Beijing China before joining the UDCI in Fall 2016. Her research interests include reading and listening in a foreign language; implicit and explicit L2 knowledge.

  Ms. Li Liu
Visiting Scholar
  Ms. Weina Yue
US Teacher: Chinese Language
  Ms. Michela Gao
US Teacher: Chinese Language
  Ms. Fangping Chen
US Teacher: Chinese Language
  Mr. Kyle Finnegan
Student Assistant

Mr. Kyle Finnegan is an American student at the University of Delaware fluent in Mandarin Chinese. He spent a year studying at Xiamen University, China last academic school year.

 

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