About the team


  • Shaoyan Qi is currently a lecturer in Chinese at Columbia University. Before she joined Columbia, she taught Chinese language at numerous colleges and universities, including Bryn Mawr, Princeton, and Middlebury. Shaoyan Qi obtained a MA in Linguistic and Sociocultural Anthropology from State University of New York at Binghamton and a MA in Education from Villanova University, and she is currently enrolled in the doctoral programme in Applied Linguistics at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research interests include instructed second language acquisition and the pedagogy of teaching Chinese as a foreign language.

  • Ding Anqi is a doctoral candidate on Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language at Renmin University, Beijing. She holds an MA in the subject from Nankai University, Tianjin, having completed undergraduate studies of English Language and Literature at Shandong Normal University. Ding Anqi has taught Chinese language and on teaching methodology in both academic and corporate spheres since 1996, and is presently Deputy Dean of the School of Chinese Language and Literature at Beijing Foreign Studies University.

  • Dan Wang is currently a lecturer of Chinese at Peking University. Previously, she taught as a Chinese language instructor at Colombia University in Beijing from 2009 to 2010. She received her BA in Management Science from Wuhan University and her MA in Chinese Philology from Peking University. She is a devoted, insightful Chinese teacher who enjoys the challenges and rewards of classroom teaching.

  • Jie Zhang is an Assistant Professor of Chinese at the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at the University of Oklahoma. She obtained her PhD in Applied Linguistics from Pennsylvania State University. Before joining the University of Oklahoma, she taught Chinese at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center and The Pennsylvania State University. Her research focuses on second language acquisition and Chinese as a Foreign Language.

Academic Advisors

  • Y. K. Tse graduated with BA (Hons), CertEd, MPhil and PhD qualifications from The University of Hong Kong. He is now the Associate Professor and Programme Coordinator (Chinese Language and Literature) at the School of Chinese, The University of Hong Kong. Being the author of academic papers and books as well as the principal investigator of funded research projects in Chinese studies, he has also been the academic assessor, external examiner, moderator, committee member, article reviewer, seminar speaker and adjudicator for tertiary institutions, government bodies and community organizations.

  • Simon Greenall has been a textbook writer and course designer since 1982, and is a past President of the International Association for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (1997–99). In China, alongside his work for Discover China, he is the co-Editor in Chief of New Standard English, for junior and senior high schools, and New Standard College English, both series published by Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press, Beijing, and Macmillan Education Ltd., London.

  • Huang Dian has taught Chinese at the University of Westminster since 1989, where she is a Senior Lecturer and the coordinator of the Polylang Chinese Programme. Huang Dian is also the Former Chair of the British Chinese Language Teaching Society (BCLTS) and a committee member of the Universities’ China Committee in London (UCCL).

  • C. K. Tang holds a MB, BS, BA (Hons), MPhil and PhD from the University of Hong Kong. He has worked at the National University of Singapore, and since 1997 has been Associate Professor in the School of Chinese at the University of Hong Kong. He is now a Professor and the Major Coordinator of the China Studies Programme at the Centennial College, a member of the University of Hong Kong. Author of five books and more than 30 academic papers on Chinese literature and language, C. K. Tang is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Oriental Studies and Journal of Chinese Literary Studies.