- Ph.D. University of Hawaii
- M.A. Fujian Teacher’s University
Areas of Research
- Chinese linguistics and cognitive semantics
- L2 Chinese pedagogy and acquisition
- Chinese textual coherence and cohesive devices
- Contrastive studies of Chinese and English language and culture
- The appreciation of Chinese language in literature
- The integration of Chinese culture into language learning
- Elementary Chinese
- Intermediate Chinese
- Advanced Chinese
- Business Chinese
- Chinese Conversation (through TV plays)
- Advanced Chinese Conversation (through multimedia)
- A Survey of the Mainstream of Chinese Philosophy
- The Wisdom of Chinese Characters
My academic and teaching interests are in both language and culture, translation studies, and the contrastive studies between Chinese and English in language and culture.
What is the most important piece of advice you give students to help them succeed?
Learning a foreign language doesn’t simply allow you to speak another language but to open up to and understand different cultures. The integration of culture into language teaching will help my students see beyond themselves and prepare them better to rise to the challenge as 21st century global citizens. The best way to learn a language is to be exposed to it every day for about 30 to 60 minutes instead of once a week for about 2 to 3 hours.
- “Request strategies and Chinese cultural value,” Proceedings: Selected Papers from the Eighth College-wide Conference for Students in Languages, Linguistics, and Literature, 2004, University of Hawai'i at Manoa.
- “The network category of the adverb Jiu,” Proceedings of the 15th Annual North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics, 2003, Michigan State University.
- “Quantitative constraints on the uses of ke and ma in Southern Min,” Proceedings: Selected Papers from the Sixth College-wide Conference for Students in Languages, Linguistics, and Literature, University of Hawaii, 2002.
- "The linguistic functions and styles of English advertising and translation," Foreign Languages 2, 1996.
- "A comparative study of rhetoric devices in Chinese and English advertising and their translation," Foreign Languages in Fujian 4, 1995.
- "On translating institutional words of name cards and cultural difference," Foreign Languages in Fujian 1-2, 1994.
- "Text analysis and understanding in translation," Journal of Fujian Teachers University (Philosophy and Social Sciences Edition), 1989.
Selected Conference Presentations
- “Are the Puzzling Cai and Jiu Synonyms or Antonyms from the Cognitive Perspective?” presented at the 21th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics, 2009.
- “The network category of the adverbial Jiu,” presented at the 15th Annual North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics, 2003.
- “The use of dou and ye in the lian construction,” presented at the 11th Conference of the International Association of Chinese Linguistics in Nagoya, Japan, 2002.
- “Chinese demonstratives zhe and na as text reference,” presented at the CLTA Annual Conference held in conjunction with the ACTFL Annual Convention, 2001.
- "On the features of the translation criterion,” presented at the 1995 Annual Conference of the Fujian Foreign Languages Association, P. R. China, 1995.
- “A comparative study of rhetoric devices in Chinese and English advertising and their Translation,” presented at the Annual Conference of the Fujian Foreign Languages Association, P. R. China, 1994.
- "On translating institutional words of name cards and cultural difference," presented at the Annual Conference of the Fujian Foreign Languages Association, P. R. China, 1993.
Language & Pedagogy
- “Enhance the incidental vocabulary learning in CFL conversation class,” presented at the American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Annual Convention, 2019.
- “Infusing language learning with Chinese philosophy,” presented at the ACTC International Conference on Global General Education and Asian Texts: What should students read? Irvine, CA, 2018.
- “Designing an effective Chinese character course for CFL beginners,” presented at the ACTFL Annual Convention, 2017.
- “Are Chinese Polysemous Complements Teachable?” presented at the 14th International Conference on Chinese Language Pedagogy in Macao, China, 2017.
- “Designing effective instruction of Chinese complements through STI,” presented at the
- ACTFL Annual Convention, 2016.
- “Lexical Knowledge and Instructional Tasks in CFL,” presented at the ACTFL Annual Convention, 2014.
- “Designing Formative Assessment Rubrics for CFL Students’ Oral Performance,” presented at the Annual Conference of Chinese Language Teachers Association (CLTA) held in conjunction with the ACTFL Annual Convention, 2013.
- “Constructing specifications of oral task assessment in CFL,” presented at the CLTA Annual Conference held in conjunction with ACTFLE Annual, 2012.
- “Designing Effective Form-focused Tasks in the CFL Communicative Classroom,” presented at the CLTA Annual Conference held in conjunction with the Convention of ACTFL, 2011.