Confucius Institute Programs - NCCIP Conference Bios of the Keynote Speaker

Guofang Li
Dr. Guofang Li is a Professor and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Transnational/Global Perspectives of Language and Literacy Education of Children and Youth in the Department of Language and Literacy Education, University of British Columbia, Canada. Li is a leading researcher in immigrant children’s language and literacy education internationally. Her program of research aims to improve the life success of immigrant and minority students by addressing the cultural, linguistic, instructional, and structural barriers in their literacy learning and academic achievement both in school and at home. Her recent research interests span longitudinal studies of immigrant children's bicultural and bi-literacy development through school, children and youth's new literacies practices in and out of school, technology-enhanced language teaching in primary and secondary schools, pre- and in-service TESOL teacher education, and current language and educational policy and practice in globalized contexts. Li has published 13 books and over 100 journal articles and book chapters in English and Chinese, and presented over 200 papers worldwide. Her work and contribution has been recognized by numerous national and international awards including the 2016 Mid-Career Award from the Second Language Research Special Interest Group (SIG), American Educational Research Association (AERA), the 2016 Carol Weinstein Outstanding Research Award, Classroom Management SIG, AERA, the 2013 and 2006 Ed Fry Book Award of the Literary Research Association (LRA), the 2011 Publication Award from ACPSS, the 2010 AERA Early Career Award, and the 2008 Social Context of Education Division Early Career Award of AERA. Her most recent books include Educating Chinese-heritage Students in the Global-Local Nexus: Achievement, Challenges, and Opportunities (Routledge, 2017) and Chinese-heritage Students in North American Schools: Understanding the Hearts and Minds beyond Test Scores. (Routledge, 2016).

Jin Wang
Jin Wang is Associate Professor of Chinese language and linguistics at Capital Normal University, China. She received her Ph.D. in Chinese Philology from Capital Normal University in 2007 and completed her Postdoctoral Research in Foreign Language and Literature from Capital Normal University Postdoctoral Research Center in 2016. Her research fields are contrastive linguistics and cross-cultural communication, linguistic typology, linguistic and mental studies. She has been engaged in teaching Chinese as a second language for more than 20 years. She taught at the Russian National Moscow University from 2003 to 2006 and served as Associate Director at Confucius Institute of St. Petersburg State University, Russia from 2007 to 2009. She worked as a visiting professor in Department of Chinese Language and Literature at Keimyung University, South Korea from 2013 to 2015. Currently, she is a visiting professor of Master of Education Degree Program in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language and New York State Chinese Language Teacher Certification in Graduate School of Education at the University at Buffalo, SUNY.

Wenying Zhou
Wenying Zhou is an Assistant Professor of Chinese in the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages at Michigan State University. She has extensive experiences with online and face-to-face Chinese language instruction, expertise in Chinese language teacher training, knowledge of Chinese curriculum development, and an exceptional record of published journal articles and book chapters in the area of teaching Chinese as a second language. Her past research has focused mainly on training Chinese language teachers in the U.S., exploring effective ways in Chinese language instruction, and examining the effectiveness of technology in Chinese language learning. Her recent research interests include the use of target language and authentic materials in Chinese instruction as well as the development of American students' Chinese literacy.

Yun Xiao
Yun Xiao is Professor of Chinese language and linguistics at Bryant University and served as the chair of the Department of Modern Languages (2007-2014). She received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from University of Hawaii in 1998. Her research interests are Second Language Acquisition, Heritage Language Learning, Chinese Linguistics, and Chinese Language Education. She has published around 30 journal articles and book chapters. She also published a four-volume Readings in Chinese Literature Series (2008-2010, with Hui Xiao, et al.) and three co-edited/authored research volumes: Chinese as a Heritage Language: Fostering Rooted World Citizenry (2008, with Agnes Weiyun He), Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language: Theories and Applications (2011, 2nd edition, with Michael Everson), and Current Issues in Chinese Linguistics (2011, with Liang Tao and Hooi Ling soh). Before she came to Bryant University, she served on faculty at the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures in University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1999-2007), with Chinese teacher training and teacher certification as one of her major responsibilities.