Dr. Yongfang Zhang, Program director and the lead instructor
Dr. Zhang currently works as an assistant professor of Chinese Studies at Wofford College. She is a native of China, and earned her B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature and her first M.A. in Modern Chinese while still in China. After moving to the United States, she earned her second M.A. and her Ph.D. in Chinese Pedagogy from Ohio State University (OSU). She has been teaching Chinese language and culture courses to Chinese learners first in Beijing and then in the U.S. since 1995. Since 2006, she has participated as a trainer in many teacher training programs at both K-12 level and college level in the U.S.A. and China, including OSU’s Alternative Licensure Program for Chinese K-12 teachers, OSU Summer Programs East Asian Concentration (SPEAC) for college level Chinese teachers, and Alliance for Language Learning and Education Exchange (ALLEX) Chinese and Japanese Teacher Training Institute. She has also offered more than ten professional development workshops for K-12 Chinese teachers sponsored by OSU’s K-12 Chinese Flagship Program, The Confucius Institute (CI) at University of Minnesota, CI at University of Akron, and CI at Presbyterian College. Her lectures focus on performance-based instruction, authentic materials use, ACTFL standards, and language testing. She has presented and published her research about performance-based instruction and authentic material use in Chinese language instruction at ACTFL/CLTA conventions, The National Chinese Language Conferences, and Journal of Chinese Language Teachers Association. She is a certified ACTFL OPI tester.
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Ms. Na Li, Instructor
Ms. Li received her B.A. in History from Shaanxi Normal University in China and her M.A. in Foreign and Second Language Education from The Ohio State University. Before coming to United States, Ms. Li has taught Chinese language in Japan for three years. After receiving her Master’s degree, Ms. Li worked on the K-5 Chinese curriculum design in the OSU Chinese Flagship Program. In 2010, Ms. Li joined Columbus Academy in Columbus, OH and started teaching in middle school and high school levels. Besides teaching, Ms. Li also serves as the 2012-2013 President of Ohio Association of Teachers of Chinese and Dean of Ohio Contemporary Chinese School (a weekend school for heritage students).
But most importantly, Ms. Li is an educator who is devoted to helping her students reach their full potential. She often attends professional workshops to absorb new knowledge that she can integrate and apply in her teaching. With her improving teaching skills, she is a frequent speaker at Chinese language workshops in Ohio and national conferences. Her recent presentations include “Developing Student Proficiency through Differentiated Instruction” in 2012 ACTFL Convention and “E-portfolios in Chinese class” in 2012 National Annual Conference of Chinese School Association in the United States.
Ms. Yu-Chun Lin, Instructor
Bio: Ms. Lin earned a B.A. degree from National Chung Hsing University from Taiwan. She earned an M.B.A. degree from Wesleyan College. Now she works full time as Upper Business Assistant and Chinese Teacher at Seven Hills School in Cincinnati, OH. She joined ALLEX (Alliance For Language Learning and Education Exchange) Chinese and Japanese Teacher Training Institute in the summer of 2010, and completed seven-week Summer Programs East Asian Concentration program at Ohio State University which emphasizes performance-based instruction and covers the full-scope of training in being a professional teacher at the college and K-12 levels.
Ms. Yaqian Li, Teaching Assistant
The program will hire Ms. Yaqian Li as a Teaching Assistant. Ms. Li is an international student from China studying at Wofford College. She double majors in German and Economics, minors in Mathematics. She will be a rising senior student at Wofford College when the program is implemented. She has been working as a student assistant and a peer tutor for the Chinese Program at Wofford College for three years. She is well organized and very energetic. She is familiar with the true beginner’s Chinese learning process and has shown great care for their learning. As a teaching assistant, Ms. Li will provide support to three instructors, ensure the order in daily instruction, and coordinate students throughout the days including the supervision of students during travel to and from Greenville.
Mr. Travis Trojan, Administrative and Technical Assistant
Mr. Travis Trojan will be hired as a Technical Assistant. He is a Chinese major student. When the program is implemented, he will have completed two years of Chinese courses at Wofford College. Mr. Trojan has been the top student in Wofford’s Chinese courses. He won South Carolina’s “Future Palmetto Chinese Star” in the year of 2013, and won three second prizes at the South Carolina Palmetto Star Chinese Contest for lower-level Chinese learners in 2012 and 2013 in both cultural performance and language proficiency categories. He is an active officer in the Chinese Terrier Club at Wofford College, a student organization offering Chinese cultural events on campus. He studied abroad in Beijing during his first Interim (a winter term) and enjoyed the cross-cultural experience. He has worked as a peer tutor for Wofford’s Chinese program, tutoring first-year Chinese learners. He has also received technical training and is working as a lab assistant in the foreign language lab. His role is to provide technical support to instructors and students, archive program files, edit and produce a documentary video to promote future STARTALK programs, and offer technical support and video conferencing events during and after the camp.
The program will hire nine language tutors to assist students’ application of classroom lessons in conversations at the Chinese Table during the lunch time, and during the one-hour tutorial hour each day (the ratio of language tutor and participants is 1:5). Their other tasks include assisting participants’ learning and participation in the cultural activities and assisting participants’ preparation for Friday Showtime. The tutors need to be fluent in Chinese (a minimum proficiency level at Intermediate Mid in ACTFL OPI testing) and to be knowledgeable about Chinese culture (having prior skills in some cultural activities). They will be recruited from the fifteen undergraduate students from China at Wofford College, Chinese major students at Wofford who have completed at least two-years of Chinese learning and received Intermediate Mid or higher level in ACTFL OPI testing (Wofford students normally received Intermediate High/Advanced Low in ACTFL OPIc testing), and a heritage speakers from local community.