Chinese Language Instructors

Chinese Language Instructors

Jian Zhao My name is Jian Zhao. I came from Shanghai, China, where I took both my undergraduate and graduate studies, majoring in Chinese language and literature. Later I went to Japan and Canada to continue my graduate studies and obtained my doctoral degree from University of Toronto, Canada. I have been teaching Chinese in China, Japan and Canada for more than two decades, starting as teaching assistant to professor. As I have been accumulating teaching experience in various countries with different groups of students including Chinese-major college and graduate school students and continuing study adults, I understand well different requirements and focuses for different students. My research interest is in East Asian cultural studies. I am an essay writer for different newspapers and magazines in China. In my spare time, I also compose classical Chinese poems.
Nada Al Mahmeed My name is Qingling Kang. I come from Chengdu City, Sichuan Province, China, where I obtained my bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Translation and Interpreting. I love teaching Chinese for it is amazing and inspiring to witness that students start learning Chinese from zero stage, gradually are capable of expressing themselves in Chinese, and then develop a better understanding of China through being exposed to Chinese culture and customs. I always maintain the philosophy that education is not filling a vessel, but lighting a fire. I have been a translator and specialize in Chinese-English translation of technical documents. In addition, I work as a part-time editor of a provincial-level magazine, Discovery of Nature, responsible for translating and editing articles on scientific researches and development from English to Chinese.
Nada Al Mahmeed Li Han is a native Beijinger. She obtained her Bachelor Degree in Interior Architecture from Tongji University in China and her Master of Science in design studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After finishing her undergraduate study she moved to Singapore and worked for various design firms as an interior designer. Currently she holds a full-time teaching position at Virginia Commonwealth University—Qatar. She passed the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) examination in 2007 in USA. Her multiple talents in design communication include manual and digital rendering, virtual environments and 3D printing. Her current research interests include “Hybridization—an exploration of design methodology” and “Mathematics and design.”
Li Han is very interested in learning and teaching language. She studied Russian and passed the university language qualification exam. While working as an interior designer in Singapore she taught herself English and obtained a full score on the TOEFL test in three years. She also tutored beginner-level Chinese student in Canada for one year before going to graduate school in the United States. For Li, seemingly unrelated fields such as design and language are strongly connected. Mastering a language is very much like mastering art. Language is art.
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