Mandarin Summer Language Camp

Faculty Advisors:

Dr. Tim Liao

Tim Liao is Professor of Sociology and Professor of Statistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His sociological interests include methodology, collective memory, and life course analysis. He served as Editor of Sociological Methodology (2009-2015), a journal of the American Sociological Association. While his research on East Asia focuses primarily on Great China, he has also published on Japan and Korea, including his 2013 paper on Nagano women in the silk reeling industry during the Meiji period. His 2015 coedited book presents a multidisciplinary perspective on the territorial dispute between China and Japan. Collaborating with researchers in Hong Kong, he started in 2016 a new project studying Filipina and Indonesian migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong.

Dr. Jian Zhang

Jian (Jack) Zhang is an associate professor of Jiangxi Normal University (China) and the deputy director of the Confucius Institute at UIUC. As a professor of English language and literature, he has taught both undergraduates and graduate students majoring in English for 28 years in China. Before coming to the United States, he was a professor and associate dean of the School of Intercultural Studies at JXNU. In December 2013, he began to work as the deputy director of the Confucius Institute at UIUC. Prof. Zhang is the Deputy Director of the Confucius Institute.

Dr. Chilin Shih

Chilin Shih received her Ph. D. from the University of California, San Diego in Linguistics. She is an assistant professor in the department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, the Department of Linguistics, and a part-time member of the Beckman Institute in the Cognitive Science group. Her field of research interests are in linguistics, speech technologies, prosody modeling and prosody perception.

Instructors Team:

Xiaoyu Liu

Xiaoyu Liu is the lead Mandarin instructor for the Mandarin Summer Institute. She is a graduate student in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership at UIUC, with a research interest in instructional designing and learner engagement. She got her Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature, and her first Master’s degree in Translation and Interpreting between Chinese and English. She taught English and Chinese, as well as served as the academic consultant for international freshman and sophomore students in the University of International Business and Economics in China. She also has experiences in teaching English to Chinese high school graduates and university students in a language training center. Additionally, she was a volunteer in the Asian American Club of Urbana High School.

Jinghan Tang

Tang was born in Beijing and speaks fluent Mandarin, English and Korean. She has been a teaching assistant for the Confucius Institute at Lancaster University where she taught Mandarin classes for beginners. Jinghan is now a master student at School of Information at UIUC and is really excited about helping more students to explore the charms of the Mandarin language this summer.

Mike Yu-Chuan Shen

Shen graduated from NYU M.S. in Global Affairs and now a Ph.D. student in Global Studies in Education at UIUC. He has the Certification of Proficiency in Teaching Chinese as a Second/Foreign Language (TCSL/TCFL) and was devoted to teaching Chinese learners for more than eight years. He also served as an instructor of Mandarin education & international cultural exchange program in Tokyo Chinese School during 2009 to 2012. As a trilingual international education professional, Mike also held an MBA degree and studied abroad in University of Helsinki in Finland and focused on developing intercultural competence. Mike previously worked as an international advisor at United Nations in New York and director of student & academic affairs at public schools in Taiwan.

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