Teaching Staff Profiles

 

Mr Kevin YANG

Chinese Language Teacher & Curriculum Coordinator

Kevin has been teaching Chinese for twenty years to adults and children. He was the founding teacher at Confucius Institute in 2007 and is also the curriculum coordinator. Kevin holds a BA in TESOL from Brigham Young University (USA) and a Master in Applied Linguistics from the University of Melbourne with a thesis on Chinese second language acquisition, which was published in an international academic journal. Kevin has conducted a research project with the University of Melbourne using social media for learning Chinese in a primary school setting. He has recently translated the children’s book “Found in Melbourne” by Joanne O'Callaghan into Mandarin. Kevin has extensive experience in curriculum design, teacher training, immersion program and international school partnerships. He strongly believes that language instruction needs to be varied and engaging to build students’ communicative competence as well as cultural understanding.

 

Dr Xia CUI

Chinese Language Teacher

Xia Cui has a research and teaching background in language education and intercultural communication. She has over 15 years language teaching experience to adult learners. Her major research interests include intercultural challenges of Chinese immigrant professionals, intercultural pragmatics particularly focused on workplace social interactions, small talk, and Content and Language Integrated Learning. Her current research and practice focus on improving international students’ academic performance and social wellbeing in higher education.

 

Dr Bo HU

Chinese Language Teacher

Bo is a passionate teacher who enjoys helping his students achieve Mandarin Chinese proficiency while having fun in their studies. He completed his PhD in Education at the University of Melbourne. His PhD thesis examined Chinese Australian multilingual family experiences through family language policy theories. In 2012, Bo obtained a Master’s degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from the University of Sheffield, UK. In 2010, he worked as a television news presenter in Shanghai, following his completion of a Master’s degree in Radio and Television Language Communication from Communication University of China, Beijing. Since 2011, Bo has been teaching a wide range of Chinese language courses including business Chinese and HSK exam preparation across different proficiency levels in both UK and Australia. He has also supervised contestants for the Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign University Students, also known as ‘Hanyuqiao’, in 2011 and 2012. 

 

Ms Luna TAI

Chinese Language Teacher

Originally a teacher from the Institute for International Students, Nanjing University, Luna specializes in providing a comprehensive curriculum to students of all levels. Having taught students from top universities around the world, she holds a Master of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language accompanied by many years of practical experience.

Luna joined the Confucius Institute in late 2014 forming part of the full time teachers at the Institute. She brings with her a high level of teaching experience focusing on providing interactive and insightful classes that not only cover the core elements of the language but also its culture.

 

Ms Yu WANG

Chinese Language Teacher

Yu has been a teacher of Chinese for over ten years. She has completed a wide range of research on aspects of Chinese language teaching and international cultural exchange. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts, Yu used to work as a Chinese teacher in secondary schools in China. She also regularly engaged in the training of local teachers. In 2001, Yu graduated with an MBA from La Trobe University. She also completed a Master of Financial Management from Central Queensland University in 2003. In 2016, Yu completed her PhD at the East China Normal University. After moving permanently to Australia in 2009, Yu spent seven years as a VCE Chinese Language assessor and also a panel member in VCAA.

Yu is a passionate and dedicated promoter of Sino-Australian cultural exchange. Through her work at CI, Yu aims to deepen Victorian's understanding of Chinese culture, and to facilitate students' interest and knowledge about China.

 

Mr Huawen XU

Chinese Calligraphy and Chinese Painting Instructor 

Mr Xu Huawen is a professional and experienced Chinese calligraphy and painting master. He has been delivering Calligraphy and Chinese painting courses at the Confucius Institute at the University of Melbourne since 2009. Mr Xu was a graduate of the Chinese Institute of Classical Art in Shanghai and was trained in Traditional Chinese Fine Art of Calligraphy and Painting. In his youth he studied under an esteemed Chinese Calligraphy master. Expanding his artistic horizons he undertook further study in western visual art in Australia, to infuse eastern influence with western visual art idiosyncrasies.

Mr Xu has participated and exhibited in group and solo shows both in Australia and abroad. His works are cherished pieces held by private and corporate collectors. He was also invited to public lectures to share his insights.

 

Ms Ada Jiayi WANG

Jiayi completed the Master of Teaching at the University of Melbourne in 2018. She was the recipient of the Victorian Government's Hamer Scholarship Program in 2018 and had the opportunity to further study teaching approaches and pedagogies in Japan. Jiayi is a passionate language teacher who dedicates to teaching students in a fun and positive way and is willing to adopt new educational frameworks in order to improve students’ language learning outcomes. She also hopes to contribute to intercultural understanding between China and Australia.