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Weiqun (Victoria) Wang

Assistant Professor in Chinese, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

I have more than 15 years experiences in teaching Chinese as a second/foreign language in the HE environment in the UK. I have taught Mandarin modules in all different levels, including the beginner, intermediate and advanced and proficiency levels as well as Chinese-English translation modules. I have also been serving as the examiners for Chinese GCSE and iGCSE and the Certificate of International Chinese Language Teachers(国际汉语教师证书). My most recent innovation is that I created and set up the International Forum of Chinese Language Teachers (国际汉语教师微信群)and its official Account e-journal (国际汉语教师500强公众号).

I have been teaching in the University of Nottingham since 2007. I am currently the module convener of the Inter-faculty Mandarin courses for Stages 1, stage 4 and Mandarin for Proficiency Level. I have also been the convener for Stage 2, 3 and the Introduction to Mandarin in the MSc International Business course. I have also served as the Registration Coordinator for the whole Mandarin team for four years. During those years our Mandarin program registered students numbers reached over 900 students/year , which was the largest Chinese program in the UK.

In my early years, I have also taught a wide range of Chinese language learners in the local schools and university evening classes, my students are from all different background, including the Chinese background and non-Chinese background , ranging from 4-year-old to over 70 years.

I am interested in E-learning and CALL (Computer-Assisted Language Learning) , mobile learning, MOOC and in introducing Corpus to Mandarin learning, teaching and research. I am also interested in Chinese literature and Translation studies.

I have been involved in the following projects:

1. Chinese Learner Corpus project with Beijing Language and Cultural University; (2013-2016)

2. Lu Xun and 20th Century China with Nanjing Normal University , funded by the China National Social Science Foundation for national/international major project; (2013- 2015)

3. I have recently succeeded in co-bidding the GuangZhou Municipal Special Project of Collaborative Innovation 2016 (the co-applicants are Prof Donghong Ji from China, Prof Susan Hunston from Birmingham University, and Dr Jun He from Aberystwyth University) . (2016-2019)

Prior to joining The University of Nottingham, I worked in various positions at the University of Birmingham from 2002 to 2007, including teaching Mandarin at the Centre for Modern Languages and teaching Translation Practical sessions for MA in Translation Studies in the English Department. Before that, I was a lecturer at the China Agricultural University from 1996 to 2001.

I have also served as the judge for the Chinese Bridge Competition (UK national 英国汉语桥比赛评委); I am currently serving as the Deputy Chair for the British Chinese Language Society (BCLTS http://bclts.co.uk/index.html ).

I have also been working with/for the following publishers to review books on Chinese Language and Linguistics:

Cambridge Univerisy Press; Routledge.

Teaching Summary

I have been awarded the Best Teacher title in 2000 . My SET and SEM scores are all excellent every year.

I am currently the tutor and convenor for the Following courses:

Inter-faculty Mandarin Chinese Stage 1A;

Inter-faculty Mandarin Chinese Stage 1B ;

Inter-faculty Mandarin Chinese Stage 4A ;

Inter-faculty Mandarin Chinese Stage 4B;

Mandarin for Proficiency Levels A;

Mandarin for Proficiency Levels B;

I have also taught the following courses:

Inter-faculty Mandarin Chinese Stage 2A;

Inter-faculty Mandarin Chinese Stage 2B;

Inter-faculty Mandarin Chinese Stage 3A;

Inter-faculty Mandarin Chinese Stage 3B;

MSC Mandarin for Business Chinese Beginners;

MA in Translation Studies: Mandarin Chinese-English Translation Practical Semester A and B;

I am very much interested in using e-techonology in teaching. I'm interested in e-teaching, e-learning , mobile learning/teaching, and MOOC. I also use news and literature and other authentic materials in the teaching.

Recent Publications

I am teaching the following modules at the moment: Autumn Semester: LK11MA Interfaculty Mandarin Stage 1A LK34MA Interfaculty Mandarin Stage 4A T1342A Mandarin for Proficiency Level A Spring Semester: LK11MB Interfaculty Mandarin Stage 1B LK34MB Interfaculty Mandarin Stage 4B T1342B Mandarin for Proficiency Level B

Past Research

Academic Publications

WANG, WEIQUN 王维群, 2016. Foreword to the E-journal of the International Forum of Chinese Language Teachers (国际汉语教师500强卷首语--群主的话) (in Chinese). The E-journal of the International Forum of Chinese Language Teachers (国际汉语教师500强公众号). [Online]. 4th July, 2016 the 1st Issue. Available at: http://mp.weixin.qq.com/s?__biz=MzI3OTMxOTY4Mg==&mid=2247483683&idx=1&sn=3a9c200adce2402dc8835311f6e678ed&scene=0#wechat_redirect

WANG, WEIQUN 王维群. 2015. The Impact of the Chinese President Xi' s Visiting to UK: The Tendency of Mandarin Chinese Programme (习访效应:英国汉语教学的新一次高潮) (in Chinese). The shorten version is published in The Chinese Weekly (华闻周刊》). Issue 199. 2015. P75. The Full version is available online: http://www.ihuawen.com/hw/article/2046

WANG, WEIQUN 王维群, 2013. The Current Existence of Chinese Author Lu Xun in the UK (鲁迅在英国存在之现状) (in Chinese). In Book Tan, G., Zhu, X. and Yang, H. ed. Cultural Classics and Spiritual Symbols-Lu Xun and 20th Century China (《文化经典和精神象征--鲁迅与20世纪中国"国际学术研讨会论文集》). Nanjing University Press. P408-441.

WANG, WEIQUN 王维群. 2013. The Recent Spread of Lu Xun in Britain (鲁迅在英国的近期传播). Published in Chinese Writers News Journal (Wenyi Bao《文艺报》) (in Chinese) ,in the Special Issue on Celebrating Luxun's 132 Birth Anniversary, 11th September, 2013 ,Issue 3623. P 11. Also Available online http://www.chinawriter.com.cn/2013/2013-09-11/173996.html

J. Yun, W. Wang and J. He. 2007. A Co-evolutionary Algorithm to Cluster Translation Equivalents in English-Chinese Parallel Corpus. In Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium on Intelligence Computation and Applications (ISICA 2008), Wuhan, China.

WANG WEIQUN 王维群.1998. Teacher's Role in Class to Enhance Students' Interests in Learning English (力掘讲课深度, 激发学生兴趣) (in Chinese). In China Agricultural University Journal (Social Science Edition) (《中国农业大学社会科学学报》), no.1-2, 1998. P82-84.

Book Translated:

WANG, WEIQUN 王维群 (translated). 2008. 忠告--来自94年的投资生涯. Shanghai University of Finance and Economics Press. Shanghai. PP141. Total 176,000 Chinese characters. Original book: Neuberger, R. R. (with Alfred&Roma Connable). 1997. So Far, So Good- the First 94 Years. John Wiley&Sons, Inc. New York. Pp: 221.

Selected Essay and Prose Publications

WANG WEIQUN 王维群, 2016. Love to My Hometown series 1: My First Diplomatic Mission ( 故园之恋 之一: 第一次出使 ) Available at: http://www.weidb.com/p45943?from=timeline&isappinstalled=0 (1281 Chinese characters, read by 1813 times)

WANG WEIQUN 王维群, 2015. On the Blenheim Palace (再游邱吉尔庄园) Available at: http://www.weidb.com/p19237&g=999&tag=538&page=1 (ready by 6739 times)

WANG WEIQUN 王维群, 2015. On the Royal Observatory Greenwich(格林威治天文台 ) Available at: http://www.weidb.com/p20297 (read by 8848 times)

News report:

WANG WEIQUN 王维群, International Chinese Language Teaching Experts accumulated in NewCastle, Discussing the Inheritance and Innovation (国际汉语教学专家齐聚英国纽卡斯尔:探讨"继承与创新"). Available at: http://www.ihuawen.com/hw/article/29983.html

Conference Presentations

Wang, W. 2016. Teaching Mandarin Chinese as Foreign Language in the Apple Era-a Summary and Forcast. Presented at the 14th BCLTS Annual Conference, held at the NewCastle University. 13-15 July 2016

Zheng, B. and Wang, W. 2016. Chinese Language Teaching in the UK: A Comprehensive Investigation on Current Chinese Programs Run by British Universities. Presented at the 14th BCLTS Annual Conference, held at the NewCastle University. NewCastle, 13-15 July 2016

Wang, W. 2016. The Recent spread of Lu Xun in the UK. Presented at the Chinese Creation, Translation and Studies Forum. University of Nottingham.8-10 July, 2016

Wang, W. 2016. The International Forum of Chinese Language Teachers and Its Official E-journal-the Foundation and Development (国际汉语教师微信群和国际汉语教师500强公众号的建立与发展). Presented in the Symposium on the Supervision of Research Students (SSRS) in Teaching Chinese as a second Language (TCSL). Organised by SOAS, University of London. 24-26 August, 2016

Wang, W. 2015. Using the Social Media Software WeChat to Support Teaching and Students Management (功夫在课堂之外--浅谈微信(WeChat)对汉语作为外语的教学的应用和影响). Presented at the 13th BCLTS Annual Conference, held at the Oxford University. Oxford, 8-10 July 2015

Wang, W. 2014. Confucius China Studies Program and the British Local Chinese Teachers Career Development (新汉学计划与英国高校本土汉语教师的培养). Presented at the 12th BCLTS (British Chinese Language Teaching Society) Conference, held at the Regent University, London 9 -11th July, 2014.

Wang, W. 2013. The Progress on Exploring Using the Apple Devices in Mandarin Teaching. Presented at the 11th BCLTS (British Chinese Language Teaching Society) Conference, held at the University of Nottingham, 3rd July - 5th July, 2013

Wang, W. 2013. Luxun's Works in Britain (鲁迅作品在英国). Presented at International Conference on Lunxun and 20th Century China, 23rd -25th April, 2013, Nanjing , China.

Wang, W. 2012. New Ideas on the Confucius Institute's Role in Helping the International Mandarin Teachers' Career Development (试论孔子学院在国际高校汉语教师培养和职业发展中的新思路)presented at the 11th International Conference on Chinese Language Teaching, 16- 17th August, 2012, Xi'An, China

Wang, W. 2012. Teaching Mandarin Chinese in the APPLE Era. Presented at the 11th BCLTS (British Chinese Language Teaching Society) Conference, held at the University of Central Lancashire, 11th -13th July, 2012.

Wang, W. 2011. Introduction on Open Educational Resources in Mandarin Chinese Teaching. Presented at the 9th BCLTS (British Chinese Language Teachers Society) Symposium, held at the University Of Edinburgh, UK. 29th June - 1st July, 2011.

Wang, W. 2010. The Internet Resources for Chinese character flash and its Classroom Practical Effect. Presented at the 10th International Forum for Mandarin Teaching. Held at Shenyang, China. 18-20 August, 2010.

Wang, W. 2010. On the Diversity of Chinese Language and Culture in the International Mandarin Teaching (试论国际汉语教育教材中的语言和文化多样性问题).Presented at the 8th BCLTS (British Chinese Language Teachers Society) Symposium, held at the University of Cardiff, UK. 28th-30th June, 2010.

Wang, W. 2009. Use Multimedia to Help Chinese Character Teaching. Presented at the 7th BCLTS (British Chinese Language Teachers Society) Symposium, held at the University of Sheffield, UK. 29-30 June, 2009.

Wang, W. 2006. Simultaneous Sentence-level Alignment between One Source Text and Two Translation Texts. Presented at the British/Irish Association for Applied Linguistics Annual Conference 2006 (BAAL/IRAAL 2006), held in University College Cork, Ireland, Sept 7-9, 2006

Wang, W. 2005. Corpus-Driven Study of Translation Units in an English-Chinese Parallel Corpus. Presented in IV International Contrastive Linguistics Conference (ICLC-4), held in the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Sept. 20-23, 2005

Other Academic Activities

1. Colloquium on Chinese Character Teaching and Learning (汉字教学论坛). SOAS, University of London. 12 April, 2016. (Invited attendance for this conference, Funded by the Colloquium organiser).

2. The BCLTS Symposium on Chinese Teaching. Organised by the BCLTS and Nottingham Confucius Institute. 16-17 April 2016. Chaired the session: Good practice for e-learning at different levels.

3. Chinese for academic purposes (CAP) - potential, challenges and future development. Organised by LSE language Centre, 16 Dec, 2015. Attended

Digitalised MPhil Thesis (permanently collected by the library in the University of Birmingham)

Wang, W. 2011. A corpus-driven study on translation units in an English-Chinese parallel corpus. MPhil Thesis is digitalised and permanently collected by Birmingham University Library: available at http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/561/

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