OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

     

           We are honoured to have six invited keynote speakers, Professor Zhao Yang, Professor He Lin, Professor Yuan Boping, Professor  

        Zhang Xinsheng (George), Professor Wang Jun, and Mr Su Liqun (David) to the Symposium. 

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       Dr Zhao Yang (Cantab) is professor and dean of the School of Chinese as a Second Language, Peking University, China. His research areas include second language acquisition, generative grammar and sociolinguistics. He has published two monographs, two works of translation and numerous articles in academic journals. He is currently vice president of the International Society for Chinese Language Teaching and chief editor of the journal International Chinese Language Education.

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    Professor Yuan is a world-renowned researcher and supervisor owing to his acquisition study of Chinese from developmental, synchronic and linguistic perspectives. His research also covers  formal linguistics, syntax, semantics and bi/multilingualism. Currently,  he is Distinguished Professor in Linguistics at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, PhD supervisor at the University of Cambridge, Fellow of Churchill College of Cambridge University, as well as Professor Emeritus in Language and Linguistics at the University of Cambridge.

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    Professor He is based at Wuhan University, China. Her research mainly focuses on applied linguistics and modern Chinese grammar. Her substantial achievements lie in her studies on syntax, language processing of Chinese, language planning and policy, etc. 

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    Professor Zhang is a prestigious academic, Professor of Chinese and Director of the Centre for Modern Languages at Richmond, the American International University in London. He has been globally known as an expert in Chinese language policy, language teaching and learning, and teacher training. His expertise also extends to intercultural communications and cross-cultural business management. 

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      Professor Wang Jun's expertise is in L2 Chinese acquisition with a focus on the writing system. His research interests also include development of L2 reading skills and technology based language teaching. He teaches and supervises at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China.

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     Mr Su has been recognised as a Chinese writer and an editor.  He is also known as an innovator in Chinese language teaching, for he founded Meridian Chinese Studies, an organisation dedicated to teaching Chinese culture and the Chinese language.