Teaching Staff Profiles

Language and Cultural Program Teachers

Back row (l-r) Linlin Lu, Grace Wang, Shirley Zheng, Luna Tai, Masa Zhang, Ying Meng, Ping Jiang.

Front row (l-r) Vera Liu, Thomas Day,  Zhihong Chen, Julia Gong, Wenhua Xu, Lianying Hao, (absent Kevin Yang, Susan Su)


Mr Kevin Yang


Kevin Yang is the ultimate Chinese teacher. Originally from Taiwan, Kevin completed his studies at Brigham Young University (Hawaii) before being recruited by the US defence department to teach Mandarin Chinese at the Defence Language Institute in Monterey (California).

After moving to Australia in 2002, Kevin completed his Masters in Applied Linguistics at the University of Melbourne focusing on the acquisition of Chinese as a second language by non-native speakers. Kevin has extensive practical experience teaching Chinese at the Horwood Language Centre at the University of Melbourne.

Kevin brings extensive experience as a language teacher and his ability to explain the connection between culture and language. Growing up in Taiwan and having lived in two English-speaking countries for extended periods gives him a unique perspective on Chinese culture.


Ms Yu Wang (Grace)


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 worked as Chinese teacher in secondary schools in China. She also regularly engaged in the training of local teachers. Through this experience, Yu gained a deep understanding of China, its culture and work practices. 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. Yu is currently undertaking her PHD studies through the East China Normal University. After moving permanently to Australia in 2009, Yu spent three years as a VCE Chinese Language assessor, and is now a professional VCE Chinese as a Second Language teacher.

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


Ms Vera Liu


Vera completed her Master of Management at the University of Melbourne and earned a Bachelor degree in International Business obtaining a Vice-Chancellor Award from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Besides her professional work in the financial services industry, Vera has also been teaching Chinese as a foreign language to adult learners for more than 8 years in Shanghai and Victoria. She has extensive experience teaching beginner to advanced Chinese, especially Business Chinese. She has taught managers how to communicate effectively with Chinese businesspeople. She understands that each student has a unique background and differing learning goals, and demonstrates good judgment in offering discrete, individual student feedback when needed. Her attention to such detail is complemented by her ability to present the class material in a fun and easy to understand format, making her classes very enjoyable.

Ms Yan Zheng (Shirley)


Ms. Zheng previously worked as a Chinese teacher at the Confucius Institute, Hanover before she moved to Australia in 2013. She taught beginner to advanced level Chinese, to learners from a wide range of backgrounds. She also worked closely with the local government on initiatives designed to help German people to improve their understanding of Chinese language and culture. This experience gave her a great opportunity to understand human behaviour and exposed her to a new dimension of the education sector.

Ms Zheng earned her Bachelor Degree in Computer Science from the esteemed Fudan University, Shanghai. She also completed a Graduate Certificate in teaching Chinese as a Second Language (TCSL) from East China Normal University. Throughout 2010 Ms Zheng studied German at Hamburg University.


Mr Xu Huawen 


Mr Xu was trained in Traditional Chinese Fine Art of Calligraphy and Painting. In his youth he studied at the prestigious Institute of Chinese Painting in Shanghai, and 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.

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.


Ms Zhou Xiaofeng


Xiaofeng Zhou is an experienced teacher of Tai Chi.  He is qualified as a social sport instructor, specialized in Tai Chi and Health Qigong, which is certified by the National Administration Bureau of Sports of China.  He is also entitled as the Fourth Level of martial art (the ranking of Chinese martial arts). 

Mr. Zhou learnt the traditional Chinese martial arts at the age of 11, and started to practice Tai Chi in his early twenties.  For last decades, he has mainly been practicing Tai Chi and Health Qigong, and studying their profound theories.  He took part in several competitions of Tai Chi and Health Qigong at provincial level in Jiangsu, China, and won 1st and 2nd awards.

Mr. Zhou taught Tai Chi and Health Qigong in Nanjing, China and Darwin, Australia before moving to Melbourne in 2014.  Now he is teaching Tai Chi at Confucius Institute of University of Melbourne and Box Hill community.  With more than forty years of practicing and mort the ten years of teaching Tai Chi, his teaching is highly praised by his students.


Ms Luna Tai


Originally a teacher from the Institute for International Students, Nanjing University, Luna specialises 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 Ying  Meng


Ying Meng has undertaken extensive studies in Education at the University of  Jilin, graduating with a Master of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (TCSL). She has experience teaching Chinese at Changchun Yukun School and also at Surin Provincial Adult Education Centre in Thailand where she taught Chinese learners of all levels and actively participated in the activities of the centre and surrounding schools.

Ying Meng is a highly diligent and passionate teacher and is responsible for teaching and tutoring at the Confucius Institute.