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.



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.


Mr Xiaofeng ZHOU

Tai Chi Teacher

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 Vera LIU

Chinese Language Teacher

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 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 Jie YU

Chinese Language Teacher

Jie obtained a Master of Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages from Peking University in 2015. She was previously a teacher from the Institute of Chinese Culture and Media, Chongqing University of Arts and Sciences, and has vast experience in the education field.

Before joining the Confucius Institute in late 2017 as a full-time teacher, Jie taught various levels of Chinese in Chongqing, China and in Bergen, Norway. She also has delivered training sessions for clients from companies, universities etc. With many years of practical experience, Jie strives to implement the most effective ways of teaching Chinese language and culture to her students.


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 Ji YU

Chinese Language Teacher

Yu obtained her Master Degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from Nankai University, China, in year 2013; and she has been working in this field over the past seven years. Having engaged in various language programs and training courses of learners across the world, Yu has gained a profound understanding of Mandarin teaching. As a passionate and inspiring teacher, Yu is always interested in discovering fun and effective learning approaches. With professional training background and extensive teaching experience, Yu has tailored her Mandarin class into an interactive and practical language learning style, and receives great feedbacks from her past and current students.


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.


Mr Yuntao ZHANG

Chinese Language Teacher

Yuntao is a Chinese teacher with rich knowledge in the Chinese language and culture, and has a very effective and communicative style of teaching. He completed two masters at the University of Melbourne, a Master of Teaching (Secondary) in 2018 and Master of Global Media Communication in 2016. Prior to completing his masters, he obtained a Bachelor of Chinese Linguistics and Literature at Sun Yat-sen University.

Before joining the Confucius Institute in 2019, Yuntao already had vast experience in teaching. He taught first and second language Chinese at public and independent secondary schools in Victoria. Based on feedback from his students and colleagues, Yuntao is a passionate Chinese teacher and is especially good at utilizing updated pedagogical knowledge to make his class inspiring and motivating.