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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.
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.