Director & Key Trainer
Dr. Miao-fen Tseng (曾妙芬)
Professor Tseng is the Inaugural Director of the Institute of World Languages and an Associate Professor of Chinese at the University of Virginia (UVa). She is an expert in second language acquisition for teaching Chinese as a foreign language and has received the 2016 Helen Warriner-Burke FLAVA Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her contribution to Chinese language education. Since 2008, she has served as the director of the STARTALK Chinese Teacher Academy in partnership with the Virginia STARTALK Chinese Student Academy at UVa. She has also been invited to serve on many national and international committees and play different influential roles, including, but are not limited to,a member of STARTALK Task
Force, a College Board consultant in AP Chinese, an OPI certified tester in Mandarin Chinese, and a K-12 Chinese language program evaluator and foreign language program reviewer for ACTFL/NCATE. Her most recent involvement in the development of AP Chinese includes serving as a curriculum advisor for the Course Audit and as a member of the Curriculum Development and Assessment Committee. She has frequently given talks and taught in many workshops, seminars, and summer institutes in AP Chinese and Chinese language pedagogy in the US, China, and Taiwan. Numerous K-16 and heritage school teachers have benefited from her professional experience and have obtained TCFL certificates or graduate-level credits granted by different universities around the US. Being a passionate Chinese language advocate, she has actively promoted Chinese language and culture in the nation by serving as the founder and president of the Chinese Language Teachers Association of Virginia (2009-2013) and as a member of the CLTA Board of Directors. Her Intermediate Chinese was recognized as one of the top ten undergraduate Chinese language courses in a nationwide study of Chinese courses completed by the Educational Policy Improvement Center in Oregon. She also received the Ron Walton Presentation Prize in 1998 and the Jiede Empirical Research grant in 2005 awarded by the Chinese Language Teachers Association (CLTA). In the year of 2017, she received UVa Co-create funding from the Center of Teaching Excellence to lead her students to design the course with the aim of enhancing their learning experiences. She is the author of numerous articles and three books: AP Chinese Language and Culture Teacher’s Guide, Promoting Professionalism in Teaching AP Chinese (推动专业化的AP中文教学), and The Handbook of Tasks and Rubrics for Teaching Mandarin Chinese (Volume I).