Chinese Flagship Faculty & Staff

Dr. Chao is Professor and head of the Chinese Division at Hunter College as well as Principal Investigator and Director for the Chinese Flagship Center project at Hunter College. She has a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from New York University.  Since 1981 she has taught Chinese and directed language programs for various institutions, including Princeton University, Connecticut College, Oberlin College, and Rutgers University. 

Dr. Chao served on the Board of Directors of the Chinese Language Teachers Association from 1994 to 1998 and was re-elected in 2009. She was also the advisory committee member for two New York State Department of Education foreign language teacher certification examinations and was the reviewer for the SAT II test in 1999 and 2000. Dr. Chao is a co-founder of the ACC (Associated Colleges in China) study abroad program in Beijing.

Dr. Chao has compiled and/or written several textbooks for elementary, intermediate and advanced-level Chinese courses. She won a grant in the International Research Studies program of the U.S. Department of Education in 2001, which led to her pioneering teaching approach and web-based instructional materials to help students overcome difficulties with learning Chinese characters and achieving literacy. Dr. Chao frequently serves as a consultant for curriculum and professional development at various institutions.

Since 2007, Dr. Chao has continually won the STARTALK funding award to offer Chinese language and culture instruction to secondary school students and to train pre-service and in-service teachers. In 2008, she designed the M.A. in the Teaching of Chinese program, one of the few degree and certification programs in the country. Over the years Dr. Chao has also designed various web-based, multimedia materials for students to learn Chinese. She led her teams in programming, Flash design, and teaching to pilot an online course management system, Chinese For All, which offers Chinese language instruction and teacher training with synchronous communications with Flash media features and social networking tools. Besides the use of electronic forums for Chinese language learning, Dr. Chao’s research interests include second language acquisition, teacher education, and the history of Chinese language instruction in the United States.

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