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Dr. Miao-fen Tseng

Director and Key Trainer

Dr. Miao-fen Tseng (曾妙芬)


Dr. Tseng is the director of the Institute of World Languages and an associate professor of Chinese in the Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Virginia (UVa). Since 2008, she has served as the director of the Virginia STARTALK Chinese Teacher Academy in partnership with the Virginia STARTALK Chinese Student Academy at UVa. She has also actively played different roles in the development of AP Chinese since 2004, including, but not limited to, AP Chinese consultant and academic advisor for AP Chinese and Japanese course audit. Numerous K-12 and heritage school teachers have benefited from her professional experience and obtained TCFL certificates or graduate-level credits to launch and advance their careers through different types of professional development events and programs in the US and abroad. As a passionate and visionary Chinese language educator, she has actively promoted Chinese language and culture nationally and internationally and is the founder and president of the Chinese Language Teachers Association of Virginia (2009-2013) and a member of the CLTA Board of Directors. Her Intermediate Chinese course 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). She is also 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 for Tasks and Rubrics for Teaching Mandarin Chinese (to be released in 2014).