Phyllis N. Zhang

Associate Professor of Chinese and International Affairs
Room 463 Rome Hall
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

Second language acquisition; Chinese proficiency assessment; Chinese linguistics

A native Chinese speaker, Dr. Zhang holds a Doctorate of Education in Applied Linguistics (1994) from Columbia University in New York. Before joining GW, she taught Chinese at Columbia (1986-2004), where she served as Director of the Chinese Program (1999-2002), and Director of the Columbia in Beijing Summer Program (1998-99). Since 2004 Dr. Zhang has been teaching Chinese and directing the Chinese Language Program at GWU. Her recent research focuses on second language acquisition through tech-enhanced and proficiency-oriented language instruction. She has authored David and Helen in China: An Intermediate Course in Modern Chinese (Yale University Press 1999-2003) and Developing Chinese Fluency (Cengage Learning, 2009).

Dr. Zhang is also a certified tester of Chinese language proficiency by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). She was the recipient of the Tuttle Publishing Language Award (2004) and Innovative Multimedia Materials Award, the 9th International Conference on Chinese Language Teaching (2008).


Ed.D., Columbia University