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Department of Modern Languages

The University of Mississippi

Zhini Zeng, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chinese

OfficeCroft 215
Phone: 662-915-5042

Ph.D. in Chinese Language Pedagogy, The Ohio State University (2015)
M.A. in Chinese Language Pedagogy, The Ohio State University (2011)
B.A. in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, Shanghai International Studies University (2009)

Teaching and Research Interests:
Language Pedagogy, Applied Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Discourse Analysis

Courses Taught:
CHIN 201: Intermediate Chinese I
CHIN 313: Media Chinese I: Newspaper and Internet
CHIN 314: Media Chinese II: Broadcast News
CHIN 402: Advanced Chinese
CHIN 417: Intro to Modern Chinese Literature (Chuncao 春草)
CHIN 418: Directed Readings in Academic Chinese (Classical Chinese)
CHIN 512: 21st Century China (中国社会的人情、面子与关系)
CHIN 513: China and the World

Recent Publications:


Jian, Xiaobin, Xin Zhang and Zhini Zeng. Perform Guangzhou (体演广州). Foreign Language Publications, Columbus, Ohio, and Qingdao Publishing House, Qingdao, China, 2019.

Zeng, Zhini. 体演春草:高级汉语视听说教程 (Perform Chun Cao: A Multimedia Advanced Chinese Course). Foreign Language Publications, Columbus, Ohio, and Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press, Beijing, China, 2019.


Zeng, Zhini. “中文社交答网社区中的情境学:以知乎’ (Situated Learning in a Chinese Question-and-Answer Online Community: The Case of Zhihu.” The Journal of Chinese as a Second Language, 53(3) 2018, 222-261.

Zeng, Zhini and Ying Liu. “Rhetorical Awareness in Foreign Language Writing: An Advanced-level Japanese Case Study.” Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages, 25, 133-175, 2019.

Zeng, Zhini. 2018. “Beyond Advanced Proficiency: Using Portfolio Assessment to Evaluate Expertise in Communicating in Chinese as a Foreign Language.” Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages, 24 (2018), 1-42.

Zeng, Zhini. “Striving for the Third Space: An American Professional’s Unconventional Language Use in Chinese Workplace.” Foreign Language Annals, 51 (2018): 658-683.

Professional Activities:
Certified ACTFL OPI Tester of Mandarin Chinese

Awards and Honors:
NFMLTA/NCOLCTL Research Award (2015)
Cheng & Tsui Professional Development Award for Teachers of Chinese, Chinese Language Teachers Association (2012)

Chinese Language Flagship Program