Chinese Language Flagship Program

Creating Global Professionals

60 Upper College Road Swan Hall 178, Kingston, RI 02881


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Wayne Wenchao He (何文潮)

  • Program Director
  • Chinese Language Flagship Program
  • Phone: 401.874.4708
  • Fax: 401.874.4694
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  • Mailing Address: Swan Hall 132
    Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures
    60 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881


Wayne Wenchao He is Associate Professor of Chinese and Director of the URI Chinese Language Flagship Program and of the Confucius Institute at URI. Dr. He joined The University of Rhode Island in summer 2010. He received his doctoral degree in second language acquisition from Clark University.

Dr. He taught most recently at NYU and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. In his 12 years of teaching at NYU, he was coordinator of the Chinese program and opened 8 new courses, in addition to holding various teaching assignments. In collaboration with his colleagues at NYU, Dr. He created the Computer Chinese approach to accelerate the process of learning Chinese. He is now carrying on a research project on the results of this innovative approach. Dr. He set up the NYU in Nanjing program in 2000, and was appointed Director of the program for 6 years. He also worked with his colleagues to set up the first HSK test center in the New York area. At West Point, he taught Chinese courses at all levels and was appointed Course Director for most courses that he taught. He was Officer in Charge for five language and culture immersion programs to China.

Dr. He is the founding President of the Chinese Language Teachers Association of Greater New York and in 2010 was elected president again. He has actively participated in the organization of the annual International Conference on Chinese Pedagogy for the last decade and co-chaired the 2002 and 2008 conferences. The conference is held in China every summer, and attracts hundreds of Chinese language teachers and scholars from China and around the world, establishing a model for international cooperation. Dr. He is an advisor to the Journal of Language and Culture Monthly, co-chief-editor of the Journal of Chinese Language Teaching and Research in the U.S. He is the first author of the six-book series, Chinese for Tomorrow, which was published by Cheng & Tsui Company in 2008. In more than twenty years, he has presented at various academic conferences and published a dozen books and many more academic papers. He is now engaged in a project of writing a book about structures of Mandarin Chinese for speakers of English. His research interests include using technology in Chinese language instruction, Chinese pedagogy, Chinese grammar, second language acquisition, and pragmatics.


PhD, Second Language Acquisition, Clark University

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