Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures

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

languagesdepartment@etal.uri.edu401.874.5911 (p); 401.874.4694 (f)

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Wayne Wenchao He

  • Professor of Chinese (Section Head)
  • Swan Hall 132 - Office Hours: MW 1-2pm, by appointment
  • Phone: 401.874.4708
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Dr. Wayne Wenchao HE is Professor of Chinese, Director of The Chinese Language Flagship Program and Director of Confucius Institute at the University of Rhode Island. He is successfully leading and directing the URI Chinese Language Flagship Program by implementing proficiency-based teaching and assessment. Under his leadership, the URI Confucius Institute became Chinese language teaching focused, promoting Chinese language and culture education, and faculty professional development. Before he joined the University of Rhode Island, he taught at NYU and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He received his doctoral degree in second language acquisition at Clark University in 1998. Dr. He is elected to the Board of Directors of CLTA-USA in 2014. He is the founding President of the New England Chinese Language Teachers Association (2012), and the founding President of the Chinese Language Teachers Association of Greater New York (2002) and was re-elected President in 2010-2012. He is experienced in leading study abroad programs and intensive Chinese programs at NYU, West Point as well as URI. He remains active in promoting teaching Chinese language and culture locally, in the US and internationally for over 20 years. His most recent publications include a Chinese grammar book series published by Peking University Press in 2010 and 2012, Structures of Mandarin Chinese for Speakers of English I & II, The Essential Chinese Language Teaching Sourcebook 《中文教学指南》,for Chinese teachers by ChinaSprout in 2009, and completion of Six volumes textbook series, Chinese for Tomorrow, which was published by Cheng & Tsui Company in 2007 and 2008. In addition, he is Chief Editors of one conference proceedings, Co-Editor of two conference proceedings in 2007, 2012 and 2014. He is the Chief Editor of the special Flagship issue of the Journal of Chinese Teaching & Research in the US in 2012. He has published dozens of scholastic papers. His research interests include using technology in Chinese language instruction, Chinese pedagogy, Chinese grammar, second language acquisition, discourse analysis and pragmatics.

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