Miao-fen Tseng 曾妙芬

Daniels Family NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor and Inaugural Director of the Institute of World Languages, General Faculty



Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition & Teacher Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1999)

MA in Teaching English as an International Language, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1995)


Research interest and specialization

Second language acquisition, Chinese language pedagogy, teacher development, task-based language teaching, online language teaching and learning



Tseng has served on numerous national and international committees and played multi-faceted influential roles in advocating Chinese language initiatives, including, but are not limited to, Director of UVA STARTALK Teacher/Student Academy, Founder and President of the Chinese Language Teachers Association of Virginia (CLTA-VA), member of the CLTA Board of Directors, member of STARTALK Task Force, College Board consultant in AP Chinese, Academic Advisor and Senior Reviewer for AP Chinese Audit, and Evaluator of K-16 Chinese language programs and teacher preparation programs. She has frequently given talks and workshops on Chinese language pedagogy and taught graduate-level courses under the auspices of various collaborative initiatives and professional development programs in the US and globally. Many K-16 Chinese language educators and graduate students have greatly benefitted from her professional experience and aspired to be regional and global leaders. She has received many accolades in recognition of her contribution to Chinese language education, among them the Albert Nelson Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award (2019), the STARTALK Award (2008-2019), the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Taipei (2018), the Jefferson Trust Award (2018), the Helen Warriner-Burke FLAVA Distinguished Service Award (2016), and the Jiede Empirical Research grant (2015) & Ron Walton Presentation Award (1998) by CLTA. In recent years, she has actively established global partnerships for online learning and promoted technology, virtual reality, and community-based experiential learning for F2F and online language teaching and learning.



Teach Chinese Online (co-authored with Yan Gao). Forthcoming.

The Handbook of Tasks and Rubrics for Teaching Mandarin Chinese (Volume I, II, III).

Phoenix Tree Publishing Inc. 2014, 2019, 2020.

AP Chinese Language and Culture Teacher’s Guide.  College Board.  2007.       

推动专业化的AP中文教学:大学二年级中文教学成功模式之探讨与应用 (Promoting professionalism in teaching AP Chinese: an introduction of a successful model in teaching second year Chinese at the college level). Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press, 2007.


Selected Book chapters & Papers 

中文线上课堂有效结合科技工具以强化互动之报告 (Enhancing interaction through the effective incorporation of technology tools for a virtual Chinese language classroom), co-authored with Yan Gao & Luoyi Cai, Journal of Technology and Chinese Language Teaching, p. 91-113. 2019.

Creating a task-based language course in Mandarin Chinese. In Chris Shei, Monica Zikpi, and Der-Lin Chao (eds.): The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Language Teaching, p. 118-133. 2019.

An immersive flipped classroom for learning Mandarin Chinese: design, implementation, and outcomes, co-authored with Chin-his Lin, & Henny Chen, Journal of computer-Assisted Language Learning. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09588221.2018.1440603. 2018

台美兩地華語教師之任務型教學認知理解與推動現況研究(Chinese language teachers’ perceptions and implementation of task-based language teaching in Taiwan and the US), co-authored with Chen-cheng Chun, 臺灣華語教學研究 (Taiwan Journal of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language), p. 19-52. 2018

Chinese language teachers’ perceptions of tasks and task-based language teaching, Journal of National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages, p. 29-65. 2017.

The Development of Skills Required for Online Chinese Language Teaching, in Journal of Technology and Chinese Language Teaching, 8(1), 36-55. 2017.

“An investigation of the design of a four-stage flipped classroom in Mandarin Chinese,” co-authored with Maan Broadstock, and Henny Chen, Journal of Technology and Chinese Language Teaching 7(1), 15-42, 2016.