Zheng-sheng Zhang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor/Program Advisor
Professor Zhang received his Ph.D in 1988 from Ohio State University, where he was trained in theoretical linguistics. He joined the Chinese program in the fall of 1990. His research interests include linguistic structure of the Chinese language, Chinese language pedagogy and computer-aided language instruction. Since his arrival, he has been actively involved in curriculum development and with the Language Acquisition Resource Center. In addition to teaching general language courses, he also teaches the upper division special purpose courses such as Aspects of the Chinese Language, Business Chinese and Newspaper Chinese.
Ruey-Jiuan Regina Wu, Ph.D.
Professor Ruey-Jiuan Regina Wu received a Master’s degree in TESOL from the University of Washington, and a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from UCLA. Prior to joining SDSU in 1999, Professor Wu taught English in Taiwan and Mandarin Chinese at UCLA and the University of Washington. Professor Wu’s research centers on naturalistic study of language use. Her research interests include conversation analysis, pragmatics, functional linguistics, language typologies, language assessment, language pedagogy, and teaching methodologies. Her recent book, Stance in Talk: A conversation analysis of Mandarin final particles(2004, John Benjamins), explores how participants in Mandarin conversation display stance in the unfolding development of action and interaction through the use of two Mandarin final particles, and is one of the pioneering CA studies of Mandarin Chinese.