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.
Ruey-Jiuan Regina Wu is Professor of Chinese and Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics and Asian/Middle Eastern Languages at San Diego State University. She 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 has taught at UCLA and the University of Washington. She has served, by invitation, as the external evaluator for the 2005 Chinese Summer Institute on Pragmatics in the Chinese as a Foreign Language Classroom, jointly sponsored by the East Asian National Research Center and the National Foreign Language Research Center of the University of Hawaii-Manoa. She has also participated in several language testing projects, including the co-development of a nation-wide preparation test for the SAT-II Chinese Language Test, and has also been involved in projects related to K-12 Chinese language education and teacher-training in the San Diego area.
Professor Wu’s research centers on the naturalistic study of language use. Her research interests include conversation analysis, pragmatics, functional linguistics, and language assessment. Her 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 conversation analytic studies of Mandarin Chinese.