Part-Time Chinese Language Teacher
Telephone: +44 1223 3 32620
Fei's original interest was in grammar and she completed a PhD in contrastive rhetoric, comparing discourse grammar in Chinese and English expository writings.
More recently, Fei’s interest in psychology led her to focus on the learning process and the learners as well as the language. She is currently designing a dual-purpose curriculum where developing the ability to work with differences is incorporated into the language learning process.
Fei is also interested in the role of experiential learning, reflexivity and subjectivity in developing Cross Cultural Competence.
Fei teaches Mandarin Chinese at CLIC, Engineering Department, Cambridge University.
Over the past four years, Fei has been trialing the concepts behind a dual-purpose curriculum. The curriculum is rooted in language acquisition and cross-cultural studies while incorporating theories and practice from philosophy and counselling psychology. It attempts to turn abstract ideas into felt experience in order to facilitate behavioural change.
The curriculum aims to fulfil two purposes. One is to continue improving language proficiency and cultural knowledge; the other is to introduce the concepts of reflexivity and subjectivity during the language learning process. The aim is to enable learners to develop an awareness of themselves and others hence building the capability to work with differences.
Fei is an experienced teacher and trainer of Chinese language and culture. A native of Beijing, she started her teaching career in the Department of East Asian Studies at SOAS, London University in 1991. She has taught in the UK, Hong Kong and Beijing and worked for twenty years as Principal Examiner for Chinese at Cambridge Assessment.
She brings interdisciplinary and cross-sectional experience having worked in a number of institutions including SOAS London University, Chinese International School Hong Kong, European Business School London and Westminster School in London. Fei returned to live and work in Beijing between 2011 and 2014 before coming to Cambridge.
Apart from teaching part-time in Cambridge University, Fei also works as a counsellor in a low-cost therapy centre and in private practice.
Education: BA(Beijing), MA(London), PhD(London), PG Diploma in Integrative Counselling(The Minster Centre, London)
Publication: Zhang, G., Li, L., & Gao, F. (2007) Chinese in Steps Book 3 London: Cypress Books
Department role and responsibilities
Part-time Chinese teacher