Dr Danping Wang



Dr Danping Wang is a Lecturer in Asian Studies at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She received her BA in English and MA in Chinese Linguistics from Renmin University of China, and her doctorate at the Education University of Hong Kong. She has taught Chinese as a second and foreign language at different levels in schools and universities in Beijing and Hong Kong for over 10 years. In 2014, she was granted the Teaching Excellence Award for her innovative teaching in Hong Kong. She has been the recipient for the Sino-British Fellowship to visit the University of Cambridge (2014) and the University of Oxford (2017) in the UK. She has published extensively on research topics related to Chinese language teaching and learning, Chinese language teacher education, classroom language policy, bilingual academic literacy and so on. In 2016, her research project on Chinese as a Second Language Education for Ethnic Minority Students was fully funded by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council ($654,096HK). 

Research | Current

  • Chinese as a second/foreign language
  • Autonomy in language teaching and learning
  • Language teacher education
  • Classroom discourse and language policy
  • Bilingual academic literacy 
  • Ideology in language learning materials 

Teaching | Current

CHINESE 100 Beginning Modern Chinese 1

CHINESE 201 Intermediate Modern Chinese 2

CHINESE 300 Advanced Modern Chinese 1

CHINESE 301 Advanced Modern Chinese 2

CHINESE 708 Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language 2

CHINESE 730 Directed Study (Research Essay)

ASIAN 755 Directed Study (Research Essay)

Postgraduate supervision

I welcome enquiries from postgraduate students who want to become teacher-researchers in the field of Chinese language education. I'm currently working on a few projects: (1) classroom language policy development; codeswitching and translanguaging; (2) bilingual academic literacy (English and Chinese); Chinese as academic language; (3) language, identity and ideology in Chinese language textbooks; and (4) curriculum reform and pedagogical innovation of Chinese language education.


  • Fellowship of NZ Centre at Peking University
  • Sino-British Fellowship
  • Teaching Excellence Award
  • Doctor of Education Scholarship
  • Postgraduate Students Publication Awards


  • Supervisor of MA and PhD students
  • Undergraduate Adviser

Areas of expertise

  • Chinese as a second foreign language
  • Classroom discourse and translanguaging
  • Learner autonomy
  • Academic biliteracies
  • Multilingual in education

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • President of the The International Association of Multilingual Education (IAME)
  • President of the The Hong Kong Association of Chinese Foreign Language Teacher (HKACFLT)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Zhang, C., & Wang, D. (2017). Becoming professional: Exploring identity construction of non-native CFL teachers. In T. Jin, F. Dervin (Eds.) Interculturality in Chinese language education (pp. 89-106). London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Wang, D. (2017). 香港中文二语教育的发展与挑战. 云南师范大学学报(对外汉语教学与研究版), 15 (1)10.16802/j.cnki.ynsddw.2017.01.001
  • Wang, D. (2017). Bilingual academic literacies for Chinese language teachers. In D. M. Palfreyman, C. van der Walt (Eds.) Academic biliteracies: Multilingual repertoires in higher education (pp. 160-179). Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34108
  • Moloney, R., & Wang, D. (2016). Limiting professional trajectories: a dual narrative study in Chinese language education. Asian-Pacific Journal of Second and Foreign Language Education, 1 (1)10.1186/s40862-016-0007-6
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33367
  • Wang, D. (2016). Fostering effective CFL education through autonomous learning: Learners’ perspectives. In R. Moloney, H. L. Xu (Eds.) Exploring innovative pedagogy in the teaching and learning of Chinese as a foreign language (pp. 61-76). Singapore: Springer. 10.1007/978-981-287-772-7_4
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33611
  • Wang, D. (2016). Medium-of-instruction policy and practices in CSL classrooms. In J. Ruan, J. Zhang, C. Leung (Eds.) Chinese language education in the United States (pp. 83-96). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. 10.1007/978-3-319-21308-8_5
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33617
  • Wang, D. (2016). Learning or becoming: Ideology and national identity in textbooks for international learners of Chinese. Cogent Education, 3 (1)10.1080/2331186X.2016.1140361
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33373
  • Wang, D. (2016). From English-Only to Multilingualism: English in the Language Policy of the United States. International Journal of English Language Teaching, 3 (1).10.5430/ijelt.v3n1p32
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33376


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Office hours

February - June 2018

2 pm - 4 pm Mondays

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