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
  • Multilingualism and translanguaging in second language education 
  • Learner autonomy in language teaching and learning
  • Bilingual academic literacy 
  • Ideology in language learning materials 
  • Language teacher education 

Teaching | Current

ASIAN 755 Directed Study (Research Essay)

CHINESE 100 Beginning Modern Chinese 1

CHINESE 100G Beginning Modern Chinese 1

CHINESE 130 Rethinking China 

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)

CHINESE 740 Chinese Teaching Pedagogy

CHINESE 741 Aquisition of Chinese 

CHINESE 742 Professional Learning for Chinese Teachers 

CHINESE 780 Dissertation (MA)

Postgraduate supervision

I welcome enquiries from research students who are committed to becoming teacher-researchers in the field of Chinese language education. I'm currently working on a few funded research projects:

  1. Classroom discourse and translanguaging
  2. Academic biliteracy in higher education; Chinese as academic language
  3. Language, identity and ideology in Chinese language textbooks
  4. Curriculum reform and pedagogical innovation of Chinese language education

PhD theses under supervision

  • Language Education, ideologies and national identity in Chinese language textbooks published in Mainland China and Hong Kong: A corpus-based critical discourse analysis
  • Motivation, beliefs and achievements: Chinese heritage learners in New Zealand Universities
  • Blend in the West: Localization of textbooks for Chinese heritage language learners in New Zealand 


  • 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)

  • Wang, D. (2018). Chinese as a second language in Asian schools. In K. J. Kennedy, Z. Li (Eds.) Routledge international handbook of schools and schooling in Asia (pp. 502-509). Related URL.
  • Wang, D. (2018). 教育学视角下的汉语作为第二语言教学研究 = Research on Chinese as a second language from the perspective of pedagogy. 国际汉语教育 = International Chinese Language Education, 2018 (1), 21-28. Related URL.
  • Wang, D. (2018). Motivating Students to Talk: TED Conference in University-Based Chinese Language Classrooms. 汉语教学方法与技术 = Chinese Language Teaching Methodology and Technology, 1 (4). Related URL.
  • 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


Contact details

Office hours

July - October 2018

4 pm - 6 pm Mondays

Primary office location

ARTS 2 - Bldg 207
Level 4, Room 422
New Zealand

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