Dr Danping Wang

EdD (EdUHK); MA (Renmin); BA (Renmin)


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 approach 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, teacher development, language policy, bilingual education and bilingualism. 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
  • Teacher education
  • Language policy
  • Bilingual education

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)

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.


  • 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
  • Teacher education
  • Language policy
  • Bilingual 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., Moloney, R., & Li, Z. (2013). Towards Internationalising the Curriculum: A Case Study of Chinese Language Teacher Education Programs in China and Australia. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 38 (9), 116-135. 10.14221/ajte.2013v38n9.8
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33380


Contact details

Office hours

July - November 2017

3pm - 5pm Tuesdays

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