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Yinxue Zhao

Faculty member Yinxue Zhao in the classroom.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Chinese


Hall College Center

Academic Program Affiliation(s)

Languages and Literature, Chinese

Areas of Specialization

  • Chinese Studies and Historical Linguistics
  • Foreign Language Pedagogy


Research Interests: Speech chain model in cultural context; Chinese dialects and regional cultural studies; contemporary Chinese cinema and pop culture; foreign language pedagogy and second language acquisition


MA in Linguistics and Cognitive Sciences, University of Delaware
BA in Chinese Teaching as a Foreign Language, Beijing Language and Culture University

Yinxue Zhao, a scholar and writer, is certified by American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language as an Oral Proficiency Interview tester and is a scholar of China 5th and 10th Advanced Linguistics Summer Institute. In addition, she was an interpreter for CCTV4 (China Central TV) in the documentary "Across China" in 2011, where she interviewed Lester R. Brown, the president of Earth Policy Institute in Washington, D.C, on China's strategies towards sustainable development. and Sidney Rittenberg, one of the first American journalists and scholars who travelled to China during World War II, on the interface of traditional values and political reform in China. She led the Simon's Rock summer Chinese Qingdao program with Bard College in 2013 and the northern China research trip on text-based study of sacred trees in 2015. Before joining Simon's Rock, she taught at Vassar College. She has been teaching at Simon's Rock since 2011.


  • Luce Mini Grant Winner, 2015
  • Session Chair, The Use of Films/TV Shows in Language Classrooms, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages 2014 Annual Convention
  • Certified Oral Proficiency Interview Tester, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
  • "Zhuang Yuan" (Number One with highest score) of Liberal Arts in China's National College Entrance Exam, Datong City, Shanxi Province
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