A native Chinese, Dr. Zhang completed her college and M.A program courses in China. She received a Doctorate of Education in Applied Linguistics from Columbia University in New York (1994) and also holds an M.A in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia. Before joining George Washington University, she taught Chinese at Columbia University, where she served as Director of the Chinese Program (1999-2002), and Director of the Columbia in Beijing Summer Program (1998-99). She currently directs the Chinese Language Program at GWU. She is also a certified tester of Chinese language proficiency by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Dr. Zhang?s recent research focuses on foreign language acquisition through tech-enhanced and proficiency-oriented instructional models. She is the author of David and Helen in China: An Intermediate Course in Modern Chinese (Vol. I and II) (Yale University Press 1999, 2001, 2003).