Phyllis Ni Zhang

Phyllis Ni Zhang

Associate Professor of Chinese and International Affairs, Director of Chinese Language
Address: Rome Hall
Phone: 202-994-5051

Areas of Expertise

Second language acquisition; Chinese linguistics


A native Chinese, Dr. Zhang holds a Doctorate  in Applied Linguistics from Columbia University in New York (1994). Before joining GW, she taught Chinese at Columbia (1986-2004), where she served as Director of the Chinese Program (1999-2002), and Director of the Columbia in Beijing Summer Program (1998-99). Since 2004 Dr. Zhang has been teaching and directing the Chinese Language Program at GWU. Her recent research focuses on second language acquisition through tech-enhanced and proficiency-oriented language instruction.  Dr. Zhang is also a certified tester of Chinese language proficiency by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). She won several awards including a Tuttle Asian Language Publication Grant (2004), a GW Bender Teaching Award (2007), and an Innovative Multimedia Materials Award (2008). She currently serves on the board of Chinese Language Teachers Association, U.S. (CLTA), and on the Standing Committee of Technology and Chinese Language Teaching (TCLT). Since 2010 she has also been the editor for technology and pedagogy for Journal of TCLT.


Doctor of Education, Columbia University


Ni-Wo-Ta: An Introductory Course in Modern Chinese (Cengage Learning, Forthcoming in 2014)

Developing Chinese Fluency (Cengage Learning, 2009/2010).

David and Helen in China: An Intermediate Course in Modern Chinese (Yale University Press 1999-2003)

Video Segments for Intermediate-Advanced Learners

David and Helen in ChinaDeveloping Chinese FluencyDeveloping Chinese Fluency

Classes Taught

CHIN 1 Beginning Chinese I
CHIN 2 Beginning Chinese II
CHIN 3105 Advanced Chinese I
CHIN 3106 Advanced Chinese II
CHIN 4121W Advanced Chinese Conversation and Composition I
CHIN 4122W Advanced Chinese Conversation and Composition II
CHIN 4119W Business Chinese
CHIN 4186W Directed Reading