Program Head, Chinese Language; Affiliated Senior Language Lecturer of Chinese
Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: BA East China Normal University, MA East China Normal University
Research Websites: I Got One - Shared Strategies for Memorizing Chinese Characters - 汉字奇思妙想
Research Areas: Chinese language pedagogy, language assessments, internet and technology-based language learning, community-engaged language learning, Chinese characters, intercultural communications
Jing Chai has been teaching at NYU Shanghai since its inaugural class, and has taught across the levels with a specialization on Intermediate and Advanced level Chinese, and has created courses at post-advanced levels, including Discovering Contemporary China Through Documentary Films, Teaching Chinese Through Children's Storybook, etc. She currently also serves as the Elementary Language Coordinator for the Chinese Language program. Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, she taught for NYU's Global Academic Center in Shanghai, and for the East Asia Languages and Literature Department at Washington and Lee University.
Jing Chai is active in the area of internet and technology-based language learning and has gained popularity among the students for her active teaching style on the integration of modern times topics into teaching through student-engaged activities and field trips. She has also created a crowd-sourced website for strategies-sharing on Chinese character learning that marks the NYUSH Chinese language program.
She is experienced in language assessments. She currently serves as the accredited OPI Tester of Mandarin for American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), accredited Grader of HSK Test for the Center for Language Education and Cooperation of MoE China, as well as the Evaluator for Critical Language Scholarship for the U.S. State Departments.