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  • Zhiyin Renee Dong, Assistant Professor of Chinese

    Assistant Professor of Chinese
    University of Delaware
    114 Jastak Burgess Hall
    Newark, DE 19716


    Professor Zhiyin Renee Dong has been a faculty member of the Chinese Language program at the Department of Foreign languages and literatures since 2002. She has extensive background in teaching Chinese as a foreign language, second language acquisition and pedagogy, neuro-psycholinguistics and Chinese linguistics. Since 2009, Professor Dong has been one of the lead instructors for the StarTalk Delaware Lighthouse Chinese Teacher Training Program, co-sponsored by the Cape Henlopen School District, Delaware Department of Education and the University of Delaware. This teacher training program is funded and under the direct leadership of the StarTalk project, a National Security Language Initiative exemplifying the highest standards and best practices in teacher training and learning of world languages. With her MBA training and corporation experiences in both U.S and China, Professor Dong also specializes in teaching business Chinese and is frequent speaker to MBA classes and local business community. The courses Professor Dong teaches at UD include various levels of Chinese language courses, Methods of Teaching Chinese and courses in Contemporary Chinese Society and Cultures.

    Professor Dong’s main research interests are in the field of experimental psycholinguistics with a focus on adult second language processing and acquisition. Using various experimental methods including the Event Related Potentials (ERP) and Self-paced Reading (SPR), she studies how second language learners use target language grammatical rules in real time. Her latest work examines the brain responses of advanced second language speakers as they process complex sentence structures and morphology. In addition, she conducts research in the syntax and the acquisition of Mandarin Chinese.

    A native Chinese, Professor Dong obtained her B.A. in Chinese language and literature from the University of International Relations in Beijing, China, her Master of Business Administration from the Auburn University in Alabama, and her Master and Ph.D of Linguistics from the University of Delaware.


    Ph.D., Linguistics, University of Delaware

    M.A., Auburn University

    B.A., University of International Relations, Beijing, China

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  • Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures
  • Jastak-Burgess Hall
  • University of Delaware
  • 30 East Main St.
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-2591