Miao-fen Tseng
Ph.D. in Second Language Education and Teacher Education University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1999
A Handbook of Tasks and Rubrics for Teaching Mandarin Chinese - (I) A Handbook of Tasks and Rubrics for Teaching Mandarin Chinese - (II) A Handbook of Tasks and Rubrics for Teaching Mandarin Chinese - (III) 2020
four books for Authentic Chinese
Authentic Chinese (I) 真实中文第一册: Textbook, Workbook, Task Workbook, and Character Workbook. Phoenix Tree Publishing Inc. 2023
Teaching Chinese Online Book Cover
Teach Chinese Online: An Essential Guide. Phoenix Tree Publishing Inc. 2021.

News on Open Educational Resources


Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Time: 7:00-8:30PM (Eastern time in the US)
ZOOM: 38026928
Video Recording:https://uva.theopenscholar.com/miao-fen-tseng/teaching-resources

Topic: Open educational resources: navigating the OER Pressbooks platform for free downloads
Presenter: Miao-fen Tseng (Daniels Family NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor, Director of the Institute of World Languages, University of Virginia)
Moderator: Ran Zhao (Associate Professor, General Faculty, Director of the Chinese Language Program, University of Virginia)

Following the completion of the NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) talk series in fall 2022, the four recorded videos are now accessible on YouTube. In this presentation, the presenter will review the essentials for creating the technology-mediated task-based course and demonstrate how teachers and students can navigate and interact with the OER platform and download materials. Units on Siheyuan and Chinese cuisine are highlighted and seamlessly connected with pre-tasks, core-tasks, and post-tasks to embody authenticity



Authentic Chinese is newly released in June, 2023


Authentic Chinese (Volume I) is innovative, forward-thinking, and groundbreaking. It has long been awaited by Chinese language teachers and students in the United States. The whole set of materials includes four books: 1) Textbook, 2) Workbook, 3) Task Workbook, and 4) Character Workbook. Six types of free resources are made available for teachers to save tremendous preparation time, including an interactive E-book, an interactive platform with instant scoring and feedback, teaching PPT slides, test items for assessment, Quizlet (vocabulary and sentences), and authentic materials. Offering everything that teachers and students need for a successful class, it makes learning engaging, communicative, and most essentially, authentic. With the materials at hand, teachers can prepare for each lesson at ease, walk into the classroom with full confidence, and achieve teaching objectives and goals with easy-to-use and ready-to-use materials.


Authentic Chinese stands out to be an ideal set of materials with the following eight winning features.


  1. Connect with learners’ daily life experience through a story line.
  2. Identify AP Chinese themes that embrace topics in lessons.
  3. Use exit tickets to assess learning objectives.
  4. Visualize a real China through a wide array of authentic materials.
  5. Strengthen reading through Reading Ladders.
  6. Consolidate character learning through Character Morsels and Challenge.
  7. Deepen understanding of China in Culture Corner.
  8. Complete student-centered tasks at ease.


Stay tuned for more volumes to be released soon. Please view the recorded video to learn the online presentation entitled Authentic Chinese: Teach Chinese at ease and with full confidence, given on June 8, 2023.





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