Dr. Ye Tian

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Lecturer, Chinese Language Program
Contact Information
Office Address: 
703 Williams Hall
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Brief Biography: 

Ye Tian came to Penn in 2016 as a lecturer. Previously, he taught Chinese for seven years at Harvard University where he was awarded the Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching every semester. He also taught eight summers between 2005 and 2013 at the renowned Harvard Beijing Academy (HBA), and one summer at the Chinese Language Summer School at Middlebury College in 2014. He served as the coordinator of the Summer Intensive Chinese Language Program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS) in 2015. Ye Tian was also a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of East Asian Studies at Bucknell University from 2015 to 2016.

Ye Tian earned his Bachelor’s degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language and a Master’s degree in Chinese Philology from Beijing Language and Culture University in China. With a Ph.D. in Education, Society and Culture from University of California, Riverside, his research is centered on Chinese language education, with an interest in Register Pedagogy, and a focus on investigating Chinese language education through sociocultural and historical frameworks and methodologies. Ye Tian is the co-author of "Hundred Years of China” (Liu, Tian & Wang, in field testing at Harvard University) and “Academic Chinese” (Liu & Tian, in field testing at Harvard University).


Selected Publications: 

Tian, Y. (2017). ‘Sorry, but they don’t want Chinese Americans to participate’: A case study of tracking in an Ivy League Chinese language programme. International Journal of Multilingualism, 14(4), 437-462.