Meet our Team

Marina Mozzon-McPherson

Professor Marina Mozzon-McPherson

Director

M.Mozzon-Mcpherson@hull.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1482 465837

Whilst Head of the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures (2010-14), Marina established the successful Chinese Studies degree, and played a leading role in establishing the Confucius Institute by forging links with Tianjin Normal University.

A passionate linguist and innovative language teacher, and applied linguistics scholar, she has been promoting and developing the study of languages in secondary and higher education. She has introduced Chinese and China-related cultural events into schools as part of her leadership of the Routes Into Languages programme for Yorkshire and Humberside. She has been instrumental in developing close and working partnerships between local schools and colleges and Chinese universities.

Her research into innovative pedagogies is at the heart of the work of the Confucius Institute at the University of Hull.

 

Professor Li Sumin

Co-director

Sumin.Li@hull.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1482 462196

Professor Li Sumin has a PhD in Education, and is the former Dean of the Faculty of Education at Tianjin Normal University, China. Her main teaching and research fields are in comparative higher education, and the history of foreign education and higher education. She has published several books, and over sixty academic papers.

She is currently on secondment to the Confucius Institute at the University of Hull, and will be looking at innovative ways to enhance the teaching of Chinese language to the CI’s wide range of students – from local school children through to those from the wider community.

 

Martha Chan

Martha Chan

Communications Officer and Administrator

M.Chan@hull.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1482 462197

Martha worked as a journalist and editor for major newspapers and magazines in Hong Kong, and continued working as a bi-lingual freelance writer after moving to Hull. She has spent most of her adult life travelling around the world, interviewing people, and telling their stories through words and photographs.

Martha manages the institute’s external and internal communications work, and provides the day-to-day running and support to the Confucius Institute and its multi-national team. Through project managing a variety of cultural and language events, she gets to meet people from all walks of life, which she enjoys.

“My years as a journalist allowed me to visit many countries and experience different cultures. I hope to use these experiences and my journalist skills to promote a wider understanding of Chinese language and culture to people across the region.”

 

Yu Hongshan

Senior Mandarin Teacher

H.Yu@hull.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1482 462197

Hongshan has worked at Tianjin Normal University, China as a Mandarin teacher since 2008. She worked both as a teacher to teach Chinese as a foreign language to international students and also an administrator in the Foreign Affairs Office. She has rich experiences in teaching Chinese as well as intercultural communication.

Hongshan has won the “Excellent Young Teaching Staff Award of International Students Education in Tianjin” by Tianjin High Education Association, International Students Education Branch. She believes that language is an important part of culture and language learning can be improved through different kinds of cultural activities.

 

Zheng Zening (Vivien)

Senior Mandarin Teacher

Z.Zheng@hull.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1482 462197

Vivien graduated from Harbin Normal University with BA and MA. She currently works at Harbin Institute of Petroleum. She teaches courses in College English and Basic English Grammar. Besides the teaching work, she also undertakes some administrative work as the Director of Teaching and Research Office in the Foreign Language Department.

Now, Vivien is a qualified mandarin teacher in Confucius Institute at University of Hull. She works mainly in the Department of Chinese Studies; HSK and scholarship liaison with Chinese Studies students. She also gives specialist lectures and programmes in the Confucius Institute.

 

Wang Zhiling (Cathy)

Senior Mandarin Teacher

Zhiling.Wang@hull.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1482 462197

Cathy graduated from Tianjin Foreign Studies University with a BA, and then Tianjin Normal University with her MA. She now works at Tianjin Normal University teaching English Listening and Children’s Second Language Acquisition, in the Primary Education College of Tianjin Normal University. She has worked as a tutor in primary schools and as a mentor for her students’ internships.

Cathy is now a qualified mandarin teacher in Confucius Institute at University of Hull teaching Chinese Listening and Speaking and Chinese course in Confucius Institute. She manages the Teaching Team and co-ordinates all in-house teaching of CI programmes.

 

Wang Qian (Debby)

Mandarin Teacher

Q.Wang2@hull.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1482 466554

Debby has a master degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language and a bachelor degree in Law. She also holds the Teacher’s Qualification Certificate in China and the Certificate for Teachers of Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages.

Debby believes in the Confucian saying “To accelerate each other between teaching and studying”. She is hoping to build a bridge of friendship between western and Chinese culture with her knowledge and patience.

 

Yao Yongling (Leonora)

Mandarin Teacher

Yongling.Yao@hull.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1482 466554

Leonora is studying in Tianjin Normal University for her master degree, majoring in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages. She holds the Teacher’s Qualification Certificate in China and the Certificate for Teachers of Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages.

During her spare time, Leonora likes running, reading and watching films. She is also good at Chinese calligraphy.

She believes “Study hard and never feel contented, and never be tired of teaching others”, and she is enjoying teaching Chinese in Hull.

 

Yan Shujuan (Ann)

Mandarin Teacher

S.Yan@hull.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1482 466554

Ann is studying at Tianjin Normal University for her master degree, majoring in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages. She also studied this major for her undergraduate studies.

She is good at Chinese calligraphy.  She holds the Teacher’s Qualification Certificate in China and The Certificate for Teachers of Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages.

Ann is very easy to get along with. She likes travelling in her spare times, because there is an old saying in China “Walk ten thousand miles, read ten thousand books.”

She is enjoying teaching language.” Language is a mirror on life and a good way to examine culture and history”.

 

Jiang Yujie (Shirley)

Mandarin Teacher

Yujie.Jiang@hull.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1482 466554

Shirley is a graduate student from Tianjin Normal University, China. Her major, Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages, has helped her skills in teaching Chinese.

In her leisure time, Shirley likes singing, reading, dubbing and playing games. She can also perform Chinese shadow puppets, which is a kind of traditional Chinese opera. And she is a big fan of Harry Potter and Sherlock Holmes.

Shirley is very out-going. Her motto is “Do what I say, say what I do”.  She sincerely hopes that with her help there can be more and more people who will like China, Chinese and Chinese culture.

 

Yao Yuxiao (Tammy)

Mandarin Teacher

y.yao@hull.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1482 466554

Tammy is studying for her masters in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages at Beijing Normal University. She also holds the Certificate for Teachers of Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages. She likes Chinese painting, one of her works was selected for the Henan Traditional Chinese Painting Exhibition.

“A teacher is like an actor, and needs to play their role according to the plot.” She likes the charm of different cultures. She also hopes to make the world feel the beauty of Chinese through her “performance”.

 

Zheng Yixuan (Allison)

Mandarin Teacher

Yixuan.Zheng@hull.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1482 466554

Allison is studying for her master degree in Teaching Chinese as a second language at Beijing Normal University. She holds the Teacher’s Qualification Certificate in China. She is interested in applied linguistics, classroom teaching methods and intercultural communication. She likes Chinese Kungfu and Chinese calligraphy.

Allison thinks education is a tree shaking another tree. She is enjoying her time in Hull, and is working to make more people fall in love with China and its culture.