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.

 

 

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.

 

 

Yan Song (Ryan)

Senior Mandarin Teacher

Song.yan@hull.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1482 462197

Yan Song, taught in Foreign Languages College, Tianjin Normal University as a tutor for over nine years before moving to the Confucius Institute at the University of Hull in 2019. He then worked as a Mandarin Teacher on the Chinese Grammar course and Aural & Oral course for undergraduates. 

His research interests broadly relate to linguistics and translation practice. More specifically he is interested in English-Chinese Translation and the Classical Chinese Literature translation evaluation.

 

 

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.