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Dr. Nielson

Katharine B. Nielson

Dr. Nielson leads a team of curriculum specialists, data analysts, and research associates to develop test items, curate language learning content, develop curricula, and run empirical studies at Voxy, an educational technology company focused on teaching English to non-native speakers.  Prior to this, she investigated the efficacy of technology-mediated language training at the University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language and served as the Academic Director of Foreign Languages at University of Maryland, University College. She has published and lectured on autonomous language learning, task-based language teaching, computer-assisted language learning, principles of instructional design, and language training product evaluation.


Kueilan Chen

Kueilan Chen received her doctorate in linguistics at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. For more than 10 years, she has studied group cognition and the impact of Web 2.0 tools in online and offline learning environments. Chen has held a number of positions within the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC), including faculty e-certification course developer, GLOSS master developer, and OPI tester. As the Director of Group Cognition Projects, she oversaw the creation of the virtual faculty development program. Chen has over 30 years of experience teaching at academic institutions on both sides of the Pacific. She is currently an associate professor at DLIFLC.


Marisa Fang

Marisa Fang received her B.S. degree of Spanish in Taiwan and M.S. degree of TESOL in New York. Currently she serves as a board director of Chinese Language Teachers Association of Greater New York and Guest Teachers Advisor to the College Board. Having taught Chinese/ESL for more than 20 years, she has become an active educator, lecturer and teacher trainer. Marisa is a co-author of Chinese Treasure Chest (中文百宝箱), Chinese123 - I Sing Along, Flying with Chinese 向中文 (a series of Chinese textbooks K-6), Chinese Culture for Children and others.


Pat Wen-Tsui Lo

Pat Wen-Tsui Lo is a ESL/bilingual and foreign language program consultant with 28 years of experiences in teaching, curriculum planning, instruction, and grant implementation with the New York City K-12 public schools. She taught Chinese and ESL and oversaw city-wide foreign language programs prior to her retirement. Currently, she serves avs a consultant to the National Foreign Language Center STARTALK Programs and an advisor to Chinese language immersion programs of College Board Chinese Language and Culture Initiative. She is an adjunct professor at the City University of New York and New York University.


Ping Xu

Professor Ping Xu received his MA degree in Literary Theory from Nanjing University, China, and MA in Philosophy and PhD in Comparative Literature from State University of New York at Binghamton, NY. He has taught Chinese language, literature, and culture courses at Hunter College and Baruch College since 1998. He has obtained a research grant from the Federal Government on the use of technology in the instruction of Chinese language. And he has been an ACTFL OPI tester with full certification in Mandarin Chinese since 2005.