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Name: Jie  Zhang
Institution: Pennsylvania State University
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State and/or Country: PA
Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Specialty: EFL and ESL learning and teaching
Subject Language(s): English
Selected Publications: Zhang, J., & Li, X. L. (2005 supplement). An experimental report of the teaching model based on multimedia overhead projector. Journal of University of Science and Technology Beijing, 21, 76-79.
Zhang, J., & Yang, Y. L. (2004 supplement). A study on linguistic sexism in English textbooks of China primary schools. Research on Education Tsinghua University, 24, 73-76.
Announced on LINGUIST :  The Effects of Duration & Sonority on Contour Tone Distribution
Courses Taught: 2006 – present Department of Applied Linguistics, Penn State University
• Instructor of Academic Writing II (ESL 015)
• Instructor of Web-based Academic Writing Course (ESL015)
• Mentor of M.A. TESOL student
• Tutor of Oral English to Korean learners
• Tutor of Elementary Chinese to Korean learners

2004 – 2006 School of Foreign Languages, University of Science and Technology Beijing,
P.R. China
• Instructor of intensive EFL courses in listening, speaking, reading and writing to undergraduates
• Instructor of English Writing to EFL self-taught students
• Instructor of EFL Immersion Program to adult learners
Courses taught:
• Intermediate English Listening and Speaking
• Advanced Business English
• Advanced English-Chinese Translation
• Tutor of Oral English for interviews into the Graduate School of Zhongshan University

2001 – 2004 Department of Foreign Languages, Tsinghua University, P.R. China
• Instructor of comprehensive ESL courses in listening, speaking, reading and writing

2002 – 2003 Department of Foreign Languages, Tsinghua University, P. R. China
• Teaching Assistant of Intermediate English Writing Course in distance learning

2003 Department of Foreign Languages, Tsinghua University, P. R. China
• Instructor of Experimental Children Bilingual (Chinese-English) Program

2002 Ganzhou Bureau of Education, Ganzhou, Jiangxi Province, P.R. China
• Trainer of middle school EFL teachers (108 in total)

2001 Fangyuan English School, Jinan, Shandong Province, P.R. China
• Instructor of EFL Summer Immersion Program to middle school students
Courses taught:
• Basic English Listening and Speaking
• Intermediate English Listening and Speaking
• Instructor of New Concept English to adult learners
Reviewer of: Phonology: Duanmu (2000) (LL Issue 12.1726)
Cognitive English Grammar (LL Issue 19.1503)
English Language Teaching in China (LL Issue 19.2817)
Academic Paper Abstract: Paraphrasing spoken Chinese using a paraphrase corpus
Constraint weighting and constraint domination: a formal comparison
Testing the role of phonetic knowledge in Mandarin tone sandhi

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