2015 CLTFA National Conference Keynote Speakers


    Dr Mark Shum 

    "Using 'Reading to Learn, Learning to Write' Pedaogogy to Teach Chinese as a Second Language" 
    Mark Shum is the Head of Division of Chinese Language and Literature, and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education in the University of Hong Kong. Mark has been involved in research projects of supporting Non-Chinese-Speaking students learning Chinese. He has also been involved in developing MEd Chinese Teacher programme leading to IB Certificate of Teaching and Learning.  


    Dr WANG Danping 

    "Understanding Learner Autonomy: What can the successful learner of Chinese teach us?"
    Dani Wang is an Assistant Professor in the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi). She has been involved in research projects related to curriculum development for CFL teacher education, learning autonomy, and medium of instruction in CFL classrooms. She was granted the Teaching Excellence Award for her innovative and fun-filled teaching in 2014.


    Mr Andrew Scrimgeour 

    "Why IS Chinese so difficult to learn? A reflection on 200 years of ‘innovation’ in Chinese foreign language learning" 
    Andrew Scrimgeour is a lecturer in Languages Education & Chinese at the University of South Australia. Andrew has been involved in research on aspects of Asian languages teaching and learning, particularly on issues in learning Chinese, and was involved in the development of curriculum for Chinese for the Australian Curriculum.


    Dr Jane Orton 

    "The Potential for Radical Innovation in Chinese Language Teaching – three Australian examples" 
    Jane Orton coordinated Modern Languages Education at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education for 20 years and has researched and published widely in the field. In 2009 she established the Chinese Teacher Training Centre as a national resource centre for CLT and directed its research, resources design and professional development until now. Jane is a Board member of the international Chinese as a Second Language Research Association and was a member of the Australian Curriculum for Languages Advisory Panel.