Dr Danping Wang



Dr Danping Wang is a Senior Lecturer of Chinese at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She was born in Beijing, received her BA in English Literature and MA in Chinese Linguistics at the Renmin University of China. She was awarded the Doctor of Education Scholarship and obtained her doctorate at the Education University of Hong Kong. She worked as an Assistant Professor in a private University, where she developed a comprehensive Chinese language programme with her colleagues for Vocational Training Council. In 2014, she was granted the prestigious Teaching Excellence Award for her innovative and interactive teaching in Hong Kong. In the same year, she became the Sino-British Fellowship recipient to visit the University of Cambridge for research collaborations. In 2016, her research project on Chinese language education for ethnic minority students was fully funded by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council. 

At the University of Auckland, she received the Early Career Research Excellence Award from the Faculty of Arts in 2020. Because of her Chinese language education research expertise, she was appointed by the New Zealand Ministry of Education to serve on the Special Expert Group for reviewing the NCEA assessment standards. 

She is currently leading a Marsden Fund project supported by the Royal Society of New Zealand. Her Marsden project seeks to identify new theoretical directions to improve Chinese language education in New Zealand. It also aims to integrate Māori epistemologies as an innovative framework for Chinese language teaching to contribute to the Aotearoa-specific context and beyond. 

Research | Current

Her research interests include multilingualism in language education, language ideology, and overseas Chinese language programme development. 

  • Chinese as a second/foreign/additional/heritage language
  • Multilingualism in language education
  • History of Chinese language education 
  • Bilingual academic literacy 
  • Discourse analysis of language learning materials 
  • Language teacher education 
  • Learner autonomy and language learning memoir

Teaching | Current

CHINESE 100 Beginning Modern Chinese 1

CHINESE 301 Advanced Modern Chinese 2

CHINESE 740 Chinese Teaching Pedagogy

CHINESE 741 Acquisition of Chinese

Postgraduate supervision

I welcome enquiries from research students who are committed to becoming teacher-researchers in the field of Chinese language education. I'm currently working on a few funded research projects:

  1. Classroom discourse and translanguaging
  2. Academic biliteracy in higher education; Chinese as an academic language
  3. Language, identity and ideology in Chinese language textbooks
  4. Curriculum reform and pedagogical innovation of Chinese language education

I am the primary supervisor of the following PhD theses

  • Language education, ideologies and national identity: A corpus-based critical discourse analysis of Chinese language textbooks in Mainland China and Hong Kong
  • Language policy, identity and ideology of tertiary level Chinese heritage speakers from dialect backgrounds in New Zealand 
  • Motivation, beliefs and achievements: Chinese heritage learners in New Zealand Universities


  • Marsden Fund, Royal Society of New Zealand
  • Summer Research Scholarship
  • Fellowship of NZ Centre at Peking University
  • Sino-British Fellowship
  • Teaching Excellence Award
  • Doctor of Education Scholarship


  • Supervisor of MA and PhD students
  • Academic Committee member

Areas of expertise

  • Chinese as a second/foreign/additional/heritage language
  • Chinese acquisition 
  • Chinese teacher education 
  • Teacher study abroad 
  • Learner autonomy
  • Bilingual academic literacies (English and Chinese)
  • Multilingualism in language education
  • Teaching and learning Cantonese as a second/heritage language

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • President of The Association of Chinese as a Second Language Education Research in New Zealand (CLS-NZ)
  • President of The International Association of Multilingual Education (IAME)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Wang, D. (2019). Multilingualism and Translanguaging in Chinese Language Classrooms. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. Pages: 138. 10.1007/978-3-030-02529-8
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/45394
  • Wang, D. (2018). Chinese as a second language in Asian schools. In K. J. Kennedy, Z. Li (Eds.) Routledge international handbook of schools and schooling in Asia (pp. 502-509). Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/41914
  • Wang, D. (2018). 教育学视角下的汉语作为第二语言教学研究 = Research on Chinese as a second language from the perspective of pedagogy. 国际汉语教育 = International Chinese Language Education, 2018 (1), 21-28. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/41856
  • Wang, D. (2018). Motivating Students to Talk: TED Conference in University-Based Chinese Language Classrooms. 汉语教学方法与技术 = Chinese Language Teaching Methodology and Technology, 1 (4) Related URL.
  • Zhang, C., & Wang, D. (2017). Becoming professional: Exploring identity construction of non-native CFL teachers. In T. Jin, F. Dervin (Eds.) Interculturality in Chinese language education (pp. 89-106). London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/38876
  • Wang, D. (2017). 香港中文二语教育的发展与挑战. 云南师范大学学报(对外汉语教学与研究版), 15 (1)10.16802/j.cnki.ynsddw.2017.01.001
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/39377
  • Wang, D. (2017). Bilingual academic literacies for Chinese language teachers. In D. M. Palfreyman, C. van der Walt (Eds.) Academic biliteracies: Multilingual repertoires in higher education (pp. 160-179). Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34108
  • Moloney, R., & Wang, D. (2016). Limiting professional trajectories: a dual narrative study in Chinese language education. Asian-Pacific Journal of Second and Foreign Language Education, 1 (1)10.1186/s40862-016-0007-6


Contact details

Office hours

2021 Semester 1
Monday, 12 pm - 1 pm


Primary office location

ARTS 2 - Bldg 207
Level 4, Room 422
New Zealand

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