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Annie Zeng

Associate Professor of Chinese
CAS Languages
ADM 280


  • Ph.D., Instructional Psychology and Technology: Second Language Acquisition, Brigham Young University, 2005
  • M.A., English and Linguistics, University of Reading, 1998
  • B.A., English Language and Culture, 1982


Annie Ping Zeng, associate professor, has specialized in second language acquisition and teaching. Her research has been focused on the integration of language and culture and the cultural influence on language components such as vocabulary, grammar, pragmatic considerations of speech strategies. Her academic interests also include the study of traditional Chinese value system and contemporary Chinese pop culture.

Starting from 2014, she has worked as the editor of CLTA (The Chinese Language Teachers Association) online journal K-12 Chinese Language Teaching and the officer of the CLTA. She attends academic conferences frequently for her own research and the promotion of the journal.

In addition to teaching Chinese language courses, she also serves as the Director of the UAA Confucius Institute for which she has designed the CI programs in terms of helping expand Chinese language programs in UA system and Alaska K-12 schools, providing lecture and workshop opportunities to UAA faculty and students as well as local communities to learn about Chinese culture, bridging UAA with Chinese universities for exploration of academic exchange programs, and supporting local Chinese community for their cultural events and teacher training at the Chinese school. Under her leadership, the Confucius Institute has helped two high schools to set up Confucius Institute and helped connect UAA and a few Chinese universities. More importantly, about 30 UAA students have attended the Chinese Language Summer Camp in Beijing in the past few years and eight students have received the Chinese government scholarship to study in China.

As the CI director, Annie Ping Zeng has given lectures to UAA students and local communities on the Chinese language learning, business etiquette, social roles of contemporary Chinese women, Chinese language teaching, pragmatic approaches of communicative skills, and traditional Chinese medicine basics.