Director of Chinese Program • ACTFL OPI Tester of Chinese • Director of Chinese Study Abroad Program

Institutional Affiliation

University of Wyoming
Department of Modern and Classical Languages


M.A., Public Policy
B.A., Education and Economic Management

Research Interests

Business Chinese teaching; Chinese culture; cross-cultural communications; language proficiency testing and assessment

Regional and Thematic Interests

East Asia
Business and Economics; Cultural Studies; Language


Yan Zhang is the founder and the Director of the Chinese program at the University of Wyoming and the ACTFL OPI tester of Chinese. In addition to teaching Chinese language courses at various levels, she also teaches Business Chinese class and Exploring Chinese culture through media. She has been very active in giving many lectures and seminars at regional national and international conferences and symposia as well as setting up UW summer Chinese abroad program in China. Yan Zhang is a recipient of multiple awards at UW, such as the Extraordinary Merit Award for Teaching, the Top Professor award, the Thumbs-up Award, the Promoting Intellectual Engagement Award.

Selected Publications

Learning Chinese Step by Step. Heilongjiang People Press.