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FAN, Wenfang
Professor, Ph.D. in English Linguistics


Ph.D. in English Linguistics, Peking, P. R. China, (Advisor: Zhuanglin Hu) 1997

M. A. in General Linguistics, Shanghai International Studies University, China (Advisor: Dechun Wang), 1993

B. A. in English Language and Literature, Hebei Normal University, China, 1988

Work Experience

Tsinghua University: Full Professor (2002-)

Harvard University: Department of Linguistics: Visiting Scholar (2004-2005)

Research Interests

English Teaching as a Second/Foreign Language; Discourse Analysis; Functional Linguistics

Courses Taught

Graduate courses:

Discourse Analysis

Systemic-Functional Linguistics

Undergraduate courses:

Issues in Cross-cultural Communication

English Listening



Davis, Glenn M. & Fan, W.F. (2016). English Vocabulary Acquisition Through Songs in Chinese Kindergarten Studies. Chinese Journal of Applied Linguistics (Quarterly).

Fan, W.F. & Zhao, G.H. (2015). A Multi-modal for Repair in FLT Classroom. Foreign Language Research.

Pawan, F. & Fan, W.F. (2014). Sustaining Expertise through Collaborative/Peer-Mediated Individual Reflections: The Experiences of Chinese English Language Teachers, Teacher Education Quarterly.

Fan, W.F. & Kuno, Susumu. (2012). Semantic and discourse constraints on Chinese Bei-passives. Linguistics and the Human Sciences.

Fan, W.F. IRF Conversation Structures and Interactive Teaching In Chinese FLT Classroom. Foreign Languages in China.

China Compulsory Education Textbooks:

Fan, W.F. (2012-2014). English Textbooks (1-12). Beijing: Tsinghua University Press.

Tsinghua ELT Dragon Project Textbooks:

Fan, W. F. (2010-2012). Tsinghua Middle School English (1-4). Beijing: Tsinghua

University Press.

Research Grants

National Social Science Foundation of China, “Research on China Elementary English Teaching and Learning Modal”, 2001~2012, Principal investigator.

Tsinghua University “985”, Third Period Constructive Project, “Research on a Modal for English Teaching from Elementary,Middle School to Tertiary Level”, 2012-, Principal investigator.

Honors & Awards

The Ministry of Education Elementary Education Curriculum Textbooks Expert Board

China Education Academic Committee Foreign Language Committee Academic Board

"Obligatory Textbook writing: Great contributions to carrying out quality education, and raising education quality in the round between 2001-2011 elementary education curriculum reform”

Currently, in the research field of English teaching “Dragon Project”, influential scholars include Lin Chen, Musheng Cheng, Wenfang Fan and Weidong Dai.

First Prize, 2006 Tsinghua University Teaching Awards, for English Teaching Research and Practice in Teaching English from Elementary, Middle School to Tertiary Level

Contact Information

Office phone number: 8610-627\71941


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