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Meet Our Team

Dr. Kris Hiller

Associate Director for the Writing and Language Studio
English/Russian/Other Language Coach

Hi! Привет! 你好! My name is Kris Hiller, and I direct the Writing and Language Studio, so you can often see me at WLS events. I also teach academic writing. I’m from the USA, but I’ve also lived in Russia, Korea, and China. I speak English, Russian, and a little Mandarin, which I’m trying to work on. I love learning about—and helping others learn about and develop skills in—languages and intercultural communication. When I’m not busy with other work for the WLS, I can help you with any area of English language learning, though I’m particularly interested in vocabulary development, reading, and pronunciation. I can also help with beginning and intermediate Russian. Come talk to me about your language learning!

Xueyi Yuan

Writing and Language Studio Coordinator
Writing/English/Mandarin Coach

Hi! 倷好!¡Hola! My name is Xueyi Yuan and I am also the Writing and Language Studio Coordinator. I speak Mandarin, English and Suzhouhua, and a little bit of Spanish, Cantonese and Korean. I love learning languages and I would love to work with you to become independent language learners. I coach writing, English and Mandarin at the WLS. Come and talk to me about writing and language learning!

Austin Woerner

Writing/English/Mandarin Coach

Hello! My name is Austin Woerner and I coach Writing, English, and Mandarin in the Writing and Language Studio. I also teach English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and Creative Writing at DKU. I am from the U.S. and my native language is English, but I am fluent in Mandarin Chinese, and I have worked for many years as a Chinese-English translator, with a focus on translating Chinese literature into English. I love thinking and talking about language, language-learning, and writing, and I look forward to helping you either improve your writing, develop other English skills, or advance your study of Mandarin. In addition to continuing to grow as a Chinese speaker, I am currently learning French by speaking it with my infant son. 

Cong Li

Japanese Coach

Hi! My name is Cong Li, and I’m a language learning coach in the Writing and Language Studio. I teach Chinese and Japanese at DKU. I am here to help more people learn and practice Japanese given the limited seats of Japanese courses. I am particularly interested in how culture influences language use and how game mechanics can be integrated into a language curriculum. I look forward to working with you and helping you meet your language learning goals.

Eric Eberly

Writing/English Coach

I have been an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher  for over 15 years including time in South Korea, the U.S. and of course China. I hold MA degrees in both ESL Teaching and Conflict Transformation. I have taught many types of writing courses, as well as a wide variety of other English skills courses. I am available to coach English writing and any other type of English language skill.

Erin Butler

Writing/English Coach

Hi! 你好! ¡Hola! My name is Erin Butler, and I’m a writing and English language learning coach in the Writing and Language Studio. I also teach EAP101 Writing about Language Learning and GS720 Graduate Academic Writing at DKU. I’m from Riverside, California (where I currently reside) but have lived and worked in China for over 3 years. My first language is English and I also speak intermediate Spanish and Japanese. I am here to support your English language learning and writing. I am particularly interested in how culture influences language learning, developing students’ oral communication and academic writing skills. I look forward to working with you and to helping you meet your language learning goals.

John Harper

Writing/English/Spanish Coach

My name is John. I am looking forward to the opportunity to help you with your language-learning experience. I am quite happy to help you with English writing or with other aspects of English learning. And if you would like help with Spanish (or if you would like to begin learning Spanish), I would be delighted to meet with you.

Kevin Sprague

Writing/English/Spanish Coach

Hi! 你好! ¡Hola! My name is Kevin Sprague, and I’m a writing and language learning coach in the Writing and Language Studio. I also teach Academic Writing, Public Speaking and Debate at DKU. I’m from the United States but have been living in China for almost 10 years. My first language is English and I also speak Chinese and Spanish. I have learned a little Thai and a little Russian and would like to learn more.  I am here to support your English language learning and writing. I am particularly interested in how culture influences language learning, developing students’ pronunciation and developing students’ reading skills. I look forward to working with you and to helping you meet your language learning goals.

Laura Davies

Writing/English Coach

Hi! 你好! ¡Hola! My name is Professor Laura Davies, and I am a writing and language learning coach in the Writing and Language Studio. I also teach English for Academic Purposes (EAP) at DKU. I am from England, UK, but have been living in China for 11 years. My first language is English and I also speak some Spanish and Chinese. I am here to support your English language learning and writing. I am particularly interested in how culture influences language learning, developing students’ academic writing and developing students’ reading skills. I am currently in England (GMT +1 / 7 hours behind BST). Once I return to campus, I welcome you to my office for a cup of tea, but in the meantime, I look forward to working with you and to helping you meet your language learning goals online.

Lisa (Hang) Su

Writing/English/Mandarin Coach

你好!¡Hola! My name is Su Hang, or you can call me Lisa. I am here to help you with Writing, Mandarin, and English language learning. I got my MAs in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages and International Higher Education. Before moving back to China, I taught Mandarin in Thailand and the United States for two years. I also speak basic Thai and a little bit of Japanese. I am currently learning español on my own and would love to work and learn something new with you together!

Lu Liu

Mandarin Coach

Hi! 你好!My name is Lu Liu, and I am a language learning coach in the Writing and Language Studio. I also teach advanced Chinese at DKU. My first language is Chinese and I also speak English and I am learning German now. I am here to support your Mandarin learning. I am particularly interested in how to utilize social media in Chinese learning. I look forward to working with you and to helping you meet your language learning goals.

Maxi-Ann Campbell

Writing/English/Other Language Coach

Hi! 你好! Hej! My name is Maxi, and I’m a language learning coach in the Writing and Language Studio. I also teach Academic Writing and Oral Communication for Graduate Students at DKU. I’m from Jamaica and the USA, but have been living in China for 7 years now. My first language is English and I also speak Mandarin, and I've just started to learn Danish! I am here to support your English language learning and writing. I am particularly interested in helping learners develop language learning projects and improve their writing. I look forward to working with you and to helping you meet your language learning goals.

Mickey Chen

Writing/English/Mandarin/Spanish/Taiwanese Coach

Hello!!! My name is Mickey. At DKU, I am organizing two activities now- ¡Hablemos! Spanish Club and Loquitos Art Lab. You can come and have a chat with me in English, a little Spanish and a little Minnanhua (Taiwanhua). We can work together on your language study plan and practice the target language. Also, when you come with your writing assignment, I can help you to improve your homework. Let's work together to learn some languages!!!

Minnange Qin

Mandarin Coach

Hi! 你好! My name is Minnange Qin and I’m a language learning coach in the Writing and Language Studio. I also teach Mandarin at DKU. I’m from Xi'an China but currently living in California, US. My first language is Chinese and I also speak English and some Japanese. I am here to support your Chinese language learning and writing. I look forward to working with you and to helping you meet your language learning goals.

Mengtian Chen

Mandarin Coach

Hello, 你好!This is Mengtian. I am a language learning coach in the Writing and Language Studio (WLS). I also work in the Language and Culture Center (LCC) at DKU as a Chinese language lecturer. I can speak Mandarin Chinese, the Wu dialect (a Chinese dialect that is popular in and around Shanghai), English, and a little bit French. I am Chinese, but I have been in the United States for more than five years. Although I am new to WLS, I have some experiences in tutoring students ranging from Chinese beginners to advanced learners. I am here to help you with any questions or problems you have in Mandarin Chinese learning, particularly the writing skills and pronunciation. In addition, I am also willing to chat with you under the topics of intercultural experiences and multilingual identities. I like music, dancing, sports, baking, and photography. How about you? Looking forward to virtually seeing you soon! 

Li Xu

Mandarin Coach

Hi! 你好! My name is Li Xu, and I’m a Chinese language learning coach in the Writing and Language Studio. I also teach Chinese classes for the undergraduate program at DKU. My first language is Chinese and I also speak English. I am here to support your Chinese language learning at all levels. I look forward to working with you and helping you meet your language learning goals.

Yu Miao

Mandarin Coach

Hi! 你好!  My name is Yu Miao (苗宇), you can call me 苗老师. I’m a language learning coach in the Writing and Language Studio. I also teach Mandarin at DKU. I’m from Jilin Province, China. My first language is Mandarin and I also speak English. I am here to support your Chinese language learning. I am particularly interested in developing learners’ culture awareness and learning strategies and abilities of doing things with language. I look forward to exploring Mandarin language world with you!