Professor, Renowned Linguist and Foreign Language Educator in China.
He is the leading figure in the reform of standardizing the college entrance examinations in China. He holds several positions, including Professor of the National Research Center for Linguistics and Applied Linguistics (CLAL), Vice President of China’s National Foreign Language Teaching and Research Association, Head of the China Association for Computer-Assisted Language Learning, and President of Guangdong Foreign Language Association. He was once president of Guangzhou Institute of Foreign Languages (now Guangdong University of Foreign Studies), and 2nd and 3rd term commissioner of the Foreign Languages and Literatures Group of Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council. He is one of the first to conduct research into English language proficiency scales and has published many articles, including On Establishing a Unified Asian Level Framework of English Language Proficiency which he co-authored with Prof. Yang Huizhong.
Professor of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics.
He is Counselor of the College English Test Committee and Head of the Natural Language Processing Institute at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He also pioneered research into English language proficiency scales. He led a project of the National Social Science Foundation of China – “National Unified Language Ability Scale Research” – and published related articles including the one he co-authored with Prof. Yang Huizhong. He was Dean of the School of Foreign Languages at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Chair of the College English Test Committee, and President of China’s Foreign Language Teaching and Research Association. He participated in devising the College English Curriculum Design and cooperated with the British Government in the validation study of CET4/6 (College English Test).
He was Chief Executive of Cambridge English Language Assessment and has managed a wide range of projects related to operational issues, the development of new examinations and procedures, research and most aspects of business management and development. He was a manager of the Association of Language Testers (ALTE) and co-editor of Studies in Language Testing (SiLT) published by Cambridge University Press. He has been involved in language education and assessment since 1977. He has an M.A. in Applied Linguistics and a Ph.D. in the same field, focusing on performance-based assessment.